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Is there a reason we have to click 'Share' in order to get a link to an answer? What happened to the old Link? It was so convenient!

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I think this way is a little easier; instead of right-clicking and needing to choose "Copy link location", I can Left-click and simply hit Control-C. To me, that's easier and faster. – Andrew Barber Mar 5 '13 at 13:39
@AndrewBarber: Yes, Ctrl+C is convenient, but I suppose I have a different workflow. Right-click, copy link location is fast. – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:41
I can be wrong, but what is different from the 'share' or 'link' button? I didn't noticed the difference – Wouter J Mar 5 '13 at 13:41
@WouterJ: It was just a link to the answer, like a bookmark link – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:42
@0A0D you can still do it, the "share" is ordinary link that you can right click and choose "Copy link address". There is also JavaScript in action that cause left click to pop up the box, but it's just an extra layer. – Shadow Wizard Mar 5 '13 at 13:45
@ShaWizDowArd: Ah, but that's my point. I don't want the extra layer. Just me a link ! :) – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:47
@0A0D you mean you want left click on "share" to open the link instead of showing the small pop up window? – Shadow Wizard Mar 5 '13 at 13:48
@ShaWizDowArd: Nope, just want the old Link link back, so I can right-click, copy. I don't care about the Populist or Announcer badges which is what the Share option is trying to promote.] – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:49
@0A0D like I said, "share" is the good old "link" just with extra features. – Shadow Wizard Mar 5 '13 at 13:50
@ShaWizDowArd: Well, sort of. Its a way to push the badges. – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:51

By clicking 'Share', you get a link that is formatted as:<answer id>/<your user id> for answers and<question id>/<your user id> for questions

By doing this, the system can track how many visitors were sent to an answer or question via a link by a particular user. This is used to count referrals by users and award the Announcer (25 visitors), Booster (300 visitors) and Publicist (1000 visitors) badges.

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Ok, so its a workaround since thats the only way the system knows. But why get rid of the Link link? I just want a link for internal SO use, not for sharing outside of SO, which was the point of the badges. – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:48
@0A0D AFAIK, "Shared" is the same as "Link" with just a bit of user tracking added. – Raghav Sood Mar 5 '13 at 13:52

Umm, the "link" link worked the same as "share", minus the social buttons. Click, hit Ctrl-C. Or right click and "Copy Link Address". I don't see how it can be made more convenient, short of directly copying the link to the clipboard when clicked.

Exactly what part of the old "link" option was more convenient for you?

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That I didn't have to do an extra mouse click or Ctrl+C, I could just go right click and copy it – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:53
@0A0D: But you can just right-click the share link too.. – Martijn Pieters Mar 5 '13 at 13:55
@MartijnPieters: Well, isn't that nifty. I feel stupid – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:55
@0A0D: That feature is still there. Try it. – Manishearth Mar 5 '13 at 13:55
Ah, you got it, nvm.. – Manishearth Mar 5 '13 at 13:56
@0A0D that's exactly what I was saying 11 minutes ago. – Shadow Wizard Mar 5 '13 at 13:58
@ShaWizDowArd: sorry for being thick – Brian Mar 5 '13 at 13:59

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