The /q/post_id/user_id form used for the questions' sharing/referral links seems to also work for answers. For example, when I go to /q/64030/1 I am redirected to /questions/64018/#64030. I use this feature quite a bit and I've just noticed that clicks on such links do not seem to be tracked for the purposes of the publicity badges (announcer, booster, publicist).

I submitted Shirlock Homes's answer on DIY about measuring the height of a tree to Reddit, where it got 60 votes and appeared on the front page of r/DIY. It must have got at least the required 25 visits, but 30 hours later I still haven't been awarded the announcer badge. In the same time frame I submitted another link to Reddit using the question ID, and I got a badge for it, despite it getting a fraction as much attention.

There have been several times in the past where I haven't received an announcer badge that I thought I deserved, and I'm now pretty sure that this was the cause.

edit: Tim Stone pointed out that Jeff confirmed in How and when does the tracking of shared links work? that these links are supposed to be tracked.

edit: It's now been five twenty days. I got another Announcer badge on a different site using a question ID, but this one still hasn't been awarded.


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With the changes to the publicity badges these are now supported (confirmation from balpha). This question is now resolved; I was just retroactively granted a Publicist badge for sharing the link.


Quoting Rebecca Chernoff♦'s answer to a new question:

No. These badges are specifically for linking to questions like the description says.

So there was a misunderstanding and this is actually .


This really just comes down to the way badges are granted. Just because a badge runs on one site does not mean that it was run at the same time on another site. Some of our badges don't run as often as others, so the answer is generally "have patience".

  • Upvoting out of fear.... ;-) Nov 4, 2011 at 0:06
  • Upvoting out of civic duty.
    – jcolebrand
    Nov 4, 2011 at 0:08
  • Do you have any idea what sort of frequency it runs at for Home Improvement?
    – Jeremy
    Nov 4, 2011 at 5:58
  • @JeremyBanks our badges aren't really granted like that. I can't tell you when it will run next or when it ran last. Nov 4, 2011 at 6:02

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