Today, I just realized that when you onebox a link in chat, the referral tail is removed.

For example, if I try to onebox http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/9134/178438, it links to http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9134/jon-skeet-facts (Evidence that I used a referral link)

Could this be fixed? Sharing a link in chat obviously counts as "shared a link".

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Publicity badges are designed not to count clicks on links that are shared within the network:

The link must be clicked from outside the network in order for it to count for this purpose.

Since our in-house chat is part of the network, having the onebox link to the share URL would only result in a wasted redirect that won't count towards the publicity badges, so the system just rewrites the share URL into the normal URL instead.

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    Hmm, I didn't know that. Explains why I don't have any of those badges. Jul 16, 2012 at 9:43

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