The Announcer badge is awarded to people who share a link that results in 25 distinct IPs clicking on it. To track that the URLs are constructed like this:


The first number is the post ID and the second number is the user ID.

The Question

Is it possible to see how many times a link was shared using data.stackexchange.com? I'd expect a table Links or something to be used to keep track of how many people clicked on a particular link, but unless I'm missing it I'm just not seeing such a table?


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That information is not available in the Data Explorer data set, no.

The data is only available internally; and not visible even on the regular sites until the badge is awarded.

  • So is the Data Explorer data set just a bunch of (MySQL-like) views or something?
    – neubert
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 2:11
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    essentially, yes @neu - it's based on the same sanitized subset as the public data dump.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 2:18
  • I didn't know stackoverflow did datadumps. I did Google searches to try to find them to no avail. I guess they're normally available as Torrents and are *.xml files? idk either way I can't find them!
    – neubert
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 2:23
  • @neubert data.stackexchange.com Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 5:15
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    @neubert The data dumps are currently being released as torrent of XML dumps, seeded by clearbits, here's the latest. The release method may be changing in the future.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 5:21

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