While the expectation is that the 'share' url will be used, in some cases one might want to use the longer main url. Would appending one's user ID make such a link count for the publicity badges (Announcer, Booster, Publicist)?

(I did notice that "/q/question_ID/question-title-text" works and that the question title text appears to be ignored [i.e., different text will still link to the question].)

Since even answer links now count and the title text appears to be ignored, I would guess that such links do count.

Somewhat related: "Announcer badge - How does it know I posted the link?"

  • This would make a good feature request.
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 15:34

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No, the Announcer badge only works with the short URLs.

You have to use the form http://sitename/a/answer_id/user_id or http://sitename/q/question_id/user_id for the tracking to work.

When you use the form /q/question_id/question-title-text you are simply giving it an invalid user id; the link works and redirects, and someone with the user id question-title-text would get the announcer badge.. :-)

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