On every question on the Stack Exchange network, there's a link to share the page you're on. When you click on it, it let's you copy a link to the page with a "referrer number", to track who brought the most traffic to SE and give them some badges.
I've had two issues with the current implementation:
- Can the title of the question be part of that URL? I mean sometimes one needs to shorten in (for texting/twitter) but most places (blogs or gasp social networks) don't need it. Let the incoming user see what question is he about to see. If this is impossible, then
- Can SE unroll internal links in comments (so if I copy
http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/75624/168570it will automatically unroll to
http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/75624/ban-dropbox-referral-affiliate-links) This is specifically annoying in comments as people tend to post links to questions which are possibly dups.
I don't know why people use this feature within the SE network as you don't get referral points for linking on an SE page.