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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:

  1. 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
  2. Can SE unroll internal links in comments (so if I copy http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/75624/168570 it 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.

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    Titles can change, and are often changed. So having a title shared publicly just to have it totally different in the actual page won't be a good idea. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 15 '15 at 7:51
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    Also, what you mean by "unroll"? Didn't get it from your example. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 15 '15 at 7:52
  • @ShadowWizard: I think unroll = unveil ~ implement... – Werner Feb 15 '15 at 8:11
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    I disagree with #1 (and therefore by the way your question is phrased, #2 as well), since bloggers typically refer to things using this and that. If you're referring to Facebook (as social networks), it loads a hyperlink as part of an edit, showing the viewer a visual of the intended target. – Werner Feb 15 '15 at 8:13
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    @Werner yeah, but by "will automatically unroll" does OP means do it when copying i.e. in the user's clipboard? Or when pasting? Or something else? :/ – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 15 '15 at 8:15
  • @Shmuel too bad you're not bothering to explain what you mean and ignore all the comments, you might have been able to save this request, I feel like I'm missing something. Too late now. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 15 '15 at 23:03
  • @ShadowWizard Sorry, busy until now. As for title change, we change titles in the post, why can't we change it in comments? – Shmuel Brin Feb 15 '15 at 23:17
  • So your request here is to make meta.stackexchange.com/q/248573/152859 turn into Can Stack Exchange unroll the Share Button link? when posted in comment? If so, this was already asked and declined – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 15 '15 at 23:51
  • @ShadowWizard Could be that way, or at least into meta.stackexchange.com/questions/77394/… – Shmuel Brin Feb 16 '15 at 0:08
  • I didn't see that question – Shmuel Brin Feb 16 '15 at 0:10
  • Well, it's really unclear from your question that this is what you really want. You didn't mention comments, you didn't mention title. Want me to edit your request into shape? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 16 '15 at 0:11
  • "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." – Oh, but you do. – AstroCB Feb 16 '15 at 2:30
  • @AstroCB You get publicist even if the links are all local (so if I publicize this post on another SE question and 1000 people come to see it [unlikely :)] I'll get Publicist? – Shmuel Brin Feb 16 '15 at 2:41
  • @ShmuelBrin It doesn't matter what the source is as long as you're using the referrer links – that's why your user ID is in the short link. – AstroCB Feb 16 '15 at 2:43
  • @AstroCB In that case the question makes no sense. – Shmuel Brin Feb 16 '15 at 2:44
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The format of the shareable URLs are short by design. If you want to elongate them, you need to just:

  1. Open up a new tab
  2. Paste in the share link
  3. Watch as the URL expands
  4. Copy the BOOMed out URL that now includes the title

If you wanted to just get the URL of the question, grab it from the question title which is a link itself.

Or from the location bar, unless you've jumped in directly to an answer.

  • if you use those links, will you get referrer credit when people follow them? – Kate Gregory Feb 15 '15 at 15:29
  • @KateGregory What is Referrer credit? (is there some kinda badge for this?) – Lyndon White Feb 15 '15 at 15:48
  • @oxinabox absolutely! Scroll to the bottom of meta.stackexchange.com/help/badges to learn about Announcer/Booster/Publicist. – Kate Gregory Feb 15 '15 at 16:26
  • @KateGregory No, since they don't include UserId. – user259867 Feb 15 '15 at 21:03
  • I don't need it when I comment. I need it when people put a whole list of links in comments and then I have to open it in order to see what they're talking about – Shmuel Brin Feb 15 '15 at 23:18
  • @FamousBlueRaincoat Even if you use the code, it won't help since you don't get credit when linking on a SE site. – Shmuel Brin Feb 15 '15 at 23:19

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