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I noticed that every short-link/permalink that I share while I'm logged in includes my user id.

It would have been really nice if the UI had highlighted this fact in the link sharing popup so that people who don't always intend to share their identity elsewhere can remain secure knowing that they haven't.

  • You're right that this isn't obvious. However, it's done to be able to award badges for sharing posts and getting so many people to click on your link. – Thomas Owens Jan 15 '16 at 19:37
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    @ThomasOwens Thanks. I read about why it's done here, but I don't think that conflicts with what I'm asking for. Letting me know that I'm about to share my User ID would not interfere with that. – Wayne Bloss Jan 15 '16 at 19:40
  • I agree that it should be more obvious. I didn't know if you were aware of the badges and the reasoning behind putting the ID in the URL. – Thomas Owens Jan 15 '16 at 19:41
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    Contrary to the status-declined there I do think this warrants consideration. The UI should make sure you're aware of the presence of this information, especially given there's zero harm in doing so – Tim Stone Jan 15 '16 at 19:42