Can I know who shared my answers or questions in other posts, or this is not possible?

Sometimes some member answers, and in the answer shares a old question or answer for more clarification. Can I find such cases?

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    You mean within the SE network of sites, right?
    – rene
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:04
  • I mean in SE network @rene Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:05
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    I completely understand why you'd like to know. I also know that once you post a message on any public message board for any reason, it's out there. You might technically 'own' your writing, but there's is no one who can defend you. I am a photographer who found my image used by someone without my permission. It broke copyright. Big deal. I can do nothing because I don't sell my images and it wasn't used commercially.
    – WRX
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 21:20

2 Answers 2


You could find the posts sharing a link to your post by searching SEDE for the question (or answer) link of your post.

select top 10 *
from   posts
where  body like '%stackoverflow.com/questions/4660142%'
or     body like '%stackoverflow.com/q/4660142%'

That query is a common question about a NullReferenceException, which I think is the most used canonical in the C# tag. You can change it for your own questions or answers, but it will be quite a process to go over all of them.

Rene does have an even better suggestion: use the PostLinks table, which already does most of the heavy lifting.

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    Maybe PostLinks can help there: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/609691
    – rene
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:19
  • Oh yes. Totally missed that one. Updated! Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:20
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    Just to be pedantic, though, note that these queries tell you where the links are, not who shared them, which is very difficult to know for sure. That said, on average, the original author of the post that contains the link is most likely to be the person who put it there. Also, links from chat rooms and other sites, of course, are not possible to track on our end without seeing the actual links (the /q/postid/userid URLs from the "share" link). But yeah PostLinks is as close as you can get and covers most of it.
    – Jason C
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 17:15
  • Thank you @PatrickHofman this should help me Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 8:17

Well, of course there is the Linked Questions list. For example, when I link to a random question, you will see this question popping up in the Linked Questions list of that question.

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But that only works for questions.

Sometimes, it's possible to determine this from the shared URL. Here is the link when I click the share link under your question:


The 295232 is my user ID on Meta Stack Exchange.

However, if I just copy the URL from my browser's address bar, it's not possible:


This link just contains the question ID but no reference to my user.

Without a URL, you cannot determine who shares links to your posts. If they're successful, and you have an idea who did it, you might be able to see it via the Announcer badge, but that's a rare case.

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    I don't understand this answer. What has the share url and your user id to do with if a post of yours is linked to from another post? Or I read something else in the question.
    – rene
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:06
  • @Glorfindel some times some member answer and in the answer share a old question or answer for more clarification, so this is what i mean ! Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:07
  • @rene It's relevant because if the use the share url, the sharer's user ID is included in the url, and is tracked by SE whenever that link is followed, so you can in fact determine who has shared your post and how many people have followed it, but if they share it without using SE's "share" link, then you can't.
    – Servy
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:12
  • Sorry, it wasn't immediately clear to me that it's about sharing within the SE network. So my answer is everything but spot-on, but I'll leave it this way because it complements Patrick's one.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 15:22

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