I just received a badge (Announcer) for this question on AskUbuntu. I don't think I visited this question before, let alone share it.

When I click on the share button, it gives me a link with my user id. This means that anyone can easily increase someone else's visit amount, and I think this might be how I got these visits. I don't really think this is a security issue (but still tagged it, it weirded me out when I saw the notification). I love earning badges, but only when I actually earned them.

  • well, this is close but not close enough: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/145673/…
    – rene
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 21:33
  • Somewhere out there a link exists with your userid at the end. Where it is and how it was created there remains a mystery then.
    – rene
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 21:35
  • @rene I am pretty curious. Is there a way to find it? Tried googling the link, but that didn't help.
    – redfast00
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 21:41
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    You could try SEDE. Or search chat. Keep in mind there have been reports that this happened because a Crawler added a sequence number when they visited a post. The only people who might know is an SE dev but they are not going to sift through logs to find the referrer of visitors of that question.
    – rene
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 21:46


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