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I exported my SE data, and in /qa/[site]\PostReferralsInbound.json there are entries like

{"postId":1732454,"ipAddress":"...","creationDate":"2021-05-09T21:12:27.533Z","referrer":"https://www.cargocultcode.com/solving-the-zalgo-regex/"}

How is this data used? I can't seem to find any place that the referral URIs for posts are displayed back to me.

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It's displayed in an aggregated fashion in the site analytics page. That's a 25K privilege on most sites.

I guess it's useful to see if any external sites are putting significant load on the Stack Exchange servers and whether that changes over time. If a search engine dropped off the map for instance then Stack Exchange could investigate why that happened perhaps. However the original post for site analytics did say that

...mostly the idea is to give a fun little perk to people who have given so much more to the community and the success of the site.

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