It seems automatically generated comments such as this:

Does this answer your question? Ramsey-Turan number

don't include the user's ID number. As I understand, people can earn the "Announcer", "Booster", and "Publicist" badges through people clicking on links with their user ID. A highly popular feature request Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5 (plus a gajillion duplicates) ask for some reward for finding duplicates. In principle, it's possible to edit the comment to include one's user ID, but in practice, it's too much of a hassle to be worthwhile.

I'm just wondering if there's a reason why it's not designed to automatically include the user ID, to help them earn these badges.

Question: Why doesn't the "Does this answer your question?" duplicate link include the user ID number?

I understand the comment is auto-deleted if the question is closed as a duplicate; perhaps this is the reason.

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    Before the switch to HTTPS, we didn't allow links within the network to contribute to those badges, so using a share link on the same site did nothing. And those possible duplicate comments long pre-date the change to those badges. I imagine just nobody ever thought of converting them to share links.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jun 30, 2022 at 5:14
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    The same applies to oneboxed links in chat: the user ID gets stripped out. Jun 30, 2022 at 5:50

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A Does this answer your question? comment would ideally only be clicked by 5 reviewers - assuming the post is correctly signaled; promptly reviewed and; effectively closed. So it would still be 15 clicks short of the announcer badge, before "The comment will be automatically deleted if the question is closed as a duplicate".

Another reason is that the comment is system generated, meaning the least you can ask of someone to earn a badge is a conscious Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V ...

As for rewarding the duplicate finders (specifically the first user that flags or close votes a question) it has been marked but the recent change of awarding multiple steward badges per review queue already goes a long way in rewarding reviewers, so adding an additional publicity badge doesn't seem the most adequate choice.

Finally the change to SSL (see Announcer badge spike) made the badges somewhat less interesting altogether because it changed the end they were initially designed for.

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    It helps more if you find more questions that are duplicates of a single original, but still ...
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jun 30, 2022 at 5:45

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