Giving Credit (for links) where credit is due


#1

Continuing the discussion from Does a being blessed with the "Sage" badge bestow any additional Discourse authority?:

Dan: I don’t think the action you took:

will give you the hoped for response. Anything after the “?” you added ultimately goes to the target of the link (in this case meta.discourse.org).

I’ve tried - multiple times - to repeat a link in a way that credits the original provider of the link. It appears that Discourse does some strange stuff in order to give credit.

For instance, here is @sketch3d_de link - **as copied using “copy link address” then pasted somewhere else:

https://forums.sketchup.com/clicks/track?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmeta.discourse.org%2Ft%2Fdescription-of-various-user-states-in-discourse%2F35171&topic_id=44212

I tried, while in the reply editor, to duplicate this by putting the full link into the link url in the “add link” dialog box. The result - a link that goes nowhere! (And one of the things I tried was replacing the %xx references with their original characters.)

My reason for taking this public, is this:

Does anyone know how to re-use a link in a way that results in the original provider of the link getting credit for click throughs?


#2

Well I tried …

:sad_face:

I tried manually editing the markdown link, instead.

Manually editing seems to work.

Ie, I changed the link from:

[Discourse Meta: Description of various user states in Discourse](https://meta.discourse.org/t/description-of-various-user-states-in-discourse/35171)

to:

[Discourse Meta: Description of various user states in Discourse](https://forums.sketchup.com/clicks/track?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmeta.discourse.org%2Ft%2Fdescription-of-various-user-states-in-discourse%2F35171&topic_id=44212)

But this doesn’t seem to have the other user’s member id within it.

ADD: … so I manually added '&u=sketch3d_de" to the end of the copied link URL.

It now reads:

[Discourse Meta: Description of various user states in Discourse](https://forums.sketchup.com/clicks/track?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmeta.discourse.org%2Ft%2Fdescription-of-various-user-states-in-discourse%2F35171&topic_id=44212&u=sketch3d_de)

Does a being blessed with the "Sage" badge bestow any additional Discourse authority?
#3

Perhaps leading them to the post where the link was originally posted would provide some extra information on the context within it is used


#4

I often do this when there is a lot of background in that post.

In the case that was linked, I thought it extreme to have inter-thread links and wanted to make it look like the link in a quote block.

(I think we found the working solution,… Steve noted that we need to use the right-click copy link, and the member handle then added with “&u=member_handle” at the end of the URL string.)


#5

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