FYI: I've turned off usernames in "share links"

By default on Discourse sites, when you use the little :link: icon by a post to get a link to share, that link includes your username, and then if someone follows that link, you get “credit”, in the form of a counter which can be used for badges and awards.

We’re not using the default badges, and … I don’t find this very important or interesting. And, it’s also kind of annoying — not as annoying as those really long random tracking strings that social media sites use, but, still.

So, I’ve turned it off. Enjoy, now, sharing perfectly generic and anonymous links!


Very much appreciated. It felt like a mild form of tracking. I always removed the username part before pasting a link somewhere. That makes it easier. Thanks!

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