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When I click on "link" under a question or an answer, the link that's produced ends with my user number. It works just as well if I remove that number (and the preceding slash). Why is this number being appended? Am I breaking something if I remove the number to shorten the link?

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe it is for things like "this is brought to you by 'joriki' and 'joriki' thinks you will like it?" $\endgroup$
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 14:40

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I suspect that stripping off the user number will deprive you of the chance to earn the announcer, booster and publicist badges. This meta.SO thread seems to indicate that it has no other purpose.

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    $\begingroup$ See also this meta.SO thread where your suspicion seems to be confirmed and this blog post. $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. That makes sense. $\endgroup$
    – joriki
    Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 6:12

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