On the list of possible badges, I see some that are awarded for sharing links to the site or specific questions: Announcer, Booster, and Publicist. Presumably, these links are shared via social media. How can I do that? Specifically, how can I share links to specific questions on Facebook?

I swear, I've poked around trying to figure this out!

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There are little icons for sharing on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ just below the question's vote tally.

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But truth be told, R.M.'s Publicist badges are from questions he has been posting on reddit. I think this has to be done manually.

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  • Strangely, I don't see these but I feel that I've seen them in the past. Certainly, I could post directly from Facebook, but I'm guessing there's some advantage to using the link buttons when available. Suffice it to say that I'm somewhat more knowledgeable about Mathematica than about Facebook. :) – Mark McClure Apr 30 '12 at 12:12
  • They are only on the main site not here on meta – Verbeia Apr 30 '12 at 12:13
  • Thanks. I see them now but I guess they're only associated with the question - not specific answers. – Mark McClure Apr 30 '12 at 12:16
  • Correct. The URL pertains to the question, so this is sensible. – Verbeia Apr 30 '12 at 12:19
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    @MarkMcClure No matter where you share, if you use the URL from the "link" link under the question (when logged in), it embeds your user ID into the URL, which is how SE tracks the views. So you're not restricted to just the 3 options given. – rm -rf Apr 30 '12 at 15:14
  • @R.M OK, I get it. That subtly placed "link" actually points to the individual answer. Furthermore, the link encodes information recording whoever clicked on it allowing SE to track it. For example, if I click on the "link" under Verbeia's answer above, I generate the URL meta.mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/372/36 You must generate a slightly different URL? – Mark McClure Apr 30 '12 at 18:48
  • @MarkMcClure That is correct. Mine has /5 at the end instead of /36, which is my user id. Note that even though the answer links embed the ids, the badges are only for sharing links to questions... – rm -rf Apr 30 '12 at 19:01
  • @MarkMcClure Just to update you: My comment above is not fully correct. Sharing links to answers also count towards these badges and this was implemented sometime in January this year. – rm -rf May 9 '12 at 17:46

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