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I do not quite understand how the "share a link" badges work.

Is the idea that you post the URL to some other web site and people click on it? But then how they know you posted the URL?

Share the link where?

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You have to use the URL from clicking on share underneath the post, instead of the URL in your address bar.

The link that provided by the share button has your user number encoded into it.

For example, the URL for this question, from me pressing the share button, is:

http://meta.history.stackexchange.com/q/2217/2435

The ID number of this question is 2217, and my user ID is 2435. If you were to click on the share button, your user ID would be used instead.

Stack Exchange counts the number of times somebody has been directed to the site from one of those links for the link-related badges.

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  • fascinating, thanks very much – Tyler Durden Oct 11 '15 at 2:28
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    One thing to add: Only visits from outside the SE network count towards the share badges. – yannis Oct 14 '15 at 9:56

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