When inserting a "short permalink" (i.e., the one obtained by clicking the "share" link) into a question or an answer, as clear text, it is substituted by the question title:

Do we like the share buttons? Do people use them?

However, the question doesn't appear in the list of "linked question" -- only if I use the explicit URL, in this case, https://tex.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/757/do-we-like-the-share-buttons-do-people-use-them.

Is this a bug or a feature? As I understand it, the "short permalink" is tied to my user account, and each click counts. So I'd like to use these permalinks, but I find the "linked question" feature more important.

EDIT: Actually, at least here on Meta, the question eventually appears as "linked". Perhaps I am just too impatient, but I have the impression that this happens faster on StackOverflow.

  • Just a note: links within the network don't count and aren't tracked...so the user portion of the URL doesn't mean much here. – Nick Craver Jul 7 '13 at 13:26

There is a clear distinction between the when the short permalink translates to a title/not, and this is based on whether the link is to a question or an answer. Question-links are automatically reverted to their titles, while answer-links are not (and remain in their http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/<id>/<user> form). As an example, here are share/permalinks to

My way of getting around the no-title answer-links is to use explicit markdown:

[<title>](<permalink to answer>)

It's slightly more cumbersome and doesn't update with an update of the title of the question, but the presentation is more clear. Regardless of the choice (question or answer, or markdown), a native link should be found in the "Linked to" section of the page. Native here refers to the network. For example, posting a link to a question on Stack Overflow does not automatically grab/translate to the question title:

True, for those interested in so-called "other badges", using the share permalink is the way to go:

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As of now, no native measure exists to track your progress of these announcement badges. I've personally used Google's Short URL service:

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The above link to our Welcome to TeX.sx! via the Google Short URL brings with it click-statistics by going to http://goo.gl/z69vm+.

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