As a new user, I’ve noticed that the links in posts are displayed with a badge containing a number beside them. It seems that the number is a click register, and it gets updated when I follow the link.
Although I don’t think this kind of tracking to be particularly creepy or pervasive, I do feel that the numbered badge can be distracting and interfering with the text content of a post.
I wonder if there is a setting for turning them off? If click-count tracking can be completely opted-out (i.e. no counting takes place), it would be great. If you do have a valid reason to keep this information, would you share the reason with us? Also, if this form of tracking is part of the site’s design goal, is there a way to stop displaying them as a user option?
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