ProTip: Remember to check your URLs for "utm_*" parameters

E.G. If I see:
"?" at the end of the URL you shared, I know you got it from Reddit

Or "utm_campaign=newsletter0120" tells me you probably copied it from an email sent in January of last year

These are never needed to actually reach the page you're sharing. They're just for analytics (UTM tracking modules) and will reveal where you get your information (to us and the site), which may cause privacy issues


@cypnk I almost never click on links, I almost always copy link, paste into a new private window, and clean the URL of unnecessary extra tracking parameters.

I actually have a script that does it for me. Does that make me unusual?

@ColinTheMathmo It makes you a cautious netizen, which makes you one of very few, sadly. Companies are counting on there being fewer

@cypnk I started because I like things tidy, and I started to like things tidy because I was on the original C2 wiki. In the early days there, conversations started in thread mode, then got distilled into "document mode". That has had a lasting effect on me.

These days I resent (some of) the ubiquitous, excessive logorrhoea that one gets.

So I trim it.


@ColinTheMathmo @cypnk To be honest I've always done this but the primary motivation was so that people didn't realize I was getting my news from this mailing list or that aggregator site. Yes, I thought it would be a better look if people thought I already knew what news I wanted to find, and then went out and found it. 🙄

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