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How can I effortlessly spawn new, unused URLs to the same question on Codidact?

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I'd like to submit links to unanswered Codidact questions, to Reddit, in order to try to get them answered and popularize Codidact.

Although some SubReddits forbid submitting a link already published to any subreddit in the past — to fight spam — the snag is that on many SubReddits, my submitted link never appears because

  1. moderators forget to approve the link,

  2. or I don't have enough karma points and the post automatically is filtered out and removed from view.

Then my submitted link never gets published on the subreddit, thus I'm not spamming, thus this is principled and ethical.

This isn't a hitch for Stack Exchange posts, because I can append integers. Reddit admits the following as unique URLs.

https://math.stackexchange.com/a/3619240 https://math.stackexchange.com/a/3619240/1 ... https://math.stackexchange.com/a/3619240/50

But this fails for Codidact questions.

https://powerusers.codidact.com/posts/282135/1 yields "a 404 NOT FOUND" page.

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Don't do it for SE links either! (1 comment)

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This is not something we support, technically or ethically. You're more than welcome to promote content on Codidact communities elsewhere, but you must follow the rules of wherever it is you're posting; we're not in the business of circumventing rules for our own gain.

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I edited my post to expatiate why my actions are completely ethical. Please edit your post? (1 comment)
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I'm not familiar with Reddit, and don't know what you mean by "submit links". However, it seems this other site has certain rules, and your question here is about how to circumvent them.

You have no right to do that. Whether you think the rules are silly or not, it's their call to make. Think about how we'd feel if another user exploited a coding quirk on Codidact to do something we clearly state is against the rules.

We don't want Codidact associated with sneaking around the rules on other sites. This question should be closed for the same reason we close questions like how to fool for-pay software to run without having paid for it, or how to break a law without getting caught.

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I edited my post to expatiate why my actions are completely ethical. Please edit your post? (1 comment)
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I'm not familiar with Reddit. Still, reasoning generally:

"nobody ever sees my submitted link" doesn't imply that the behavior isn't in violation of the rules there, let alone that the behavior is ethical.

Also, pretty much by your own admission, "nobody ever sees my submitted link" is at least an incorrect (and likely outright false) statement, since you also state that there are moderators involved who "forget to approve the link". Disregarding the matter of being able to tell the difference from the outside between "forgetting" to approve something and declining something, for someone to "approve" something, they clearly have to see it first.

If what you are trying to do was acceptable where you are trying to do it, nobody would have bothered to design and implement a feature specifically to block it. The fact that (in this particular case) Reddit have spent time and money to enable such a block is a pretty solid clue that they do not consider such behavior acceptable, whether or not it is explicitly spelled out in the rules as being outright prohibited. Many terms of service also include a general prohibition on trying to circumvent technical barriers, which can also apply to what you are trying to do.

At the very least, trying to circumvent rules shows a lack of respect. That's not something we want people to associate with Codidact.

Absolutely do promote content which is hosted on Codidact, as well as Codidact in general, where and when appropriate, but in doing so, respect the rules that are in place where you do.

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I edited my post. The issue is whether the post gets published, not whether moderators can see the p... (1 comment)

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