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With a unique id for a question one can call attention to the previous questions with ease and also hyper text it.

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They are. For example, your meta question right here is #494: meta.biology.stackexchange.com/questions/494

Here's biology.SE #1: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/1

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  • $\begingroup$ Where is the question number shown? It is not visible to me. $\endgroup$ Sep 23 '13 at 2:36
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    $\begingroup$ Look at the url of questions. The format is: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/"Question_number"/"Title" $\endgroup$ Sep 23 '13 at 12:28
  • $\begingroup$ SE autoconverted my links. It's the number after biology.stackexchange.com/questions/ $\endgroup$
    – kmm
    Sep 23 '13 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ You can also shorten the URLs to things like http://biology.stackexchange.com/q/1 to save space. $\endgroup$
    – hairboat
    Sep 23 '13 at 15:26
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    $\begingroup$ Answers also have their own unique IDs: http://biology.stackexchange.com/a/59 $\endgroup$
    – hairboat
    Sep 23 '13 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ "Last thing a deep sea fish will discover is salt water" The simple answer should have been look at the URL as suggested by fileunderwater. Things need not be obvious for those who seek the answer. $\endgroup$ Sep 26 '13 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ You can click share under the post. The last number is your user ID and can be omitted if you like. $\endgroup$
    – frеdsbend
    Jan 12 '14 at 7:40

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