External links being routed through the SDMB

I’m not sure if the SDMB recently (last few months) added a tracking feature where external link clicks are tracked, but I’ve been getting 404 errors every so often when trying to follow a link. What happens is that I open a link in a thread on a new tab, get a 404 error, with the address bar containing a boards.straightdope.com/4 or another number. Am I the only one getting this, or has something changed with the SDMB?

Yes, there’s recent a thread around here about adding a tracking feature for the benefit of Amazon and possibly other sites. No, you’re not the only one getting the occasional weird url from a link.

In that case, I don’t like it and wish it would go away. :frowning: