I just noticed that the “Share Link to Post” function (the little link icon that shows up at the bottom of every post) no longer lets you just get the URL to that post directly.
Instead, it pops up a “Sharing Menu”, which requires multiple steps (all of which involve some other program) to get to the URL. Previously this used to be the raw URL, with a couple of buttons to post to a few social media sites.
I don’t know if this is a Discourse change, something that’s been customized, or some OS-level policy change, but it’s going to seriously impact how easy it is to refer to other posts (multiple clicks instead of one, and waiting on other programs to respond - so that you can then do multiple clicks in that program to extract the actual link).
There does not seem to be a user-level preference for it.
I cannot see making future reference/link heavy posts if this is how it has to work.