Badges

Cobaltmetrics displays various badges for each URI. Badges are simple indicators that summarize what we know about a given URI.

The API that powers the badges is public, see our API documentation for more information.

Equivalent URIs

This badge displays the number of URIs known to be equivalent to the input URI.

The count is given by our URI transmutation API, and the input itself is not included in the count. See the documentation about URI transmutation for more details.

Citations

This badge displays the number of citations of the input URI in our citation index.

By default, the count includes all citations of the input URI and of any URI known to be equivalent to the input. Clicking on the badge will reload the page with information solely about the input URI.

Digests

Coming soon.

Short URLs

This badge displays the number of short URLs known to be equivalent to the input URI.

By default, the count includes all short URLs for the input URI and for any URI known to be equivalent to the input. See the section on equivalent URIs for more details.

Resolver URLs

This badge displays the number of HTTPS, citation-ready resolver URLs for the input URI.

Note that this does not include URLs known to be equivalent to the resolver URLs.

By default, the count includes all resolver URLs for the input URI and for any URI known to be equivalent to the input. See the section on equivalent URIs for more details.

Alerts

This badge displays the number of alerts for the input URI.

Alerts are triggered when a URI matches a list of URIs or URI patterns (typically domain names) that are considered undesirable or objectionable by those maintaining the list. Such lists are entirely subjective, and their content depends on the tastes and objectives of their creators. By design, Cobaltmetrics indexes all the URIs it encounters, but some URIs are used by spammers, scammers, and other entities with predatory practices, and we believe alerting our users is a fair and simple alternative to censoring the sources.

Cobaltmetrics currently includes the following lists:

Note that alerts are disabled for the short URLs displayed in the short URLs badge, even if they match URIs or URI patterns in the lists.