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Often the answer to a question contains a reference to a book, this might as well point at Amazon in such a way as StackOverflow owns the commission.

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Kyle, I guess the main point was the one in parentheses, i.e. potentially earning money for SO, which your method doesn't do, I think. –  Jonik Sep 18 '09 at 15:23
    
@Kyle: That link doesn't have an Amazon Affiliate "tag" attribute, and so doesn't earn any money for SO. –  Bill the Lizard Sep 18 '09 at 15:24
    
@Jonik, @Bill: Yes, my link is a regular link, but I was addressing the "Make it easy for me to link to a book on Amazon" part, not the "earn money for Stackoverflow" part. Basically I was demonstrating that it's easy enough already to link to a book. –  Kyle Cronin Sep 18 '09 at 15:27
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duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10948/… ? –  Sam Hasler Sep 21 '09 at 10:18

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And what if someone wants to have their own affiliate tag in the link so that THEY can potentially make a little money?

I am not a fan of either, and I have seen numerous times where people who add affiliate information get flagged as spam. I don't like the idea of StackOverflow covertly changing my links to insert their own affiliate information. That is pretty shady.

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I've suggested before (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10948/…): How about if they refrained from transforming links that already contained an affiliate link a certain percentage of the time. I'd see it as something of a reward for contributing to the upkeep of the site. By explicitly allowing the posting of affiliate links it would encourage users to post more Amazon links which would (hopefully) increase the revenue Jeff and Co could generate from such a scheme. –  Sam Hasler Sep 21 '09 at 10:21
    
discussed here meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=amazon+affiliate –  Jeff Atwood Feb 10 '10 at 21:48
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This has now been done

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I for one welcome our new corporative cloud overlords.

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