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Some time ago when answering a question about learning resources, I posted a couple of Amazon links. To my dismay, I noticed that the links were converted to rads.stackoverflow.com/amzn/...

Then I came here to find an explanation and stumbled upon Auto-Inserting Stack Overflow affiliate into all Amazon book links

I am sure the auto-insertion of links is necessary and useful but it also creates confusion: people usually look at the status bar before clicking a link. When it's an Amazon link, they instantly see the product title without having to go on that specific page.

However currently the affiliate link feature deletes that information, resulting in useless noise posts such as "Yeah yeah, but I know a better book. Oh..wait.. I didn't click the link to see that the book you suggested is actually the same one I am talking about".

I propose that the Amazon affiliate links preserved the product title visible in the original URL.

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FWIW, some corporate networks don't allow Amazon. It was classified as a shopping site on ours, and I had to ask special to be allowed to get to it. Ideally, of course, the author and title would be listed along with the URL. –  David Thornley Oct 18 '10 at 13:50
@David, I think you need to visit careers.stackoverflow.com at least they added it when you asked. –  Ian Ringrose Oct 19 '10 at 8:42
@Ian: This is, overall, a very good job. I usually don't notice the filtering (except when it blocks ads, which I'm not going to complain about), and when I needed an exception I got it within the day. –  David Thornley Oct 19 '10 at 13:46

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