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.