Linked Questions

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Would it be a problem if all Amazon links were converted to affiliate links? [duplicate]

I'm thinking that one way Jeff and the Stack Overflow team could squeeze some extra money out of this site would be to automatically convert all Amazon links posted here into affiliate links, e.g. ...
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SE is hijacking links? [duplicate]

Please keep in mind that the topic or quality of this post does not matter. If you think the answer is weak, that's fine, irrelevant, down vote it. What matters is the fact that a link that was ...
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1answer
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links to external commercial sites, redirect links (for monetization) [duplicate]

I added an Amazon book link to a comment and it got transformed to: http://rads.stackoverflow.com/amzn/click/0131177052 This performs a redirection to Amazon. If somebody clicks on it, do you get ...
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What purpose does rads.stackoverflow.com serve? [duplicate]

I saw a link to http://rads.stackoverflow.com in this answer. The link took me to a book in Amazon website. http://rads.stackoverflow.com/ redirects me to https://stackoverflow.com/ So, I'll just ...
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What are R-Ads? [duplicate]

It seems like certain links from SE sites to certain other sites get implicitly converted -- or used to be -- to links of the format http://rads.stackoverflow.com/site_name/click/token_number_thingy. ...
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How does rads.stackoverflow clicking work? [duplicate]

This Electronics SE answer includes a link to an example solution. The link entered in the text of the answer is https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G5SUZEG/ and is displayed like that as well. ...
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Affiliate Ads Are Coming To The Network

Some time ago, we announced that certain SE sites will have advertising enabled. This has gone well and we're extremely thankful to everyone for their support and feedback. Because it has been ...
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12answers
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Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?

I just found http://programmingfaq.w3ec.com/faq/4761/whats-the-hi-lo-algorithm which has an exact copy of this Stack Overflow question, What's the Hi/Lo Algorithm, with all its answers and no ...
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This user is edit-spamming dozens of answers with their affiliate code. Can they be removed?

See the activity here: https://stackoverflow.com/users/1071887/idan?tab=activity&sort=revisions Notice that most of the edits are simply adding that user's affiliate code to iTunes links. It's a ...
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6answers
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Replace trilogy raw links with the current question title?

It often happens that people will refer to other questions by simply pasting the full link to this question, especially on Meta. Would it be a good idea to detect such links, and replace them ...
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What has happened to the quality of answers on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Apologies of this has come up recently / been done to death, I've only just discovered Meta Stack Overflow. I signed up for Stack Overflow just after its launch nearly a year ago, and ...
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Affiliate links (Amazon and others)

I've just read this question (now deleted). What is the policy on putting affiliate tags into Amazon links on Stack Overflow? What about other affiliate links?
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Ban Dropbox referral/affiliate links? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using affliate links in answer/question Update: just found out that the db.tt links are not only used for all new referrals, but also for URLs to public files (for now: only if ...
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1answer
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Regarding rads.stackoverflow.com

I was browsing the site's most downvoted questions (don't ask why, I was real bored this cold morning) when I saw this post: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1156363/create-a-compiler-for-windows/...
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Replace Amazon.com links with amzn.com permalinks

Did you know? Everything on Amazon has a permalink. Not many people know about this, and so many questions and answers are littered with complicated Amazon URLs which are probably more fragile than ...
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1answer
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Is the revenue made by the Amazon Affiliate link rewriting enough to offset the costs of maintaining it?

As most of us active here know, all Amazon links that are posted here (at least for U.S. amazon.com, not for Amazon in other countries, e.g. amazon.co.uk, amazon.in, etc.) are rewritten to go through ...
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How can we link to products that exist on amazon.co.uk but not amazon.com without the auto-inserted affiliate link breaking?

I understand that the amazon.com links are automatically updated to include the affiliate link However, some products appear only in the .co.uk Amazon domain. For example, the following link (which I ...
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Auto Inserting Amazon affiliate links take me to the wrong Amazon

I live in the Republic of Ireland which is served by amazon.co.uk. The rads.stackoverflow.com/amzn/click/ redirector sends me to amazon.com. According to this article, the redirector should use IP ...
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1answer
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Amazon links are broken network-wide

Clicking on book recommendations in this SO answer currently redirects one to https://stackexchange.com/site-not-found. A couple of links from that answer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0131103628 https:...
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1answer
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Link to commercial site: is it spam?

Here is a really poor question with mainly a link to amazon. I'm pretty sure the initial intention of the OP was not promotional, but anyway the link remains. Should this kind of question be flagged ...
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Amazon links in comments

Sorry if this is a dup, but I couldn't find it. It seems that the Amazon affiliate links code doesn't work for links placed in comments.
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Hey! You're not eeeeking out the maximum profit you could be! (on Amazon links)

Since this was introduced Auto-inserting Stack Overflow affiliate into all Amazon book links (of which I am very much in favor of course) [I like my sites 100% free :D] I happened to come across a ...
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What licence is subscriber content provided under 4.0, 3.0 or them all?

In the footer it says: site design / logo © 2018 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required. rev 2018.8.7.31273 However, in the footer under ...
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Given that Stack Exchange no longer adds its referral code to rewritten Amazon links, can we get rid of the link rewriter?

tl;dr: There is very little, if any, purpose to maintaining the current rewriting and redirecting mechanisms for Amazon links in Stack Exchange posts, since the redirecting mechanism no longer adds SE ...
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Don't auto-replace Amazon links in codeblocks

In this question a user is asking about how to scrape an Amazon URL. The included MCVE contains the URL as a string literal: However, anyone visiting the question can't see that URL, as it is ...
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How much revenue does Stack Exchange make by auto-inserting affiliate ID into all Amazon links?

I wonder how much revenue Stack Exchange makes by auto-inserting affiliate ID into all Amazon links.
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Should the Amazon affiliate URLs be improved by including titles?

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 ...
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Magic ISBN markup?

A magic ISBN markup similar to the one on Wikipedia would benefit several of the StackExchange network sites created over the last year, including cstheory and math. It would also be useful for 1.0 ...
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Archival annoyance: Amazon URLs in data dump are rewritten to go through the old Stack Overflow affiliate redirect domain

I was recently generating some pages from data dump content, and noticed something problematic: links to Amazon books/products in the data dump HTML are still rewritten to use Stack Overflow's ...
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Brand / organization specific tags on Meta Stack Overflow

Do brand/organization specific tags such as amazon or microsoft provide any value on Meta Stack Overflow? I think they should not be allowed otherwise we would be opening gates for all kinds of tags ...
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1answer
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Book "reviews"/comparisons for tag lists

[I post this only because it seems different / more uniquely suited than previous questions regarding books.] Developers read books. Lots of 'em, and they often refer to or discuss books they read in ...
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What link should I post when making reference to a book?

When we are making a reference to a book in our answer/question... What link should I place? Original page book Wikipedia Amazon I'm just asking because maybe SE could earn some comission in some ...
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Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow have moved to CC BY-SA 4.0

Effective today, all Subscriber Content on Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network will be available under the terms of version 4.0 of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) ...