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[Meta] Is there a policy against affiliate links in answers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2012 at 4:03 AM

Checking the FAQ I didn't see any mention of affiliate links in answers but such links do seem to me to be a form of self-promotion. As someone who just passed the 2,000 rep point mark and thus has magical powers to edit posts, should I edit the affiliate part of the link out when I see one, leave a comment about the link, flag the answer for moderator attention, or ignore the whole thing (if affiliate links are not a problem)?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

But at the same time, can't we discern that for ourselves? I follow links that people provide and can decide for myself that it's pure crap if it is. If they pose a "question" under the guise of selling their snake oil, flag it and move on. It will be shut down by someone with that ability. If it is something that I decide may be worth my time, effort, and energy, I'll research it further, regardless of who is receiving the commission.

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on May 30, 2012
at 08:14 PM

@Ed and Matt, makes sense. Thank you.

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on May 29, 2012
at 07:46 PM

To avoid appearances of inappropriate editing, it's just better to edit lightly and selectively, that's what I was trying to say. Editing questions may help the asker get answers. Editing answers isn't worth the time, just write your own better answer and get it voted up.

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:07 PM

@Matt and Mike, both questions and answers are collaboratively edited. It is ok to edit major or minor errors in grammar, spelling, formatting, tags, etc., as long as you respect the original intent of the poster. The problem of inappropriate editing has been discussed previously: http://paleohacks.com/questions/90308/meta-what-happens-to-trolls#axzz1wHbJt9jb

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 29, 2012
at 05:46 PM

Interesting. Not to be used for minor grammar/spelling issues? Why not?

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:42 PM

An affiliate link isn't just a link to someone's site, it's a link to a product for sale in which the person providing the link is making a commission. I think people with affiliate links should disclose that they make money from that link.

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on May 29, 2012
at 01:37 PM

That should be blog...and troves

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on May 29, 2012
at 04:55 AM

You're doing God's work, son.

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on May 29, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I tend to look at context. If someone asks "What is your favorite ...?" and someone provides an amazon link within an relevant answer, I'm OK with it. It helps me to see the product description, and I can choose to buy it with that affiliate link or not.

If however, someone answers a question in a way that I think that they're just using it as an excuse to put in an affiliate link, or just blatantly ends their post with an unrelated link then I delete that portion of the post, leaving a comment to that effect.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on May 29, 2012
at 01:36 PM

Why does it matter? Some people on this site have their own blots with treasure trovee of information. I'm all for their self-promotion if it helps me get answers.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 29, 2012
at 01:37 PM

That should be blog...and troves

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on May 29, 2012
at 02:42 PM

An affiliate link isn't just a link to someone's site, it's a link to a product for sale in which the person providing the link is making a commission. I think people with affiliate links should disclose that they make money from that link.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

But at the same time, can't we discern that for ourselves? I follow links that people provide and can decide for myself that it's pure crap if it is. If they pose a "question" under the guise of selling their snake oil, flag it and move on. It will be shut down by someone with that ability. If it is something that I decide may be worth my time, effort, and energy, I'll research it further, regardless of who is receiving the commission.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 29, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Don't edit folks' questions, aside from serious grammar issues and/or tags. Definitely don't edit answers. If it's spam, just flag it and move on.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:07 PM

@Matt and Mike, both questions and answers are collaboratively edited. It is ok to edit major or minor errors in grammar, spelling, formatting, tags, etc., as long as you respect the original intent of the poster. The problem of inappropriate editing has been discussed previously: http://paleohacks.com/questions/90308/meta-what-happens-to-trolls#axzz1wHbJt9jb

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 30, 2012
at 08:14 PM

@Ed and Matt, makes sense. Thank you.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 29, 2012
at 05:46 PM

Interesting. Not to be used for minor grammar/spelling issues? Why not?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 29, 2012
at 07:46 PM

To avoid appearances of inappropriate editing, it's just better to edit lightly and selectively, that's what I was trying to say. Editing questions may help the asker get answers. Editing answers isn't worth the time, just write your own better answer and get it voted up.

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on May 29, 2012
at 04:59 PM

There is no official policy just yet. Kelly's approach seems reasonable for now.

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