[meta] Paleohacks using VigLink? Is this new?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I've recently noticed that some words in people's responses link to advertisements. The links are added automatically by VigLink. Is this new or have I just not noticed it before? It's a little annoying because you have to hold your mouse over the link and wait for the description to pop up to see if it's a real link or just a VigLink link. It would be nice if it somehow marked the VigLink links (e.g., different color, astericks, etc), but I guess that might defeat the purpose of having us accidentally click ad links.

Of course, it's completely up to site owner how he chooses to fund the site. I'm mostly just curious.



on December 25, 2012
at 01:50 AM

You should be able to see an example in my question above, on the words VigLink



on December 25, 2012
at 01:25 AM

I haven't noticed any odd links like this. Do you see them in the ads in the margins or in the actual posts?



on December 24, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I also noticed it recently. But I usually use an add blocker, and I don't see them when it is on. I turned it off because it was messing up some other stuff and when I came here there was a link to buy agave in my anti-agave rant.

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on December 24, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Yea, I noticed this too only recently. I access this site mostly from an iPad too so the only way I know to see if it's an ad or not is by clicking it. That makes someone money, and this is a free open forum so I'm not really complaining but it would be nice if the ads were marked differently or if the ads in text disappeared for people with high rep, maybe 1 or 5k?


on June 17, 2013
at 04:15 PM

I recently made a post that had several suggestions for products or pieces of software embedded in the text. VigLink went ahead and embedded other links in my text, so it looked like I was recommending whatever unknown stuff it decided to insert! I feel like this breaks a very important rule for websites: Never run ads that aren't distinguishable from normal content.

Also, I realize this is not what PH is trying to do, and not anything that's being done deliberately -- but VigLinks is, essentially, using my good name to advertise products that I don't endorse. I really don't like that. It's also inconsistent with the aims and values of the overall community, when it links to products like corn oil, McDonalds, or Barilla pasta.

If PH wants to use this revenue generation method, could we please get the links formatted differently so readers can tell they're ads?

(Technically speaking, this looks feasible -- the ads have class=vglnk so you it could be done in stylesheets.)

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