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David desJardins
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For some reason, when the text of my posting contains a URL, it sometimes gets translated into a long redirect through click.linksynergy.com. For example: Comment. The text shown for the link is *not* what I posted (and when I go to edit the comment, what shows up is the original text, not the munged link).
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It's a method that Apple wants affiliates to use when text linking to itunes: basic affiliate linking
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Ok, that makes sense why it only happens sometimes. But user comments are not ads and I don't think BGG should turn them into referral links. And, even if they do, they could change only the link, not the display text, so readers can see what it's linking to.
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How does this display: City of Secrets+
 
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You still don't know what the link was before the munge, but it's a bit more meaningful. You could use the text to put the actual link in there I suppose: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/city-of-secrets+/id488542403
 
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Now, the suggestion is that the auto-munger should do the same thing that I just did above. I'll put in a request for that.
 
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Moved to Suggestions
 
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Yeah, it seems the main problem is the case where there's no separate display text for the link, then it's using the munged link when it should use the original link.

I still think its sketchy to turn user-referenced URLs into affiliate links for credit, but maybe I'm just behind the times.
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jmilum wrote:
You still don't know what the link was before the munge, but it's a bit more meaningful. You could use the text to put the actual link in there I suppose: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/city-of-secrets+/id488542403


Minor point: If you put the URL in the opening tag, you don't need to also put it between the tags; leaving it empty displays the unmunged link anyway:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/city-of-secrets+/id488542403

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/city-of-secrets+/id488542403
 
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