smurphster wrote:jim, members have been asking me to do that for quite a while.
To edit links they post to add the Co-Optimus affiliate code or replace whatever affiliate code was already there with the Co-Optimus one? That seems like a slightly Orwellian assertion.
I'm not objecting, BTW, if there's a policy requiring that no competing affiliate codes be posted. I'm not saying I'd love the idea, but I can hang with it. Co-Optimus is a business and it needs to pay its bills. That's cool. But I do find it kind of creepy, at least in principle, for staff to actually edit people's posts without putting any kind of indication into the post itself.
I know, you posted a reply afterwards, but it's a slippery slope towards not doing so, the reply didn't make it 100% clear what was going on, and people could've just clicked the link and never even read the reply.
I'd be much more comfortable if (a) the site had an official policy on the matter clearly spelling out what will and won't be done, and (b) if that policy were to insert a clearly-labeled alternate link into the original post rather than to revise what the original poster wrote without proper attribution. You could put it before the original link to ensure that anyone who wants to could click the Co-Optimus link and support the site — as I would happily do in such a situation if I were planning to buy the linked item.