Hello MNHQ - a question about automatic links please?

(289 Posts)
rhondajean Tue 02-Oct-12 22:52:11

Seems that quite a few of us are now having names of online shops come up as automatic links.

Eg(and fingers crossed these work!

Argos
Next
Marks and spencers
Wilkes
Toys r us

Can you confirm if this is a new addition to MN or are we all infected with something nasty?

Thankoo! grin

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 02-Oct-12 23:13:07

If it is a skimlinks thing I guess mn are trying to drum up some extra revenue. Can we really complain?

StripyShoes Tue 02-Oct-12 23:14:25

I saw the links too. How odd!

MonthlyChange Tue 02-Oct-12 23:15:16

Testing testing
Buy bread from Tesco Tescos.
Buy milk from Sainsburys.

MonthlyChange Tue 02-Oct-12 23:16:01

god, sainsburys converted!!! How awful!

MonthlyChange Tue 02-Oct-12 23:17:06

Asda

MonthlyChange Tue 02-Oct-12 23:17:24

Nooo!!

rhondajean Tue 02-Oct-12 23:19:20

I don't want to complain - I just want to know of there's a problem with my iPad!

secretly thinks its quite clever

Aldi

Lidl

Costco

Poundland

Nope thought not!! grin

AGoldenOrange Tue 02-Oct-12 23:26:29

Am on phone now and can see some links. But they didn't show up on the laptop

aufaniae Tue 02-Oct-12 23:29:32

Let me have a go, see if it does it to my post.

Argos.

aufaniae Tue 02-Oct-12 23:32:53

Ug. Not impressed.

I think it was Microsoft who had an idea, years back, to sell off individual words on the internet and make them links. Not just tradenames, but M&S could for example buy the rights to the word "knickers" (or scatter bags grin) and every time someone used that word and it was published online, it'd be a link to their ad.

It was quite rightly shelved as a terrible idea, it's basically the commercialisation of our speech.

I don't like the argos link at all as it feels like the thin end of the wedge <paranoid>

aufaniae Tue 02-Oct-12 23:33:19

Ha! It doesn't work if you don't use a capital! Take that, argos!!

aufaniae Tue 02-Oct-12 23:34:02

What's a pirate's favourite shop?

aufaniae Tue 02-Oct-12 23:34:30

Arrrrrrrgos.

Sorry, couldn't resist grin

I don't like it.

That should put an end to it.

[inflated]

Asmywhimsytakesme Tue 02-Oct-12 23:36:51

Let's just misspell all shop names to defeat it.

I shall be referring to Asdaa, Waottrose and Neext

I can do that^.

[understatement]

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 23:40:27

Yes these links are meant and it is a revenue thing. We've had skimlinks on the site for a bit in the form of an auto affiliate thing when people type in links. We make a decent amount of revenue from it - not loads but enough to pay for one of our servers and it seems reasonably unobtrusive. They've recently suggested we try linking to shop mentions too. I'm not quite sure how they choose them - think it's just who they have in their client list.

We hope it's not too intrusive - and that it might actually be mildly useful. We would certainly never do those pop up auto message links attached to keywords that you see on some sites and have turned those down a few times.

In any case do not be alarmed, your device hasn't gone doolally. And it won't be skimlinks making the site run slow - more likely server capacity. Will try to get to the bottom of it tomorrow.

MNHQ never sleeps, eh?

smile

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 23:46:32

Never! <props eyes open with matchsticks>

rhondajean Tue 02-Oct-12 23:48:20

Phew thanks justine! I was slightly worried - someone elsewhere said it was malware on people's machines and I thought I had done something horrible to my iPad.

I don't mind it at all as long as I know it's meant to be there.

Naoko Tue 02-Oct-12 23:54:44

I can't see this courtesy of my adblocker, but if I did, I would absolutely 100% assume this to be malware if I did, because there are numerous malwares that behave like that. Any advertising that looks sufficiently like malware to be mistaken for it is poor advertising, and I think badly of any website that uses it.

Just my feedback, in case anyone cares.

tribpot Wed 03-Oct-12 00:11:30

I agree, Naoko. And I also don't like the implied endorsement (one of the major concerns expressed on the Fool). Nor the fact it has been introduced without warning.

Given the performance of MN's servers, I'm not convinced it is generating a decent amount - although the implication is the performance would be even worse without the revenue it brings in.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 00:21:16

tribpot

I agree, Naoko. And I also don't like the implied endorsement (one of the major concerns expressed on the Fool). Nor the fact it has been introduced without warning.

Given the performance of MN's servers, I'm not convinced it is generating a decent amount - although the implication is the performance would be even worse without the revenue it brings in.

Really, you think it implies endorsement because it turns it into a link? That's interesting, never would have thought of that but certainly will mull it over.

And whilst I don't have the actual numbers to hand our performance in terms of site speed ranks quite favourably with google averages (though clearly our servers do get a bit creaky now and then - usually to do with a bug tbh).

I'm just wondering if the income generated is from clicking the links or just from having them appear?

Because the revenue would be very easy to manipulate that way wouldn't it? If someone has the inclination.

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<<passes HQ loads of capacity>>

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