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Hello MNHQ - a question about automatic links please?

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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!

Marks and spencers
Toys r us

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

Thankoo! grin

Trills Fri 05-Oct-12 08:16:48

It would be better if mnhq focussed on making it easier to link rather than this automatic shit.

How could it be easier?

ThreadWatcher Thu 04-Oct-12 23:41:14

And the commercialisation of words I choose to post which may or may not be names for a shop/company is vile and tacky.


ThreadWatcher Thu 04-Oct-12 23:38:11

Re your post waaaay up thread

No it isnt useful
Yes it is intrusive


Lovefruitsandvegs Thu 04-Oct-12 19:10:48

not converted smile

Lovefruitsandvegs Thu 04-Oct-12 19:10:29


perfectstorm Thu 04-Oct-12 19:05:52

Thank you for the update, and also the listening.

I do like that about this place.

RubberBullets Thu 04-Oct-12 18:45:33

How about a sponsored silence with a whole day of not posting. Some people on here would raise millions slight exaggeration if they managed it grin

tribpot Thu 04-Oct-12 16:56:29

Thank you MNHQ. Happy to have a discussion on other ways to help you generate revenue.

differentnameforthis Thu 04-Oct-12 13:59:35


No problem smile

garlicbutty Thu 04-Oct-12 13:34:36

Just my tuppenth ... I'm really glad you've stopped doing this, MNHQ. It's exactly the same as a common spyware/virus toolbar thingy, which my browser catches once a month or so. I've ended up trying to remove it when it wasn't there, thanks to your skimlinks angry

As it happens, I get quite annoyed with skimlinks as it often fails to load properly and impairs my Mumsnet experience (pages hang, fail to complete, etc) but that's just a nuisance. When you're letting advertisers alter the content of posts it's just baaad.

So don't sign up for it again, please!

LoonyRationalist Thu 04-Oct-12 11:40:45

Thank-you for looking at this MNHQ smile

I do like being a member of a site which listens & sets such store by user feedback.

<Worries about sounding sycophantic>

Chopstheduck Thu 04-Oct-12 11:40:31

differentnameforthis That is brilliant, thank you!! Everything looks so much tidier now!

PrincessSymbian Thu 04-Oct-12 11:35:25

Thank you once again, you crazy women for making me giggle loudly, especially loved the mumsnet netmums link, how confusing could that be?
As always, I state marketing is evil and should be banned. Full stop!
<princess dreams on about her utopian socialist state, then is hit by a wet kipper and brought back to the real world>

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Oct-12 11:22:14

Hello. Just to let you know that Justine has posted this morning about this here.

But, in essence, we're going to take these links off for a while now and have a re-think about it. Thanks for all your input.

MaryZed Thu 04-Oct-12 11:06:12

Download google chrome, Chops, and then go to their tools thingy. It's great - and they have a Facebook-demand-blocker-thingy [technical term] as well.

Chopstheduck Thu 04-Oct-12 11:05:08

ooh do u have a link please?

differentnameforthis Thu 04-Oct-12 10:58:01

Actually the more I think about it, I'd rather PAY a yearly fee to have an advert free MN

You can have an advert free mumsnet by installing adblocker. I have just disabled mine to see what you are all talking about, because with it enabled, I can't see the links.

Chopstheduck Thu 04-Oct-12 10:47:32

Very clever trills! grin

silverfrog Thu 04-Oct-12 10:45:00

why do some keywords link, and others not?

I am confused.

I don't like it, but accept the mney-making potential. I would prefer random links in a different colour.

TheMightyMojoceratops Thu 04-Oct-12 10:41:39

I think it looks like the poster has linked to the site, and that they intended to do so. Which misrepresents the poster.

I also think there should have been some notice given that this was/is being introduced? Perhaps a note at the bottom in the section that tells you how to do links, something like "autolinks for brand names may self-complete"?

But once you're aware of it all you have to do is start doing A r g o s or whatever workaround to stop it working on new posts. Retrofitting it to old posts is vair naughty though. IMO.

LoonyRationalist Thu 04-Oct-12 10:30:54

I don't like it, and whilst I'm willing to accept that it might be necessary to replace creaking servers raise revenue there are some issues and I agree with others that:

I first thought it was malware.

Whilst affiliate links have the potential to be confused by user added ones it does look like endorsement. Links should therefore be different - a different colour would be fine. As others have demonstrated something that can't be user manipulated ;)

MN should have control over what words will be linked to, how hard would it be for a list of companies to be linked to to be approved? Only companies that you would accept advertising from should be on the list.

I also feel that it is wrong that the adverts are appearing on old threads written before we knew that this would happen. Now we know we can take steps to avoid but that isn't possible with old threads.

I have reinstated my adblocking for MN - previously I was happy to see adverts on MN as I felt that those shown were carefully considered and appropriate. The problem remains however that although I can't see it others may think I am linking when I am not.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Thu 04-Oct-12 10:20:07

Yuk. Now I can see and click (not going to though) on the linkys in the Jeffing App. FFS.

hhhhhhh Thu 04-Oct-12 10:00:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PropositionJoe Thu 04-Oct-12 09:51:52

I will Mis-spell everything. I do not want my words turning into links. If I want to link I will link. If I don't, I will make sure I don't. It would be better if mnhq focussed on making it easier to link rather than this automatic shit.

It's bad enough the bloody iPad insisting on typing something other that what i actually put, for example the capital letter on the first line of my post, without this bollocks as well.

Thumbwitch Thu 04-Oct-12 09:41:04

Norty Trills! grin

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