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Oh My Good Lord. You're doing random links from my posts!!!!!?!

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EdMcDunnough Wed 03-Oct-12 20:53:21

I just wrote something about tyres here and it turned my word 'e b a y' into a LINK!?!

WTF? I didn't do that! Is this going to turn into one of those forums where every other word is a link to some shite you never wanted to advertise look at in the first place?

What is going on??????? shock

lubeybooby Wed 03-Oct-12 21:00:39

it's some spyware you've downloaded... go into add/remove programs and get rid of whatever it is

EdMcDunnough Wed 03-Oct-12 21:04:25

Thanks Lubey - but it's not. I've just clocked another thread in Site stuff about automatic links and apprently it's a deliberate revenue thing from MNHQ


How crap is that

CharminglyOdd Wed 03-Oct-12 21:08:54

I'll add my voice to that. I rarely disagree with what you do MNHQ but I really don't like that at all. If I want to promote a brand (and I think Internet promotion works in some part by the number of links created?) then I'll do it off my own back, not by having it done for me. Will it also work if large numbers of MNers are complaining about a company? Surely then the company will get a google boost when they don't deserve one?

In my instance it was 'John Lewis' that turned into a link when I didn't want it too. Can also be confusing for people reading the posts as links usually lead somewhere the poster wants the reader to go.

fromheretomaternity Wed 03-Oct-12 21:09:05

Right I'm going to try


How's that?

CharminglyOdd Wed 03-Oct-12 21:09:15

*too = to

fromheretomaternity Wed 03-Oct-12 21:09:27


Still nothing?

fromheretomaternity Wed 03-Oct-12 21:10:30


There is a tick box 'convert links automatically'

Untick it, problem solved smile

fromheretomaternity Wed 03-Oct-12 21:12:03

Oh no that's not the answer

Thats so shit


Amazon eBay greggs tesco boden

fromheretomaternity Wed 03-Oct-12 21:12:43

Aaaaaargh link to boden too!!!!!!!!!

Northernlurker Wed 03-Oct-12 21:13:03

Thank goodness i've seen this thread. I mentioned B oden in a thread and it became a link! I was driving myself crazy trying to work out when I'd done that. I will untick!

ThreadWatcher Wed 03-Oct-12 21:13:05

Im appalled if this really is something MN think is an okay thing to do.

My turn to have a go.


ThreadWatcher Wed 03-Oct-12 21:13:54


OatyBeatie Wed 03-Oct-12 21:14:04

I don't think so, fromheretoeternity. The tick box is just a labour-saving device for links you want to create. Unchecking it doesn't prevent MNHQ from generating the links that they want to create for revenue purposes.

qo Wed 03-Oct-12 21:15:15

I saw that on another thread with the word wonga

JollyToddler Wed 03-Oct-12 21:15:26

I haven't spotted any of these. And I can't click on Boden in the fromheretomaternity 21:12 posts. Can you guys? Maybe it's your Internet software?

qo Wed 03-Oct-12 21:16:03

oooh look it's done it to me now!

JollyToddler Wed 03-Oct-12 21:16:08

ohh, the wonga one has happened!

Mad mad mad

Northernlurker Wed 03-Oct-12 21:16:30

Hang on though - I don't have it ticked


JollyToddler Wed 03-Oct-12 21:16:46

They're coming and going for me

Northernlurker Wed 03-Oct-12 21:18:22

and no link


ThreadWatcher Wed 03-Oct-12 21:19:15


ThreadWatcher Wed 03-Oct-12 21:19:43


EdMcDunnough Wed 03-Oct-12 21:25:44

seems a bit random doesn't it.

I don't have anything checked - I've been here nearly 6 years and can do links myself quite quickly if I want to.

It's when I don't want to that it bothers me.

This is shite, sorry MNHQ but it really is. sad please at least can we have an opt out?

dearprudence Wed 03-Oct-12 21:27:28

Weirdly, every time I refresh this page the links in other people's posts come and go.

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