Strange Problem with link

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by DipDog3, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2002
    I was posting what hosting company I use in another forum but the link shows up as in the post.

    I thought I had miscopied the address, but when I went to edit it, it was None of the other addresses in the post were affected.

    Any ideas?
  2. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    It's the resulting of some tracking/referral software we are testing. There's nothing wrong with the post or with MacRumors, and the link will still go to the correct URL. I'm sorry if it concerned you.
  3. Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2002
    That makes sense, but it doesn't go to the correct URL. It goes to instead of Something must be wrong with the referral.
  5. macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Dear Doctor.

    Excuse me??

    Does this mean that MR is gathering, and probably selling, info on links their members post??

    Signed: Curious in Canada.

  6. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    No, it's an auto-affiliate-ing script that turns links into referral links. It should be transparent, but obviously not in this case. I've turned it off for now.

  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Looks like it's back on again. I don't know how the auto-generation end of the feature works, but dealmac has their referrals set up to go to internal links ( links which then forward to the, etc) so the referrals are more hidden/less apt to cause paranoia among those of us who are, well, paranoid. I nearly jumped all over a fellow member for spamming until I found this thread.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I just wanted to inform those who are paranoid of an easy way to identify where the link is pointing to, while using Safari.

    In Safari, open the VIEW menu and select SHOW STATUS BAR. Now when there is a link, all you have to do is hover over it, and it will show where that link is pointing to in the status bar.

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