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Viglink is evil

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Mr Lucky, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    Well, maybe that is going a bit far.

    Recently I posted on a forum about how important it is to get a good set of headphones for professional studio work. Viglink made a link of the word headphones and linked to a cheap set of earbuds, making it look to people like these were headphones I was recommending. basically making a mockery of my post.

    I really don't know why people use Viglink. Well, it's to make money of course, but why do that at the cost of the integrity of our forum?
     
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  2. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    For the same reason people use ads in general, I'm guessing. To make money.
     
  3. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Viglink Insert is what you have experienced on that forum. It is optional and doesn't have to be turned on. I dislike as it's obtrusive it so it's switched off on my Viglink account for my forum, I only use the standard URL linking option.
     
  4. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    Of course. But normal ads at least are (usually) obviously ads. When an auto generated text link appears to be a link generated by the post author, that is the situation I am talking about.

    There is nothing wrong with people making money from honest advertising which is transparent.
     
  5. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't use Vigilinks, but I also don't like "normal transparent ads" as a user. They're often obnoxious, with way too many of them, in all the wrong places. There's nothing wrong with people making money and I understand why ads are used, but just because they are generally more accepted doesn't make me like them any more as a user being bombarded with them everywhere I go.
     
  6. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    I use special CSS on my Skimlinks that overlines the link in order to provide a little bit of transparency.

    Oh, and I've been much more successful with Skimlinks than Viglinks, though I bet it could vary with your forum's subject matter.
     
  7. JulianD

    JulianD Well-Known Member

    You can turn off that VigLink feature if you dislike it and it will only work with already existing links in your board. Ask your fellow administrator, maybe they will feel the same way about it and they can flip the switch.
     
  8. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    No, it is not my board. I'm talking about posts I make on another forum, and some words I use get turn into inappropriate links so it appears to people I am linking to things not related to the meaning of my post.
     
  9. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

  10. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    Yes, but other people would still be seeing the the bogus link in my post though.
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015
  11. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Ah, yes, sorry, I misunderstood - you are not happy with the link being attributed to text within a post you have made.

    Perhaps you could suggest to the site owner that they format the links in a different (or obvious) way to ensure visitors understand that the link isn't your link, but one the site owner has put there automatically.

    I have changed the formatting of Skimlinks shopping links at my own sites and when you hover over them text appears to attribute them to Skimlinks shopping (to avoid an association between poster and link).
     
  12. akia

    akia Well-Known Member

    Do you mind sharing?
     
  13. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    Sure, here you go (put it in Extra.css):

    Code:
    a.skimwords-link { color: #176093 !important;
    text-decoration: overline !important;}
     
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