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Old 10-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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What's going on?

Hi, I noticed my posts have little blue links added that I had nothing to do with. With my pointer on these blue links, I get "Shopping Link Added By SkimWords" . What's going on? Are my posts turning into advertising for someone; Where's my cut?
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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I made a post a few minute ago, and a link for an ebay auction showed ip in it. This creates a problem, people will think I am promoting or trying to sell something through my posts.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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Yup, same here. Was trying to find a way to tactfully bring this up (thanks Bob). I understand Andy has to turn a profit here, but please keep these types of links for the non-members. I publicize the vendors I use extensively, don't want to link those that I don't to my posts.

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Old 10-10-2013, 04:54 AM   #4
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I use firefox with adblocker plus add on and had not seen any of these links.
I turned off add blocker and still don't see them. Maybe they are already gone
A google search for skimword will turn up some info on what it is all about.
I believe this approach to advertising would create a lot of ill will . I know I don't want any links added to my posts that I did not put there.
I understand the need for advertising but had no idea there was so much of it until I turned adblocker off
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:05 AM   #5
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The irony... I was complaining about a link to a certain auction site in another post, and lo and behold, one of those links showed up in the complaining post. It makes me look like a hypocrite.
I guess anyone that doesn't like this new "feature" can use the contact us link at the bottom of the page, like I just did, and let somebody know.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:09 AM   #6
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I haven't noticed it....yet.

Where in the post does it appear?

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Old 10-10-2013, 05:19 AM   #7
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I haven't seen it at all. But if my posts start getting modified by someone and their changes portrayed as my own, I am definitely out of here.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:26 AM   #8
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I haven't seen it at all. But if my posts start getting modified by someone and their changes portrayed as my own, I am definitely out of here.
Good to see you Byron, been awhile. Yes, modifying posts is going toooo far!
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:33 AM   #9
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I haven't noticed it....yet.

Where in the post does it appear?

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I was on my iPad, using Safari. It's not showing up now on my regular Mac, using Firefox.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:24 AM   #10
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I haven't seen this at all. Use IE at work. Firefox at home.
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From what I can see it comes from an add-on extension that is tied to your browser. I run a Mac with three different browsers and didn't notice it. I also have Windows PC that I fire up every once in a while and don't see anything with Windows IE. So it looks like you can cure this if you can find the add-on and delete it, or if you have an ad blocking feature on your browser. Here's a link that might give you some additional info.

Seeing Unwanted Text Enhance Ads? - wafflesatnoon.com

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Old 10-10-2013, 09:14 AM   #12
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I don't see any links in any Airforums threads.

A lot of ads are now tailored to your own use of the internet. In addition to ad blocking and other measures it may also be helpful to consider a program like "Do Not Track Me" - I have had this installed for probably a year or more now and receive very few unwanted ads - in fact I don't remember the last one - and I often get blank spaces where I assume some type of ad was supposed to be.


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They might have just tested this. Another forum I post on tested this system several years ago and had to discontinue it after a week or so because users hated it so much.
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A search turned up a number of threads on different forums where this has been tried.
It seemed to be universally disliked and most seem to have dropped it
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