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I noticed today when copying/pasting a link that the link all of a sudden became huge.

Going from: http://jumbofiles.com/uyaktf1oq6f5

to this: http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...txt=D700_Odin3

I have seen Viglink before and it is an affiliate link creator that changes all links to affiliate links so XDA (or whatever forum) can make money from clicks. After a quick search, I did not see anything on the site about selling my information nor was there a notice about the affiliate links being used. This is a requirement per the Viglink website that states:

Will my users notice? Should I disclose it?

Most users do not notice on their own although we highly recommend you disclose it. VigLink does not change the user experience one bit. No links are inserted or removed on the page, there are no double-underlines or pop-ups, and mousing over a link looks "clean."

The US Federal Trade Commission requires that you disclose use of affiliate links. More information and tools are available.

Even if you are not subject to FTC jurisdiction, we strongly recommend you disclose. Our customers have found that readers are completely understanding if they are informed and can be upset if they are surprised. Informing your users will give those who desire it the opportunity to permanently opt-out. Although VigLink is unobtrusive, it is easily detectable by savvy users.

To go along with this, I checked the Rules page to see if it was modified to allow this. Still in the rules is this line:

Commercial advertising, advertising referral links, pay per click links and other income generating methods are forbidden. Do not use xda-developers as a means to make money.

Was this just a test to see if it would pay off or were you hoping no one would notice?

If any users want to opt out, please add *.viglink.com to your ad blocker or you can use their opt out page here: http://www.viglink.com/static/support/optout
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19th April 2012, 11:34 AM |#2  
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I noticed today when copying/pasting a link that the link all of a sudden became huge.

Going from: http://jumbofiles.com/uyaktf1oq6f5

to this: http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...txt=D700_Odin3

I have seen Viglink before and it is an affiliate link creator that changes all links to affiliate links so XDA (or whatever forum) can make money from clicks. After a quick search, I did not see anything on the site about selling my information nor was there a notice about the affiliate links being used. This is a requirement per the Viglink website that states:

Will my users notice? Should I disclose it?

Most users do not notice on their own although we highly recommend you disclose it. VigLink does not change the user experience one bit. No links are inserted or removed on the page, there are no double-underlines or pop-ups, and mousing over a link looks "clean."

The US Federal Trade Commission requires that you disclose use of affiliate links. More information and tools are available.

Even if you are not subject to FTC jurisdiction, we strongly recommend you disclose. Our customers have found that readers are completely understanding if they are informed and can be upset if they are surprised. Informing your users will give those who desire it the opportunity to permanently opt-out. Although VigLink is unobtrusive, it is easily detectable by savvy users.

To go along with this, I checked the Rules page to see if it was modified to allow this. Still in the rules is this line:

Commercial advertising, advertising referral links, pay per click links and other income generating methods are forbidden. Do not use xda-developers as a means to make money.

Was this just a test to see if it would pay off or were you hoping no one would notice?

If any users want to opt out, please add *.viglink.com to your ad blocker or you can use their opt out page here: http://www.viglink.com/static/support/optout


Perhaps it's a test to see if people read our Privacy Policy?

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Use of VigLink
Please note that xda-developers.com makes use of a system called VigLink in order to change links to certain online retailers being displayed on the site to include an affiliate marketing tag. This tag permits those online retailers to know that a user clicking those links has been referred by our site so that we may receive a commission on certain sales. VigLink and other online referral software programs are commonly used across the Internet, though if you have a problem with this practice, we urge you to turn off VigLink.

But in general, there are considerable costs associated with running a site with 4 million members and 30 to 40000 online at any one time. We meet these costs via donations, advertising and a small percentage via VigLink. It should be realised that Forum sites of our size, might seem to generate huge income, but in truth very very small numbers of Members ever click the adverts (typical of forum sites), so we do need to generate additional support funding via the likes of VigLink. As you see, this is no secret, and the privacy policy is linked to on our main portal page.
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Thanks. I wasn't sure where the Privacy Policy was and I can understand the costs for running a site like this. This was just the first time I have noticed the Viglink-created links and there was a huge uproar after some forum admins on another site installed it and did not notify its' users. I wanted to make sure that this wasn't also happening here.
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Thanks. I wasn't sure where the Privacy Policy was and I can understand the costs for running a site like this. This was just the first time I have noticed the Viglink-created links and there was a huge uproar after some forum admins on another site installed it and did not notify its' users. I wanted to make sure that this wasn't also happening here.

That's fair comment and I'm sure we'd all rather not have any advertising at all TBH.
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The problem for me is that all these crappy links are blocked with adaway...

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The problem for me is that all these crappy links are blocked with adaway...

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Yes. The link in the privacy policy to turn off viglink is itself on viglink, so with adaway blocking viglink there's no way to turn off the forum rewriting the links
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Ah, I just found something for anyone else reading this. Trying to download Magisk from this forum using my mobile, I was getting problems because of viglinks, but then on my desktop computer the links were direct ones. All you have to do is remove the /amp from the end of a URL on your mobile, and viglink disappears. It's an amp problem.
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