This question has a referral ID in a link in the question, meaning that the user gets a kickback whenever someone visits through that link and buys something.

I think that this ought to be against the rules of the site, and that the questions should either be flagged as spam, or have the referral part of the link edited out. I'm leaning toward editing the referral out.


  • related: Affiliate links (Amazon and others) on meta.stackexchange.com
    – Murch Mod
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 9:17
  • Note about edit: 'affiliate' might be more correct, but referral is more common. (and easier to spell)
    – Nick ODell
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 4:15

2 Answers 2


I usually handle it case-by-case:

  • If I get the feeling that the post solely exists in order to transport the referral, I flag it as spam.

  • If the post seems useful to me, I remove the referral, leaving the link without it.

Putting referral links into posts definitely casts doubt on a user's reason to post. I couldn't find an official rule, yet, but it is along the same line as posting your Bitcoin address for tips in posts. We forbid that, and other signatures, except in your personal profile. I'd say, let us put it in our rules officially.

To add some reasons (Update on 16th of December):

  • I'd consider it bad manners to put something in a post in order to profit financially, while the whole site is based on community effort.
  • Many if not most answers that include referral links are solely posted to present said link, therefore it lowers the perceived quality of a post when I discover a referral link in one.
  • "When I (significantly) improve a post with a referral link, should I change the link to my own referral link? Why should another profit financially from the improvements I made to his post?" -> Allowing referral links opens a can of worms.
  • To clarify, if a referral link is useful, I don't suggest removing the link, just the referral.
    – Murch Mod
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 1:00

OK so currently (officially) it is not against the rules.

I find using a referral link different from mentioning a bitcoin tip address.

Can I turn your question around and ask: if the link is relevant to the question, why not allow it?

You fail to mention any arguments for your preposition.

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