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Published: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:09:21 -0800

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MeFi Affiliate IDs?

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 15:58:25 -0800

This thread gave me an idea. Could we set it up so links going to amazon or iTunes contain a MeFi affiliate id, so when visitors buy songs or books, some money could go to a MeFi general fund for hosting or sending mathowie on vacation or whatever?



By: Jimbob

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:09:21 -0800

The wealth shall be spread amoung the proletariat! From each according to their ability, to each according to their need! Rise up, brothers, and claim the spoils of our capitalist oppressors for the collective good.

(Yeah, sounds like not a bad idea, but I'm sure some individuals might not like their links being treated this way.)



By: null terminated

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:10:43 -0800

Then maybe a notice under the posting area, saying "Feel free to use these affiliate ids when posting" or a checkbox that, if checked, would automatically convert links.



By: monju_bosatsu

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:15:17 -0800

You can use this greasemonkey script to rewrite amazon urls to include the affiliate id of your choice.



By: null terminated

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:16:49 -0800

You can use this greasemonkey script to rewrite amazon urls to include the affiliate id of your choice.

That would only affect my links...if Mefi did it automatically, the hundreds to thousands of people clicking on the links would all have the Mefi affiliate id.



By: monju_bosatsu

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:29:27 -0800

Yes, I understand that. I'm just suggesting the script as a possibility in the interim.



By: Bugbread

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 16:46:24 -0800

null terminated : "Then maybe a notice under the posting area, saying 'Feel free to use these affiliate ids when posting'"

I very much like this idea. Optional, and extremely easy for mathowie to implement if he were to do so.



By: sciurus

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 17:58:17 -0800

I've tried several things out. I've had an amazon associates ID for years now and there are only so many ways it can be used here and I found it kind of obnoxious to attach the "metafilter-20" ad code to the end of any amazon URL that shows up here...
posted by mathowie at 1:39 PM PST on February 2 [!]



By: shoepal

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 18:29:12 -0800

Um, that greasemonkey script un-edited simply rewrites amazon affiliates to "wwwpalitoycom" so be sure to edit the script before installing.



By: LairBob

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 19:15:34 -0800

sciurus (quoting mathowie) writes "I found it kind of obnoxious to attach the 'metafilter-20' ad code to the end of any amazon URL that shows up here..."

Granted, to do it automatically might be obnoxious, but to make it an option certainly makes a lot of sense to me.



By: shoepal

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 21:39:12 -0800

If anyone wants to just install the script without editing, it's available here configured using the metafilter-20 code. (which I hope is correct)