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Handling of Referral Links

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Per two users:
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After purchasing you get a referral link.

"Your friends will get 50% off their first 12 bottles and for each new subscription they make, we'll donate $1 to the World Food Program USA."
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With referral link it came out to $18.52 + free shipping.
In this case, a referral link provides the referrer no benefit (assuming). If it does, SD should provide their own referral link.

I don't understand the current enforcement of this rule.

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Never heard of referral leaks?

FW and Eb does it alot when you refer someone, you get a list, including their name/email/phone. Especially when it says "friend" on it.
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Never heard of referral leaks?

FW and Eb does it alot when you refer someone, you get a list, including their name/email/phone. Especially when it says "friend" on it.
I don't know what you're talking about.

If there is a benefit or privacy issue, SD should provide the referral code.

SD already knows significantly more about users than simply contact information.
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I was talking about user referral codes (which your original phrasing seemed to suggest).

If SD could work out a deal with that merchants, they would have, who knows.
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I was talking about user referral codes (which your original phrasing seemed to suggest).

If SD could work out a deal with that merchants, they would have, who knows.
Again, no idea what you are talking about and the point you are trying to make.

There are plenty of instances where referral codes/links should not be allowed, the linked thread is not one of them.

But that thread has a Global Moderator proactively warning against posting referral links. Despite the fact that SD has not provided a way to get the best price and that SD seemingly has no working relationship with that merchant (the link redirects through Skimlinks - so no direct relationship).

This sentiment is echoed by other users within the thread.

Please cease replying until you have familiarized yourself with the linked thread.
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It is a tough area. We do not allow members to post their own referral codes. 99.99% of the time it is self promotion.

If we allow it on a case like this it makes it tougher to enforce the strong stance we have against posting any referral code.
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If we allow it on a case like this it makes it tougher to enforce the strong stance we have against posting any referral code.
I completely disagree. Letter and spirit of the law are two different things.

This particular instance was a relatively low-impact thread featuring an (assumed) unaffiliated merchant. A referral code in this thread provides the user with a significant discount and doesn't rob SD of any commission.

And yet in this thread, where there are numerous, off-topic "jokes" about soylent green, the only action taken by SD staff is to warn users against posting information that might save other users money.

The hope is that SD staff is properly trained and allowed to use discretion in their enforcement of the rules; which did not happen here.
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Hello, MrCodeDude.

I am obviously not a staff member, but would like to respond, if you don't mind.

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If there is a benefit or privacy issue, SD should provide the referral code.
I have thought about this several times over the years, and there have been times when I have thought it would be a good idea, if only so some deals that are completely banned may be posted and known to the community. However, I feel like the biggest issue would be that the majority of outspoken Slickdeals members would be greatly against this. Many people already have issues with affiliate linking, of which SD is very transparent about and is probably the main source of revenue in order for this site to exist.

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A referral code in this thread provides the user with a significant discount and doesn't rob SD of any commission.
I don't think it's a matter of commission for SD, but primarily because there would be a ton of referral links posted if such an aggressive rule didn't exist. Even with the rule in place, I see and mod alert a lot of referral links in threads.

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However, I feel like the biggest issue would be that the majority of outspoken Slickdeals members would be greatly against this. Many people already have issues with affiliate linking, of which SD is very transparent about and is probably the main source of revenue in order for this site to exist.
This makes no sense. Every outbound SD link is monetized (either directly or through Skim/Vig).
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I don't think it's a matter of commission for SD, but primarily because there would be a ton of referral links posted if such an aggressive rule didn't exist. Even with the rule in place, I see and mod alert a lot of referral links in threads.
There's a difference between letter and spirit of the law. You just admitted the aggressive rule still doesn't prevent people from posting affiliate links/vanity codes.

Speed limit is 65, but you don't have cops pulling over people going 70 who aren't driving erratically/disrupting traffic flow.

My complaint isn't with the rule, but the particular handling of the rule in the linked thread, which results in a lose/lose (SD still doesn't get any commission, user doesn't save any money).
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