New advertising intrusive
I kept changing words in my responses to some discussions, because these hotlinks kept showinng up. I was afraid that other members were thinking I was trying to advertise some business or other.
Now I see that it is from GWeb itself, and there is a way to "opt out" if you like. Well, I liked and I did opt out. I find that it is intrusive and irritating, and it just might cause someone to miss the main source of information that I could try to link to in my response.
Maybe in time I will get accustomed to them, but I think it is like a sore thumb sticking out, it gets all the attention. To have some word as basic as HOUSE or AIR CONDITIONING lead to a link, is not important. Perhaps if the link was keyed to a brand name, like GE or GENERAL ELECTRIC, it would work better and actually provide a service for the membership as well as the advertiser.
I think it needs further refinement.
Meanwhile, maybe we can use LETTERS like AC or HVAC or PLBG (for plumbing) to subvert the triggering of a generic link?