The use of affiliate links in this answer has raised a flag. Specifically, the flag-raiser wrote:

"I feel like affiliate links aren't appropriate here."

So, are they appropriate? If this isn't a good use of affiliate links, what would be? Would there ever be a fair & reasonable usage?

  • Personally, I feel that the answer actually does use affiliate links in a fair & reasonable way. The author appears to be genuinely recommending those services, regardless of his own personal gain. In fact he makes a disclaimer about his affiliate links, and provides non-affiliate versions for those who'd prefer to bypass them. – Lindsey D Jul 6 '17 at 20:25
  • There's also this thread: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2716/… – Brad Bell Jul 6 '17 at 21:23
  • Personally, I'm O.K. with responsible usage of it. Practically, I'd say it's easier to have a consistent policy of discouraging it. – Brad Bell Jul 7 '17 at 4:55
  • Seems spammy to me, even if there are exceptions. And I think the main argument against it is, as @BradBell said, it’s far easier to have a policy that bans them than one that allows some but not others. – Brandon Kelly Jul 7 '17 at 17:54

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