Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

A new kind of ad?

  1. May 21, 2012 #1


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    A while back I was on PF from a public computer. I didn't want to sign in on that machine, so I was browsing as a "guest".

    I noticed something odd. In one of Evo's posts (I can't find it now), the letters "dell" were in a word, and they were linked to dell dot com. I thought, hmm that's odd.

    Today I noticed the same thing, but with "apple".

    So I did a test. I made a post with "dell" and "apple" in words and alone. When I'm signed in it looks just like I intended.

    But when I sign out and look at it, "dell" and "apple" are links. I didn't put the links there.

    Here's my test post. Does anyone else see links when they view it as a guest?

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=3922650&postcount=15463 [Broken]

    Is it a problem, or a new kind of ad?
    Last edited by a moderator: May 6, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. May 21, 2012 #2
    Lisab is spamming :eek: BAN HER!!!

    I see the links when I'm logged out, but not when I'm logged in.
  4. May 21, 2012 #3


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member


    Yes that's when I see them, too, when I'm logged out. Seems weird to me!
  5. May 21, 2012 #4
    All our posts are considered as "google ad". :confused:
    The linking happens when "showpost" file is generated for guest user.

    Attached Files:

  6. May 22, 2012 #5

    I like Serena

    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    I get it too when I grapple with your modeller.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook