Thanks to those who have given feedback regarding our initiative to link to additional resources from terms identified in message board posts. We regret that some of you have been frustrated by these links and we have worked to improve the way they work.
As we’ve looked at data on how these links have been used we’ve found that a significant number of people are finding value in the links and taking advantage of them. We believe that these links are proving to be helpful for users who may not already know about many of the resources available to them. We hope to be able to continue to provide benefit to these users without creating a negative experience for others.
To improve the links you’ll notice that we’ve tried to identify terms with greater accuracy, blocking words that may be surnames but are more often used in other contexts. We’ve also modified it so that the box that appears when you move your mouse over a link doesn’t appear immediately so it’s not a distraction if you’re not intending to use the link.
We’ve also added a new link in each box that comes up that says “turn off links.” This will turn off all of the automatic links in message board posts for the full duration of your visit to the message boards. For anyone frustrated by these links, we hope that this helps improve your experience on the message boards.