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What does the "ref" parameter to, and why should (or shouldn't) we remove it?

I'd like to know so that I can approve (or reject) the proposed edit.


Any referrer parts of the URL will be removed by Stack Exchange automatically, as any Amazon link in a question or answer will get rewritten with a Stack Exchange referral.

So where the Community user has made this kind of edit, it is an automated edit to remove the user referral.

  • I doubt it. Surely such an automatic edit would go straight through, not into the suggested edits queue?
    – TRiG
    Feb 6 '14 at 3:24
  • I checked with one of the SE devs - this is what happens.
    – Doktor Mayhem Mod
    Feb 6 '14 at 9:40
  • Okay. That's a bit weird.
    – TRiG
    Feb 6 '14 at 10:15

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