I tried to include two links to Amazon in this answer, one to the amazon.com page of a book and one to the amazon.de page of the same book. (This made perfect sense, since the two pages contain different book reviews, all in English.) In the edit preview, the links worked. However, in the submitted answer, they both got replaced by this link (though the original links were still there when I edited the answer again). Apart from the fact that I strongly prefer to decide for myself what links I put in my answer and find it disturbing that they get changed behind my back (after all, people will attribute those links to me and not to the machine that replaced them), in this case it broke the content, since the two links that were supposed to point to different pages with different reviews now pointed to one and the same page. My questions about this are:
- What is the rationale for rewriting the links?
- Why do the rewritten links not lead to the pages originally linked to?
- If there is a good answer to 1, is it compatible with that rationale to do what I did, namely to use a tinyurl instead of the Amazon URL to circumvent the rewriting?