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When I asked about sponsored links tags on GIS.se, Robert Cartaino said:

It is possible, but probably not for some time. Programs like this will be implemented if it makes sense for the community.

So I guess we need to decide if it makes sense for GIS.se. Should we vote on it here?

Has anyone analyzed the impact of sponsored links tags on stackoverflow with respect to site growth?

Once a corporation sponsors a link tag, I suspect they also encourage (or at least allow) their technical staff to answer questions.

Edit

On Stackoverflow, some tags are "sponsored", see this example for the windows-phone-7 tag.

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  • hmmm, 6 views in 4 days, I'll take that as a "no". – Kirk Kuykendall Aug 30 '10 at 1:04
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    I'm not sure precisely what a "sponsored link" entails. Perhaps you could more fully describe what you had in mind, Kirk? – whuber Feb 3 '12 at 19:15

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