There is a lengthy discussion about VigLink here
Just one misconception you have with with adverts - VigLink does not add any adverts, it is a referral system.
Thunderer wrote:More to the point, can it be deleted from the filesystem and database (if it is included)?
Yes it can be disabled, data deleted and files removed in the same way as any other extension.
In otherwords and having read the viglink info, you want to sneak, via the backdoor, referral codes into pre-existing and future links that may be published in any post on any forum.
Sorry, but that will not fly with me.
I find the while viglink thing an underhand, low down, dirty way to earn funding for the phpbb project.
If you want funding, ASK FOR IT.
There is no need for underhand, low down, dirty ways to get it which, as far as I can see, this is.
Phpbb has always been about choice. LET US CHOOSE if we want viglink or not by removing it from the bundle and leaving it as a choose-to-install-it-yourself extension.
If this IS bundled with phpbb, then I will quite happily switch to different forum software, irrispective of whether we can uninstall viglink or not, given we should not be forced to remove something we do not want, or ever asked to be included.
Do I still have the wrong end of the stick?
Viglink = inserted referral code = if purchase made on clicked link, you get funding from it.