There is a little discussion in the comments of a recent MO question on the meaning of the word "affiliation" in our promotion help page. If you promote one of your own publications in a post, should you disclose that you are the author? The help page says that "you must disclose your affiliation" if you promote something, but can you be "affiliated" to a publication? Perhaps "associated" would be better.

affiliated = connected to an organization
associated = connected to something

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    $\begingroup$ Just a note that this particular help page is universal on all Stack Exchange sites and cannot be edited by mods, only Community Managers. Thus it usually needs a very convincing reason to customize this page. $\endgroup$
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 4, 2023 at 8:45

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Yes, in my view "your affiliation" here means "your affiliation with the product", in this case the paper.

"If you discuss a paper of yours, disclose that you are the author" is a good policy in my view.

I agree with you that the wording is confusing, given that "affiliation" is commonly used with another meaning in academia. And to back it up we have an actual example of a user that was confused by this wording.

We should suggest to change the wording on [meta.SE].

(Disclaimer: I am one of the parties in the little discussion mentioned in the question.)

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    $\begingroup$ Shortcuts such as [meta.se] work in comments and in chat - like here: Meta Stack Exchange. (They are called magic links.) But they do not work in posts. $\endgroup$ Nov 6, 2023 at 18:52

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