End aggregator referrer abuse

markpasc : End referrer abuse in Radio. Done. I thought it was cute a while back to have Radio use my subscription list as the referrer (which is at least compliant with the letter of RFC 2616, if not quite in the spirit), but really it’s not: you don’t need to know it, and you can’t do anything useful with it. I doubt that you really want to go pawing through your user agent logs to find out whether or not I’m reading your feed, so I skipped that part: I’m just another anonymous Radio 8 in the user agent list, and the “-” I always should have been in the referrers.

deus_x : An end to my referrer abuse (in AmphetaDesk). Done. Since I didn’t want to bother with the user agent fix, I just edited AmphetaDesk/lib/AmphetaDesk/WWW.pm, and in sub get commented out one line:

# $req->referer( get_setting("user_http_referer") );

Adam Kalsey : Patching Aggie’s referrer. Um. Not quite done. I need to look at whether #develop, the open source C# IDE that Adam says he used, actually means that you can use it to compile C# with just the (20MB) .NET runtime that I already have, or whether you actually need the (131MB) SDK. It would be nice to be able to compile my own Aggie, since there’s a ton of wonderful stuff that’s in Aggie’s CVS but not yet in a release, but a 131MB download over dialup is an absolute dealbreaker.


Comment by Mark Paschal #
2003-01-31 21:47:04

I ended up putting quite a few weblogs in one ”RSS aggregator” ReferrerGroup in my webalizer.conf, because of this referrer poisoning. I can’t tell if any of them really do link to me, because it’ll only show up as an insignificant bump in my aggregator traffic.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Comment by Adam Kalsey #
2003-02-03 09:55:02

I don’t have the SDK, only the runtime, so apparently you don’t need the SDK to compile. I’m not going to pretend to know why or what you might gain by having the SDK since this patch was my first foray into C#.

Comment by Adam Kalsey #
2003-02-03 12:28:05

Strange how you sometimes stumble across the answers to your questions without looking. The SDK includes documentation, the runtime does not. Apparently you can compile code with either.

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2003-02-03 12:37:00

Documentation? We don’t need no steenking documentation!

Trackback by markpasc.org #
2003-01-31 21:57:05

End referrer abuse in Radio

How not to spam folks’ referrer logs with Radio’s aggregator.

Trackback by Mentalized #
2003-03-19 08:19:19

Bogus referrers

My referrerlogs are being polluted. Popdex, Organica, Technorati and others seem to not care about the HTTP specification and are…

Trackback by Jäger #
2004-05-20 06:10:44

Referrer Spam

Jäger 1.1.1 (Beta) adds the HTTP header ”Referer: http://jaeger.blogmatrix.com”. This has p.o.-ed these fine folks and I’m interested in your opinion on this. The reason I’m doing it is: Other companies in this ”space” are: in particular, Technorati a…

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