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People who use my server's bandwidth without asking are just rude. Someone had linked to the (now departed) Lianna's Nekkid XXXmas images, so I kept moving them around to foil their off-site linking. Now, someone has decided to use one of the LJ userpics I made as an avatar on some board named "Suddenlaunch" - that one JPEG image is now the most requested file on my site, and is adding noticeably to my bandwidth usage.

Whoever is using that image - it's been renamed. If I find it being linked again, I'll delete it. Stop doing things without asking. That's rather presumptuous.


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Aug. 11th, 2002 10:49 am (UTC)
Well, I'm not the one doing it but....

deep linking is an intrinsic part of the web. That's why its called the World wide Web and not the World Wide Straight Line.

I'm no expert in HTML but I was under the impression that you can code to prevent linking to a page.
Aug. 11th, 2002 02:38 pm (UTC)
Image hosting vs. Deep linking
Well, you can code to prevent deep linking, but that's not the issue. And, I'm on a virtual host, so I don't have access to actually set that parameter in the first place.

Folks have been linking to images on my server, which kind of goes against the point of my sending them the images via email so they could host them on their own. When I make userpics, I don't expect to host them, because LJ does that. Some folks, though...

When people linked to the HTML for Lianna's archive, that was never a problem. It's all about context in my opinion. When you link to just an image without permission, that's rude.

I welcome deep linking to my articles and tutorials. If I didn't want people reading stuff, I'd not have a site after all. I am also one of those that is amused when one of the big commercial sites tries to stop deep linking to their articles, as if the act of going through 18 layers of navigation to get to the content is somehow better for the Picayune Tribune than just going to the article (which undoubtedly has its own ads anyhow).

Damn, this is a long reply...
Aug. 11th, 2002 02:46 pm (UTC)
gary's not being unreasonable here; it really is rude. however, the people doing it may not be too well informed and may not even be aware of their rudeness. if they (in simple ignorance) expected it to work like LJ, where you can give a URL for an icon, LJ hosts the icon and everyone's happy, then they might be completely unaware they're transgressing. they might also have figured that one little icon won't break anyone's back... and they'd probably be right, but the sum of multiple people doing this on multiple boards could be a serious drag to gary's server and result in him paying higher fees or worse.
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