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18Apr/05Off

Fever, Spam, And More Damned Spam

It isn't good exactly but it is comforting to hear that I'm not the only one dealing with the out of control hotlinking problem that seems to be rampant over the past month or two. I'm actually pretty reluctant to allow anything these days and what exacerbates this is the fact that the logs are so full of referrer spam that they're basically useless for finding abuses and anomalies. I sort of use awstats for this by figuring out very quickly which domains are eating up too much bandwidth, creating an entry in .htaccess for them, and then watching the error logs to make sure I'm not cutting off anyone that should have access to things. I broke another site with anti-hotlinking rules so I need to keep a closer watch on that sort of thing. Finding the balance between reasons to monitor, because you're being abused or because people can't access parts of sites, is the tricky part.

I've been cursed for the past few days with a combination of the flu and a very flaky net connection so I've been offline for the most part. I'll probably take an extended break after the first of the month until I have some broadband at the new place and that probably isn't a bad thing.

The funniest thing I've seen all day.

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