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Hijacking affiliate links 
4th-Mar-2010 02:32 pm - Hijacking affiliate links
Skittish Eclipse
I've been given a heads up that has done some excellent sleuthing and investigation into hijacked LJ affiliate links:

What is LJ doing to my links?
What is LJ doing to my links? Part 2
What is LJ doing to my links? Part 3

Expect this post to be update through the day as I find out more and come up with a good summary.

ETA: No good summary, but I feel like I should say code got taken down, etc etc, business as usual.
5th-Mar-2010 02:15 am (UTC)
The sad, and worrying, thing about this is that it was so predictable. Anyone with half a clue about how Livejournal's users feel about things - or even half a clue about how Internet users in general feel about things - would have been able to guess accurately how the userbase would react to adding an affiliate ID to user-posted links, let alone removing users' own IDs. But the people in charge at Livejournal went ahead with it anyway. Logical conclusion: either they really have no clue how users think, or they really don't care. Neither is good.

If you end up with a mob of pitchfork-wielding users outside your castle gates one time, okay, well, anyone can make a mistake. But when it becomes a regular occurrence, you have to start considering the possibility that you might not be the hero of the story anymore.
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