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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.
7th-Mar-2010 08:33 am (UTC)
Well, I've been pretty much an LJ bitching analysist since about 2006, so I've seen bunches of patterns of LJ being sneaky and it getting found out and the pitchforks being grabbed. This one isn't ranking too high--one reason might even have to do with some of the people who originally would have done so having decamped mostly to other places already. (Some people continually get upset and complain, but never really leave or stop complaining in news.) Like you, one action or another they found out undermined their trust.

Another reason it didn't get too has to do with how fast the issue was taken care of from when it first started hitting ground zero. People didn't have a whole weekend to work themselves up before they heard from staff and the code started getting remove--they didn't even really have a whole day. That helps prevent further flagration a lot.

The staff you're hearing from is staff that *does* care, and this wasn't their decision or fault. LJ can be so dysfunctional about the way they implement these things sometimes it seems, it's quite possible those staff members didn't even really know or realize it was going on until it blew up.
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