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New affiliate script location 
22nd-Apr-2010 03:34 pm - New affiliate script location
Skittish Eclipse
The old affiliate script was at:


This newer one (since the last post) is at:


So, it looks like you should be mostly covered with AdBlock Plus if you use this as your filter:


I personally noticed sometime very recently when I started to have trouble clicking on links and having them work, since I haven't "opted out" at this time and because as a NoScript user, I have LiveJournal Javascript whitelisted, but not outboundlink.me. I think what happens because of this is that the script hangs looking for the response from outboundlink.me, which never comes because NoScript won't allow it.

I imagine the next logical step for LiveJournal and Driving Revenue would be to make a subdomain, such as outboundlinks.livejournal.com, to use to point to Driving Revenue's service, instead of using an external domain like outboundlink.me.
23rd-Apr-2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for this, was having trouble with clicking on links before.
23rd-Apr-2010 12:44 am (UTC)
It's quite the unfortunate script in that way.
23rd-Apr-2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Yes, getting links to work, or even viewing community comments off the F-list was requiring tinkering with noscript.

23rd-Apr-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
How do you add this filter to ABP?
23rd-Apr-2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Click on the AdBlock Plus icon in the bottom. Click the "Add Filter" button, and copy paste this into it:


Hit enter and voila!
23rd-Apr-2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (Hmm, it seems to also block the javascript for posting a comment in the same page?)
23rd-Apr-2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
I tried to add the link to my filter; hope I made it work.
Thank you!
24th-Apr-2010 03:49 am (UTC) - Question for foxfirefey:
What about this? http://yvi.dreamwidth.org/135580.html

Does what that post says mean ad-blocking the script will break the site? Just want to be clear about it before I go ahead and do so... :)
24th-Apr-2010 03:52 am (UTC) - Re: Question for foxfirefey:
I don't think so, as I'm not having that problem, but you'll break the site if you let LJ run scripts without blocking the affiliate link script, but block scripts from other sites. And even if you don't block any scripts, having it run can slow down your clicking.
24th-Apr-2010 03:57 am (UTC) - Re: Question for foxfirefey:
OK, my mistake re comment below: I had outboundlink blocked. I'll try those links again. Sorry for probably false alarm.
24th-Apr-2010 04:00 am (UTC) - Re: Question for foxfirefey:
Oh yeah, blocking one but not the other will totally screw things up like you describe. That's what I ran into myself.
24th-Apr-2010 03:54 am (UTC) - Also (free account, so I can't edit):
Links are freezing on me on LJ without ad-blocking anything at all - in any part of any page in site-scheme within anything you might call "entry-content" or "comment-content". I have to right-click/open in new tab to get around it. I don't have NoScript installed, either. Could this be another issue related to the script?
24th-Apr-2010 03:57 am (UTC) - Re: Also (free account, so I can't edit):
I'd (very politely) open up a Support Request about it, just noting what problem you have. Make sure you note what browser you are using (with any plug ins), the effects you are experiencing, etc. You don't have to speculate on the cause. Don't expect an answer back right away--Support is really overwhelmed right now, but the more people do that, the greater the chance that things might get fixed.

It does sound like something that could be related to this, if you are not using the opt out. Before you go to another link, the script wants to check with a third party to see if it should replace that URL with an affiliate one, and that could cause lag.
24th-Apr-2010 04:00 am (UTC) - Re: Also (free account, so I can't edit):
OK, one more time, sorry - I wish I could edit comments to keep this simpler: I had to unblock media6degrees.com *and* outboundlink to get link functionality back. Seriously, what are they doing that adblock breaks link functionality? That's just not right.
24th-Apr-2010 04:05 am (UTC) - Re: Also (free account, so I can't edit):
What I can't figure out is why those sites were blocked by ABP; if they're on Rick's filter list or if I added them in myself; I can't recall adding them but anything's possible. But what's weird is first I unblocked outbound, but links I clicked in entry-content/comment-content areas still wouldn't work. So I kept outbound unblocked, unblocked media6degrees as well, and voila, links worked normally again. Is this deliberate on their part?
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