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Driving Revenue still directing links to the wrong places 
29th-Apr-2010 07:39 pm - Driving Revenue still directing links to the wrong places
Skittish Eclipse
jfs has discovered links that end up entirely where they're not supposed to be:


Clicking on them in Camino, with all JavaScript enabled, opens up a new window (instead of going to the link in the window I clicked in, despite NO new window target being specified in the HTML) to a different site entirely:


Where the atid is 011076001001006000000000005009, for anybody who wants to keep track.

This is probably due to the affiliate linking script, as it only happens when I have the script enabled; if so, it means that Driving Revenue's new implementation still has problems making links only go to their appropriate sites, except this time because the redirection is entirely dependent on their outboundlink.me server's response instead of defined in the code, no debugging can be done on the script itself to determine what links will go where. It could be another case of whack-a-mole, just like with malware on ads, except this time even paid journals can't escape it.

ETA: marta has informed me that our hard working ops team has disabled Driving Revenue at this time!

ETA the second: Back now, for the curious.

Use these to test:


Regular amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-touch-Generation-NEWEST-MODEL/dp/B001FA1O18/
30th-Apr-2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Seems to be linking to the correct site for me, but only because I've already done the switchover in the admin console (Firefox 3.0.4 running NoScript and AdblockPlus).

Also, when filling in this comment I get the following warning:

We need to make sure you are a human. Please solve the challenge below, and click the I'm a Human button to get a confirmation code. To make this process easier in the future, we recommend you enable Javascript.

(I presume you've got Captcha enabled in case of trollery, but I found it supremely ironic under the circumstances that LJ is advocating using Javascript.)
30th-Apr-2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Yes, that opt out would keep this from happening.

Actually, we have nonmember comments screened in case of trollery! The captcha had more to do with some of our posts being popular enough to attract spam, sadly.
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