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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 08:51 am (UTC)
our hard working ops team has disabled Driving Revenue at this time!

Good. I have 3 support requests open on this one, because:

1. It breaks rapidly mousing over a link and then clicking it, on Firefox at least: the click is ignored if the DR script is still loading/running (I'm not quite sure which), which it is the first time you mouse over a link, though not subsequence times. I have a fairly fast connection and I can mouse over then click fast enough to make it happen, so I assume the delay is at the DR end.

2. The script gives away URLs included in friends-locked postings: every time you move your mouse over any link, the URL is sent to a third party site. Bad for privacy.

3. I see it as advertising on a journal I'm paying for. If they'd like me to continue paying for it, I don't want the script on my LJ when it's viewed by anyone, and I don't want to see it when I browse the rest of the site when I'm logged in (same deal as other ads).

I've not had a response to any of these yet.
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