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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/
16th-Jun-2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Hi, foxfirefey: I guess you'll see a notification for this, even though it's an old post, so:

Over on andrewducker's journal, he linked to http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2010/06/mindboggling-bridge-would-flip-traffic-lanes-for-drivers-in-china.html. This gets mangled by the latest DR script into something random on the same site.

Of those support requests I mentioned above, the latter 2 got closed with no response, so I've added a comment (which re-opens them, I think) saying it's been 2 months and I'd appreciate a comment from them. The first one got a response to say the devs are looking into it, and then closed, though the main support page says the problem's still there, 2 months on.

At this point, I'm annoyed enough to consider leaving. I'm not sure what the legal position on credit card chargeback would be given that I thought I'd paid for a journal with no ads by getting a paid account: does anyone know?
16th-Jun-2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
I'm curious--have you opened up a support request about what you've found on andrewducker's journal? This isn't me thinking that's what you should have done at this point, I'm just wondering.
17th-Jun-2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't: I'm in two minds about it, as I don't want to technically improve what I regard as a morally bad system. I've posted an entry asking where I should flounce to instead.
18th-Jun-2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm just in an observational mood to see what happens when it gets reported, don't think it'll improve the bad system (as Driving Revenue's coding has proven to be quite buggy in the past and will certainly continue to be so in the future). So, I opened one.

You know what I like best? You're post's currently on the second page of results for "Driving Revenue" on Google, ha! Delicious, delicious infamy.

Edited at 2010-06-18 09:07 am (UTC)
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