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[resolved] URL in source - What does it do? (6 posts)

  1. Marc
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi,

    what does this pixel in your plugin do in class-core.php line 1024:

    $output .= '<img src="http://yarpp.org/pixels/'.md5(get_bloginfo('url')).'" alt="Yarpp"/>'."\n";

    I commented it out and request an option to turn this off.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/

  2. *Looks and drinks more coffee*

    http://plugins.trac.wordpress.org/browser/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/trunk/class-core.php#L1024

    Huh. As far as I can tell that URL has one purpose only and that's to track usage of this plugin. The md5 would make the blog URL unidentifiable but would generate a unique and trackable log entry for each WordPress installation.

    If that's the case then that would be amazingly uncool and not permitted in the plugin guidelines.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/guidelines/

    I commented it out and request an option to turn this off.

    Good job. If it were an optional feature and the plugin fully informed you of the usage tracking then that would be acceptable as I understand the guidelines. But just including that in the source is a problem.

    Hopefully the plugin author will respond to this topic.

  3. jeffparker
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi, Jan and Marc. We were hoping to use that URL to better understand the geographic reach of YARPP (primarily domain, country, date of install) to help us continue to improve it. However, we are now aware that we inadvertently infringed upon the WP guidelines. Oy!

    So sorry for this! We're about to publish version 4.0.8, which remedies the situation. I hope you and other YARPP users can help make YARPP better by opting into sending that information, as well as taking this quick five-question survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z278L88

    Thanks much!

  4. Jeff? It's good professional replies like that one that just ruins my sense of cynicism. *Shakes fist*

    Much thanks and I'm looking forward to that update. ;)

  5. jeffparker
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 9 months ago #

    "Ruining cynicism one YARPP user at a time!"

    Version 4.0.8 is out now so I encourage you to download it, if you haven't already. Thanks!

  6. jt70
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hi Jeff,

    I was wondering if you could help me out. When did this URL/tracking pixel go into the code? I'm battling Panda/Penguin strikes, and have seen a few mentions of hidden links being part of the algorithm. Knowing the timing of this would be helpful to my troubleshooting.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

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