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Something abt ethics! (22 posts)

  1. Alex King
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Showing images on your site that are hosted on another site is a big no-no! You shouldn't do it, even in a post.

  2. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    well, that would be going a bit too far. if u have just 5-10 megs in ur hands :P...

  3. antifuse
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Yeah... that's called hotlinking. You can use a form to generate the .htaccess rewrite rules so that only your site can link images by going to this link. *Or* you can go to this link which just gives you examples of the rewrite rules.

  4. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    well, i tried uploading a .htaccess file to my server that simply does not show after uploading.
    and secondly, i post images hosted on my server on forums (as in WP). So that wont work either.
    It's more an issue of ethics. Perhaps that guy will read this post and fix the problem. Or someday soon, he will let me post a comment or add his e-mail id or make a mail form on the site...

  5. Dave
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    If I remember correctly you have to upload the file as htaccess.txt and then rename it once it is on the server to .htaccess

  6. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Sushubh,
    I tried to do some snooping around to see what information I could find about the guy. He's just a kid by the look of his posts.
    As far as the .htaccess file goes, it's supposed to "disappear" when you upload it, but you should be able to access it via CPANEL or whatever interface you have to manage your site with.
    I guess you could temporarily change a few of your graphics to nonesense things or text graphics that say HOTLINKER or something...once he sees that his graphics are goofy from his end, he'll change them.
    Perhaps he doesn't even realise what he's doing.
    Craig.

  7. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Antifuse,
    Thanks for the link! I checked my site, and saw that I was vulnerable to hotlinking, so I used the .htmaccess code generator, and now I've closed that window!
    Craig.

  8. Alex King
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    If you don't want to host the image on your server, you can use this thing called a "link". ;) Hotlinking is still a no-no unless you have permission from the person whose bandwidth you are stealing.

  9. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    cool. .htaccess works fine. and now if I have to show some image hosted on my server, i will put in some other folder...
    thanks guys. and i will keep alex's piece of mind next time i hotlink someone else's image. :o)

  10. Michael Heilemann
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Hm, he seems to be Danish... Have you tried sending a mail to the somethinggeneric@domain name ?

  11. Michael Heilemann
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Doh, he even left your domain name on the blog!

  12. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    yup! even the alt text on the images is refering to my site. seems to be a kid anywayz... :)

  13. southerngal
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Liquibyte, I like Word doc's. I have never had anyone complain that it's not a .txt file.
    I may add a .txt in the future, but for right now my time is limited and that's what I have to offer. They have been on that site for over a year and as far as I know no one else has said anything about them just being in .doc. I do have people downloading them according to my stats, so until someone says something about it, how will I know? Please, next time instead of berating me on the forum board, just drop me an email. There is a link to my blog in my profile and a contact form on my blog.
    Thanks,
    Sara

  14. southerngal
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Glad you have it all fixed Sushubh! :)

  15. arthuc01
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I can see the Firebird Logo and Opera Logos in both Firbird 0.7 and IE6 on win XP mate

  16. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    thanks mate! :)

  17. southerngal
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I can see them in Mozilla. :)

  18. Alex King
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Re: Word Docs - maybe you could just use the Word's export to HTML function and put them directly on your site? I was interested in some of the tutorials but didn't bother to download them when I saw they were in .doc format.

  19. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Word export to normal text file as well.
    but if there are images and tables, HTML or RTF is more suited.
    if you have acrobat installed, even PDF is acceptable.
    But doc files are as dangerous as exe files from unknown sources. and u don't expect everyone to have Word Installed.

  20. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Damn, I am still having problems with the htaccess file on my server.
    My own site is unable to show the images...
    http://sushubh.com/testbed/htaccess.txt
    this is the content of the .htaccess fiel on my server. Can someone check it for errors. And check the blog ( http://blog.sushubh.com ) for testing. The images come on mozilla most of the time, but not on IE or Opera...

  21. tcervo
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    southerngal,
    Not berating you or anything, but just giving a reason why *I* personally never download .doc or .xls files: Both formats are *very* easy to load up with macro viruses. With macros enabled, all sorts of nasty vbscript badness could be wraught on the unsuspecting visitor who opens such a file. Those two formats (Word and Excel) are 2 of the most common carriers for viruses, and can easily exploit hundreds of known vulnerabilities in Windows. (I use a Mac half the time, but I still don't download Word or Excel files...)
    It's just a hard and fast rule I have, and one I encourage to all my friends, family members, and co-workers. If you look at any virus prevention article, book, etc., most all will advise not downloading Word or Excel files, or opening Word or Excel attachments (unless you know a particular file is coming from a particular sender, and it gets scanned by your Virus software.)
    Anyway, the short point after a long post is: putting it in text format (even Rich Text .rtf) would allow a great many more people to take advantage of the information you're presenting.
    -Tony

  22. phidauex
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    A common and amusing trick is to rename your images and fix the references to them in your own site, and then take pornography or other embarassing pictures, and name them the same things that your images were previously called, so when people view his site, the images that show up aren't the ones he expected to display. Quite humorous.
    As an aside, I use Gallery for my photo gallery, and I use a rewrite rule that prevents people from hotlinking any image except a small thumbnail. Whether they link to the full sized image, the resized version, or the small thumbnail, the server always sends the thumbnail. Its sort of a concession, if people really want to hotlink for some reason, they can give a preview, but they can't hotlink the whole big image and waste a lot of my bandwidth.
    peace,
    sam

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