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[Plugin: Broken Link Checker] Please don't spoof user agent

  • Hi,

    I’ve noticed that Broken Link Checker spoofs an IE7 user-agent string when checking links. Is there a reason for this?

    I would suggest that this is not good practice, and that it would be better to use a user agent string that transparently identifies Broken Link Checker/WordPress. That way sites can account for it when performing analytics etc.

    You might argue that some people will specifically block the link checker – well, they might, and they have every right to do so. Besides, there are many people who do the opposite and block bots/IPs that appear to be masquerading as real visitors.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/broken-link-checker/

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