Previously, I mentioned how irritated I was with clueless idiots from Myspace who hotlink who hotlink images from my site because they can’t be bothered to simply copy them and upload them to their own server. This can include images I made myself, and images I copied from somewhere else to illustrate something.
Well, the first iteration of .htaccess needed some tweaking, and the original image was too small. After checking my stats tonight, I decided it was time to configure .htaccess to allow “trusted” hotlinks and then pull the trigger on the more obnoxious of the two images.
I did discover one very cool hotlinking site that pulls random images from Google Image and associates them with words, so I allowed that. It’s a neat idea and the site gives credit back to the original location of the image. I’d have given permission on that, no question.
However, another image-searching site is totally PWNED!1!! because I suspect that’s where a lot of the original hotlinkers found my images. Type in “blogula rasa” in the image search box, and see if my friend Laughing Man shows up 9 times (why only 9?).
If anyone shows up to complain that my little demonstration messed up their layout, sorry about that, but hotlinking is not a good idea. You could have asked my permission to copy images; it’ll be freely given if only you ask and I’ll be flattered and link to your site.
Besides which, a lot of the news images hotlinked from here were swiped from somewhere else… ironic, that.
Anyway, here are a few people on Mindsay whose profiles are pwned, or whose friends’ comments in the profiles are pwned.
m0rning (scroll down to see what happens when Chrismahanukwanzakuh is over)
And a Merrie Chrismahanukwanzukuh to you too, merrie!
And to Abdon as well! It’s like Festivus, except with cookies!
And purplediamondzz had a merrie one too, but it scrolled off her profile. Still, the excessive number of “Photobucket Bandwidth Exceeded” images is worth it.
However, the girl that posted “Kwanzuh” all over MySpace is her friend. HER profile is set to private, so I can’t see how messed up it is… I bet it’s really cool now.
neli315 (scroll down in her profile for her important thoughts about freedom)
ill_be_burning_star4 (scroll down in comments to celebrate cellular Easter)
Somebody at UCLA is doing a research project (sent him a courtesy email)
The Hotlink Checker returns much joy…
A French fangirl forum full of very hot hotlinked images (My rearrangement of the incredibly handsome features of Carter Oosterhouse caught ‘em twice…)
Commented to another Oosterhouse fan, as Jenn has good taste in Blogger templates :wink:
That seems to be it for now. Last time was funnier, because the one girl“>one girl had used one of my Arches pictures for, like, the entire background image of her entire blog. I was hoping for a similar coup this time, but no joy.
And the nice thing is that I couldn’t find any newer images at all, so maybe with this bigger one a few more people will cut their hotlinks. We’ll see. They probably won’t even notice, since they’re probably buried deep in their comments.
As I said before – I’m not looking to declare war here, I just don’t want to provide free image hosting to lamers who can’t be bothered to learn how to use a free image hosting service like Image Shack, Photo Bucket, or Flickr themselves.