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Jun. 10th, 2010

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Hey, IMDb.com, what is this bullshit?

Have you seen this? This is what I get now if somebody links to a page on IMDb.com and I click on the link. I get this stupid browser trick thingy that makes me go through extra steps to view the page. Yeah, it does work, but why? WHY??? What is the POINT???

Here, let's test it. Here's a link to a movie I like. Click on it and see if you get the same thing:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892769/

EDIT: This thing needs making fun of. I'll go first: http://kinkyturtle.masemware.com/pictures/lj/2010/ttrunincircles.png

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From:wbwolf
Date:June 10th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
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That makes no sense. I can understand providers not wanting to hotlink images, but why would they effective block direct linking to IMDb? That seems counterproductive. It'd be like if Wikipedia or Discogs (or any other crowd sourced info site) did the same thing.
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From:timmowarner
Date:June 10th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I have no idea but maybe it's some kind of anti-robot thing.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 10th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
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That's discrimination! Robots watch movies too! Especially WALL-E. All the robots loved that one.
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From:wildbilltx
Date:June 10th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Probably to stick a tracking cookie in your browser cache.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 10th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Don't websites do that normally (unless I block them)?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 10th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
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I don't think that's it; when I go to the site, the ads are blocked regardless of how I got there.
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From:yakko
Date:June 10th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
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They're just checking the Referer: header, which is totally STUPID anyway, since I have the RefControl extension for forging Referer: to be what they're expecting. (RefControl forges it to be the root of the target website.) Relying on this header for, well, any reason is at one's own risk. :o)
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From:vakkotaur
Date:June 10th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
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I just don't send Referer (except to a few very select pages that I individually enable) and go right to the right page. One more reason not to send it by default.
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From:q_pheevr
Date:June 11th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Yep. I'm going straight to the linked page, too, and my browser is set to send referrer information only within the same domain.
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From:yakko
Date:June 10th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
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While most any website (or their ad networks) will set cookies, Firefox can be made to only keep the cookies for the current session, so all cookies will be thrown out when you close Firefox.
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From:chipuni
Date:June 10th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
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I get that problem, too.

Weird.
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From:graemelion
Date:June 10th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Too many companies were just hotlinking straight into IMDB pages and stealing the info.

And many of these apps were making money, too, using that info.

Now it's stopped.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 11th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you know what you're talking about. :}
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From:graemelion
Date:June 11th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
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Well, I had a few apps that were for like, movie library generation.. and the data it was using was being straight scraped from IMDB. This doesn't solve it, as you can forge the referer, but it makes it clear who has permission from IMDB and who doesn't. :P

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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 11th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Oracle of Bacon still works, and it seems to use IMdB data for its linkings. Which is nice, because I like to play that game on occasion.

(Did you know I have a Bacon number of 3? Well, someone with my name does. Well, 4 somebodies with my name does.)
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From:orv
Date:June 10th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Anti-screen-scraping measure, maybe?
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From:chaysefox
Date:June 10th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
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I might be ahead of myself, but a link from a Google search result seems to have gotten away with it as does a link from Wikipedia.
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From:nefaria
Date:June 10th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Referrer Madness!

I'm having to learn web-design on my own at work without training, we have a Visual Basic program that generates XML that I have to debug, it makes my head all spinny.
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From:unspeakablevorn
Date:June 10th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Except that it's not necessarily an /image/ that it's blocking referrals to: the links above are to HTML pages. I can understand blocking hotlinks to images, but this is a bit much.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 11th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
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As the Unspeakable Vorn points out, this is not from trying to hotlink an image (in which case I'd *expect* to see a placeholder image; lots of sites do that) but from linking to a whole page.

Graeme Lion, above, seems to have the most sensible answer.
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From:tilt_longtail
Date:June 10th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
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wtf?
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