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Found googling "outboundlink dRev.js"

http://www.drivingrevenue.com/affiliatevb.php

Looks like LiveJournal's trying to force folks through an affiliate program to pick up some extra money for user behavior.
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Found googling "outboundlink dRev.js"

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Re: Found googling "outboundlink dRev.js"

If I had an affiliate link to anywhere I'd try to post it and see what outboundlink.net does to it…

I also wonder at the "Is this a real ID or will we be asked to change it?" comment. Could be that they're not doing anything yet because it's still being set up.
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I'm blocking this "dRev" script, myself.

Would you be willing to share how you're doing this?
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I'm already using GlimmerBlocker to kill ads. I went to the 'filters' pane of its prefs and added a new rule in the 'My filters' list: block, host is "l-stat.livejournal.com", path is "/js/pagestats/dRev.js".

For Macs using other ad-blockers, or other systems, do whatever's appropriate to block either ""l-stat.livejournal.com/js/pagestats/dRev.js" to nuke it just on LJ, or, presumably, "dRev.js" to nuke it everywhere.

Edited at 2010-03-03 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Dreamwidth sounds more appealing by the day!
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At present, my only problem with Dreamwidth is technical, which is a shame. Its authentication technology isn't cross-compatible with whatever I'm using for my RSS feed, so I can't get my friends-locked posts in Google Reader with it. At least, not that I've tried.
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ugh yeah... i'd noticed this when someone linked to http://www.crittersbythebay.com which redirected to eBay via "outboundlink". Thanks for the heads up...
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*checks* Oooh, awesome. The outboundlink back-end is stupid and breaks links, too! Yeah, this needs to diiiieeeee.
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Wow, that seriously blows. :|
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I couldn't get this to happen via Firefox, whether I was logged in or not. I started to wonder if maybe the brief redirect was simply happening too fast for me to notice, but when I tried doing it in IE, it was entirely noticeable.
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Yup. I'm looking at the source for the same LJ page in both IE and FF. The source from IE has extra code on the bottom that references the script you revealed here. The source from FF is missing that extra bit, and has no references to such a script at all.
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Hm...I can't get this to occur for me for whatever reason. Either they are testing it only on certain accounts or my ad-blockers are somehow catching it and routing things correctly.

Seriously though, wtf. Paid accounts shouldn't have to deal with any of this sort of crap.
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Yeah, me either. I've not installed any ad-blockers, other than what comes with Firefox by default.
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Dreamwidth is looking that much better.

This So fucking this. I've been there for a while with the username of "electrickeet", and they've not yet sucked even remotely as much as LJ has because they're honest about how they do everything. The things that LJ's taken back because of user outrage? These things just don't even happen on DW because they actually have some goddamned morals over there.
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I've noticed this too and it's quite bothering. Especially because on some comms it seems to be broken and I'll click a link and it'll cycle through outboundlink and open up the page I was just on in a new window instead of the link. I've been having to copy and paste links from that one comm. Not cool. >:[
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ysengrin linked to this post.

It has already been pointed out that this is related to http://www.drivingrevenue.com. And according to http://www.domaintools.com/reverse-ip/?hostname=outboundlink.net the IP address that hosts outboundlink.net also hosts http://www.jbrlsr.com and http://www.sciencerevenue.com.
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The same IP address also hosts drivingrevenue.com according to domaintools! I think that's enough correlation to say that this is drivingrevenue...
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Hey, I was just wondering where I was going to get my daily dose of Utter Hatred For Advertising from today! This was a good post and thread; +1 (Informative). Have ka-blocked the js in question via ABP, which hopefully will take care of it for now.
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Is this actually done with Livejournal's permission, or is it an attack? I haven't read enough of the ancillary information to tell.
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99% sure it's with LJ's deliberate cooperation, as you can make it stop by going to the (obscure) LJ text console and entering a command. I doubt an external hacker would have bothered with that detail.
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At the risk of becoming ostracized, has anyone gone to LiveJournal with this, or are we all choosing to accept assumptions as truth and not investigating any further?
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I dropped a comment on the latest entries in news and lj_releases. No response yet. Then I had a plane to catch.

I'm not making any assumptions; I'm just saying "hey there's this bit of Javascript that seems to be coming from LJ that fucks with the links for e-commerce sites and does its business in ways that raise warning flags, what the fuck?".
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Here's a test of an affiliate link.

When I was in New Orleans, I bought a copy of Pynchon's latest, Inherent Vice.
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Here's a test of an eBay link. Wanna buy a Nexus One for more than Google s selling them for? This is your chance!
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Tested using Firefox 3.5.4 (Iceweasel), parmament account.

Logged in, using default UserAgent and IE UserAgent: No outboundlink.net
Logged out, using default UserAgent and IE UserAgent: Links are redirected via outboundlink.net

In my case, it doesn't happen if I'm logged in, only if I'm logged out.

I'm fine with this. It's fair to do revenue generation on non-paying users, IMO.
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I'm a paid user too. I see it. I assume you don't see it when logged in because you did the "opt out of link tracking" admin command some people have turned up.

Also it's shearing off any affiliate ID I may have used and substituting its own… not good.
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well, this is kind of a kick in the pants to do something i've been meaning to for a while -- go through and edit my past lazy amazon &so forth links to drive business towards my local guys and indies like powells instead. i don't have any affiliate links myself, so that's not an issue for me, but going back through all my entries will take a while. :/
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This was excellent sleuthing and you're my main source for my post on no_lj_ads.

Edited at 2010-03-05 02:41 am (UTC)
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Annoying workaround, but if you use a URL-shortening service like bit.ly, snipurl.com, or tinyurl.com, it can't strip the affiliate tag from the URL. I'll be doing that until this is fixed.
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Clever, though I hate short URLs enough that I wonder if the disease is worse than the cure in this case!
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Thank-you for the breakdown. Very useful.
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I must be missing something. I don't get any redirects.

In fact, I loaded up the dRev.js directly into my browser...and got this:

/* this code is removed until we can get it off all our pages */

Hmm, I wonder, is LJ in the process of removing this "feature?"
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Yes, they are. Huzzah!
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Excellent sleuthing!!

And, um . . . followed your link, LOVE your dirty webcomic, am looking forward to the next chapter being posted!! :D :D :D

-- A ^__^
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5glasses is the LJ feed. If you're cool with having pages of a dirty comic show up uncut in your friends page in a month or two. *grin*
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Sounds like it's been totally removed by now. A link of mine that was misbehaving ten hours ago, no longer is.
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Nope - I'm still not able to get manage entries to work at all currently as my firefox addon (nojs) has outboundlink.com blocked. They've obviously missed bits of code if indeed they've taken it out at all. Grrr!
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I got here through a google search, mysteriously enough, but I'm glad I'm not the only person noticing it. It seems to have been making page loading slower, and I don't appreciate it. I'll be checking out your tag to see what else you've seen, and I very much appreciate you doing some sleuthing work on this!
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