So yeah, the official word is that this script is gonna get pulled and that it's been displaying "several things that were not intended behaviors". like giving all the affiliate juice to the linkjacking company instead of lj</snark>
No comment on the fact that it was rolled out silently a month or two ago, of course.
And that's really what's got me pissed. The lack of transparency on something that's rewriting my content.
I wonder if I'll see anything about this in news when they've shut it down?
edit: Heh. I went and looked at support requests again. All the other questions are answered with a cut-and-paste statement and closed as of an hour or so ago; my more pointed question is still open. I wonder if I'll get a personally-crafted answer?
edit 2: Script is still being included, but now it's just one line in the file: /* this code is removed until we can get it off all our pages */ So yay for a response measured in hours. But boo for rolling it out silently in the first place. Because, I mean, "intended behavior" of this thing would still be "silently paste our affiliate code on lots of outgoing links without ever telling our userbase we were gonna monetize them this way". Even if it was super-scrupulous about never touching links with an existing affiliate code and had been tested on a big enough pile of links to notice the "crittersbythebay.com" problem. which is beyond trivial to solve once you notice it exists but i think i have far better things to do with my life than debug shady code. like draw pornographic comic books. And the "intended behavior" is still feeling real likely to make me spend some time tomorrow giving Dreamwidth some dollars and migrating over there.
A nice cup of rabies
Rantings with occasional art.
- What is LJ doing to my links? Part 5