kyle cassidy (kylecassidy) wrote,
kyle cassidy
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*** Quick LJ User Rep Update ***

I got emails today about two things:

If you forward a Quick Reply comment notification to someone and they reply to it, they'll post as you.

and then right on the heels of that,

Is lj inserting code that redirects some links to advertisers???

I inquired about each of them.

1) It's true, if you forward your Quick Reply comment notification to someone and they reply to it, they'll post a message as you. It's just he way Quick Reply works, don't forward them to people. I was told that it's necessary for people who get their notifications on email clients. I asked if they could put a line at the bottom that says "there's an identity token in this message, don't forward it to people" - they took that under advisement & said they'd probably do that so that people will know.

2) LJ was indeed redirecting about 150 urls to advertisers, see edit #1 for clarification even for paid users. They are now aware how Not Good an Idea that was. They're pulling that code tonight.

I'll post an update again when I know more.

*** EDIT ***

marta has posted some information saying the code was supposed to add "this link came via lj" affiliate info to non affiliated links -- the link would go to exactly the same place it was supposed to, but there would be information added saying that the link had come via LJ -- which makes a lot more sense (and sounds thankfully less sinister) than hijacking people's links and taking them to advertisers, but didn't work as expected. It's still being scrapped.

*** EDIT ***
*** EDIT ***

The code should be gone now.

*** EDIT ***

Please repost/link as appropriate.

Thanks,

your LJ advisory board rep
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