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Poisoning The Well

I look at my referrer logs now and then, because it’s kind of neat to find out that new people are linking to you. I’m about ready to give up; I’ve been playing whack-a-mole with automated systems that fake their referrers and link to frequently-nonexistent sites pushing antidepressants, gambling and every cock-hardening pill on the market, and basically shitting all over what was a neat, useful thing once upon a time.

I don’t understand what business model could possibly make this insidious wankery profitable but here we are, so let me elaborate my feelings on the subject: if you work in internet advertising, or advertising in general, I’d really appreciate it if you could go home, spend a few hours in an alcoholic haze contemplating what you’ve become and then put a gun in your mouth and pull the trigger. It would really be best for everybody if you did. OK, thanks, bye.

Below the fold, you’ll find the latest version of my .htaccess file, which I’ve been growing steadily for weeks.

SetEnvIfNoCase Referer .8k.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer .s5.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer .4t.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer .8m.net cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer defunctportal cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer canadianlabels.net cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer onlinegamingassociation.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer fidelityfunding.net cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer 8gold.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer consolidation-elimination.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer pisoc.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer loudcash.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer e-gold.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer spoodles.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer uaeecommerce.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer royalmailhotel.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer newtruths.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer aizzo.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer crepesuzette.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer sportsparent.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer instant-quick-money cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer houseofsevengables cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer condodream.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer tmsathai.org cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer stmaryonline.org cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer 911easymoney cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer flafeber.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer popwow.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer mediavisor.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer thatwhichis.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer oiline.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer .gb.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer mall.uk.net cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer xopy.com cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer slatersdvds.co.uk cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer hermosa.us cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer handmade2000 cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer maloylawn cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer academyofmusic cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer philippestarckwatches cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer fortisenterprise cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer online-gambling cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer onlinegambling cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer valeofglamorgan cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer thorcarlson cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer "^http://.*info" cockbites
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer hentermin cockbites
Order Deny,Allow
Deny from env=cockbites

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  1. memeboy

    wow james. That was a really nice, well thought, partially on topic post!

    So, do these referrers _do_ anything but ping you? Is it the bandwidth usage or just lotsa noise to the signal that troubles you?

  2. Mike Hoye

    When it comes to cockbites pissing in the well, AOL users like “James” are always on-topic. Thankfully, MT-blacklist lets me deal with that kind of thing promptly.

    Mostly the bandwidth usage, really – though I have to admit what pisses me off the most is that I live in a society that makes that profitable to do in the first place. Is there some extremely affluent, flaccid, insecure, depressed blog-surfing demographic group out there suffering perpetual agony from having their pride and self-esteem excised in a wierd mechanical accident that I’m unaware of? Or are people just mostly losers?