__/ [John Bokma] on Saturday 31 December 2005 17:07 \__
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> That's never an ideal solution. However, leeches can really raise the
>> hosting bills, so when thresholds are approached, it's worth cutting
>> down where it hurts the least -- HotLinking. Some of them would grab a
>> 200KB JPEG and use it as their background picture. Pure HotLinking. If
>> it's just one site, updating the blacklists is easy. It becomes
>> impractical when this happens too often.
> A lot comes via myspace, blogspot, so just a few rules works miracles :-D.
> (At least in my case).
Some of them link to an actual page, but HotLink at the same time to give
a flavour of the content therein. There's little to be lost, but it's
still something... I am very paranoid about blacklisting, thinking that I
would drive away genuine visitors.
Yesterday I blacklisted a single (fortunately static, no proxies either)
IP address of a Polish person who posted over 100 comment spam per day. 2
days of that pattern were enough to encourage action, but I can assure you
that my Palm will remind me to lift that ban shortly. Too many rules lead
to chaos. Same thing with E-mail forwarders, filters and rules. I always
prefer simplicity. it prevents many minutes of head scratching and review
of server settings.
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