I recently activated something on our web hosting account that I hadn’t bothered to use before. It’s called hotlink protection and prevents domains outside of the ones I own from linking directly to graphic images we have on our server. I had to do this as some folks over at a message forum devoted to Farscape (of all things) had taken to directly linking to the smilies we have here and on my sister’s blog.
Now I don’t care if folks download all of the smilies we have in use here and use them someplace else as it’s not like I created them in the first place, but if you’re going to use them on other sites at least have the decency to save them to your system and upload them on your own server. Surprisingly enough, SEB chews through quite a bit of bandwidth a month and while we’re not close to using our full allotment anytime soon I don’t want to push my luck by playing graphics host for other people’s websites which may be way more popular than my own and thusly much more bandwidth hungry.
I mention this only because I know a few other bloggers who have hotlinked to my 80×33 buttons over on the left advertising SEB who will suddenly find that my button is no longer displaying on their site properly and might be wondering why. I just wanted to let folks know that I’m not out to punish anyone over this, but it was an issue I thought I should nip in the bud before it got out of hand. If you’re hotlinking to a graphic at SEB or any of the other sites I maintain, please feel free to download the graphic in question and re-upload it on your server.