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Embedding Inkbunny images live (hotlinking) on other sites now blocked

Hi everyone

Embedding of Inkbunny images directly (hotlinking) on other sites is now blocked. You can still have links on other sites that users click to go see the submission just fine.

The new blocking method applies to all assets so flash, video, etc are affected too.

Basically it means LINKS are fine and will keep working but anything that makes an Inkbunny asset appear live and embedded on a page on another site should now fail.

The reason for this is because people were embedding the direct source to Inkbunny hosted images on other sites (like tumblr) so they were displayed live on those other sites and that was draining our bandwidth pretty badly.

We're not sure of the impact of this on people using the API with apps that connect to Inkbunny. Developers using the API may need to send a blank referrer or a fake referrer of https://inkbunny.net/ to be able to access the images without being blocked. If there are any sudden new access issues with the API, please let us know.

If this change appears to be affecting other legitimate access methods, clickable links, etc, please let us know!

Thanks everyone,

IB

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Added: 5 years, 6 months ago
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BunnyFoxglove
5 years, 6 months ago
Doesn't seem to affect my app, so all's well over here :3

I know there was another one being written with php that offered previews. I'd be interested to know if it affects that.
starling
5 years, 6 months ago
Depends how the app gets the image data and sends it to the user. If it proxies the data via its own server that'd work fine (assuming the app writer fakes the referrer as blank or inkbunny.net when their server gets the image data).
DraculJOSHI
5 years, 6 months ago
this is because of that one incident with that one pony-related flash, isn't it?
Danjen
5 years, 6 months ago
Now I'm curious. But flash tends to be quite large since it contains audio, not to mention how popular MLP is.
DraculJOSHI
5 years, 6 months ago
it was because the owner of the flash directly embedded the flash on his tumblr... which made it be loaded from Inkbunny every time someone opened his tumblr or a tumblr which reposted the entry of his tumblr, which became quite a lot of banwidth, since he is pretty popular.
appledashing
5 years, 6 months ago
pokehidden ^-^
Banned from Equestria (Daily) - Alpha 1.4
ottah
5 years, 6 months ago
You might want to look into CloudFlare cdn.
starling
5 years, 6 months ago
Thing is, we don't want to be spending money on providing bandwidth for things that are just leeching off our site. Our bandwidth is for direct users of the site! :P
ottah
5 years, 6 months ago
Oh, I agree you shouldn't have to host files for other sites.  Cloudflare might be able to save you some cost on your bandwidth in general.  They claim they protect against ddos attacks, the downside is they require you to use them for DNS.
Heuvadoches
5 years, 5 months ago
I'm sure that they'd also have a "no child porn" clause ... so there goes IB's usage of the site, since 80% of the uploads is cub.
RyuuKishi
5 years, 3 months ago
If you go by Keywords it's actually 9%
Heuvadoches
5 years, 3 months ago
Block the common usage words for cub ... "Cub, young, neoteny, underage, teen" and pair it with "Adult".  When you block submissions, don't remove them, just put the "X" on the thumbnail.  Now check out the "Popular" list. Granted it's not everything that's uploaded, but it sure in the hell presents a shining face forward for IB, doesn't it?
RyuuKishi
5 years, 3 months ago
Yes, the users actually like cub (and anything similiar) more than others and promote and click it more often.

And this effect is also not so surprising to me.

If you have a small amount of things on a site, more people will click on it since there are no more alternatives.
So things with a rarity have a statistically higher chance to get promoted.
But not mostly because it's the most liked on site, it just concentrates more people on it.

For example:
If you have only ONE image with a dragon on it and people would look up dragon in search,
the outcome will have a bigger impact than having hundreds of dragon images where people can choose more widely and more for their personal taste.

Imo the popular section needs some kind of statistic rework so that rare entries don't have a higher promotion just because of more clicks, it needs some kind of relative measurement.
But since keywords are pretty new and this is not trivial to implement i guess it won't come so soon.

Yet both of your arguments does not make this site any more cub oriented than others who allow cub content.
Heuvadoches
5 years, 3 months ago
Maybe not, but ... lies, damn lies and statistics aside ... there's got to be a reason why a large number of furries know this site as "pedobunny".
RyuuKishi
5 years, 3 months ago
The answer to that is quite simple.

1. Inkbunny opened the gates when FA was shutting down cub artwork so all of the cub artists migrated here
2. The owner also released a cub magazine before he made this site

This site didn't create a big portion of new cub artists, it just gave it a home to those who had to left FA.
The purpose of this site was never and will never be to focus on cub stuff alone.
You can decide for yourself if that makes this site now any more cub oriented than FA was back before it banned cub.
ronnie92
5 years, 6 months ago
Agh. I was so hopeful there was an update on the sales system...
ButtercupSaiyan
5 years, 5 months ago
I figured this would become necessary at some point. Victim of its own popularity.
KushHeadFievel
5 years, 4 months ago
Swell! Hotlinking in my best opinion should be blocked. Although, it should almost be allowed, if it's ur own image... and you mark it public.
This is just as good though I think, as there needs to be something helping to keep things inside of Inkbunny.   ;-) Things shouldn't leave the site, unless by authors strict permission. ;-)
I Give It Thumbs Up.
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