I've made my feelings very plain regarding the widespread habit of hotlinking, or inline linking as some call it. This is where a site or blog, instead of hosting graphics on their own servers (and therefore paying for any bandwidth used by visitors loading those graphics when visiting the site), uses a graphic that is hosted on a site that they do not own, and do not pay the bills for.
One of my previous articles about this antisocial practice is here:
Why do I bring up this topic now? I was reading some articles by the "Human Shield at Mozilla" Jonathan Nightingale today about how he thinks Firefox should handle Extended Validation Certificates.
Imagine my surprise when I spotted that Jonathan is usurping bandwidth that doesn't belong to him. Yep, that's right, the graphic of IE7's green address bar that appears in Jonathan's blog entry "Revisiting Security UI - Part 1 of 2" is being pulled straight from the IE Team blog - so, guess who pays for the bandwidth used every time somebody sees that image when they visit Jonathan's blog? Well, it ain't Jonathan or Mozilla, that's for sure!
Yes, I know that MS staffers are not innocent of this practice - the now infamous incident involving the Microsoft RSS blog is one that comes to mind. But, that being said, the team apologized and fixed the problem.
So, Jonathan, please do the IE team a favor, take the high road, and create your own green address bar graphic instead of swiping one from a site you don't own or pay for, ok? And be grateful that the IE team would never do to you what Niall Kennedy did to the Windows RSS team.
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