Good enough for Amazon, good enough for me

Amazon blocks Phorm adverts scan:

I hadn’t previously bothered to do this, as it seemed to be too early to say how Phorm would turn out and the implementation of the opt-out is so braindead and full of marketing BS that it just made me angry. Yeah, I want to ban all search engines so Phorm doesn’t scan me – right… What about all the other User-Agent strings that robots.txt can handle so nicely ? Oh yes – that’s right: if it was trivial then no-one would let their content be abused in this way.

So email sent: multiple domains and all subdomains thereof requested blocked. See what happens next.


  1. Ben April 15, 2009

    Excelent! Well done. Whilst you’re looking at such dubious behavior, can I recommend blocking the diggbar? Plenty of suggestsions as to how to on Daring Fireball.

  2. ian April 15, 2009

    I must admit I’d missed the diggbar altogether, but I agree totally with Mr Gruber and so consider it blocked (I would say that it is already blocked, except that curl is fighting back and not letting me test it at the moment…)

  3. ian April 15, 2009
  4. Ben April 15, 2009

    Splendid. That seems to work rather nicely.

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