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I am an absolute shithead!
Mon, Jun 06 2005 @ 20:55   //   Category: Randomness   //   10 comments

Yet another person has learnt the hard way that one should not hotlink. Unfortunately it happened to be an 11 year old girl. :)) :| I had this outraged email in my inbox today (and a few more, plus a comment):

You are an absolute shithead. My 11 year old daughter, cooperating with her teacher and other members of her class, composed their very first web page. They innocently linked to your smiley at http://myowndamn.biz/old/yahoo/54.gif . When they proudly unveiled their work, the smiley of course served out a disgusting pornographic photograph. There are about 100 parents who were shocked, saddened and hurt by your thoughtless and, yes, evil deed. Burn in hell.

=)) =)) =)) Altho of course it must have been quite horrible for the poor thing, I could not help but laugh. A lot. I am so cruel. :evil

But know this, dear Shortie (since you did not leave a valid e-mail address where I could have replied personally) - tho my deed was perhaps evil, it was in fact very well thought out. One rule of courtesy on the Web is: do not hotlink - especially not to private sites using these people's bandwidth. Fair enough that the 11yr old could not know that - the teacher who helped her set up the site definitely should have or she should not be teaching such a thing!!

Serving a different image is common practice among webmasters who are fed up of paying for other people! So because I am especially devious (and was especially pissed off) I decided to link to a picture some might deem offensive. So what?! This is my domain, my webspace, my money, I can do whatever I damn well please! And trust me, I could've chosen a lot worse! 8-} (click at your own risk!!!!!!!!!!)

Besides I can barely believe your kiddos didn't test-view their homepage before they unveiled it in front of 100 parents?! So that's two valuable web design lessons learnt in one day! *lol*

PS I have however put a disclaimer on my smileys page now lol. No doubt a lot of people will ignore it tho. What a shame. 8-}

People say...

LMAO!! The teacher deserved it! Mohahah

Posted by: Vega on Mon June 6, 2005 at 21:24

The other would have been more effective. Well done.


Posted by: Tay on Mon June 6, 2005 at 22:09

LMFAO!!! that is the funniest thing I have seen al day! Fucking love it!

heh heh!

Posted by: Jster Navarro Norton on Mon June 6, 2005 at 22:30

Poor girl. With a parent like "Shortie" she too will undoubtedly turn into a rude, cowardly and obnoxious person one day.

Posted by: JarJar on Mon June 6, 2005 at 23:46

I love Clarissa.

And I'm sure the kids loved the photo anyway. A bit of gay sex never does any harm.

Posted by: squiZZle on Tue June 7, 2005 at 5:22

Cheers for brightening my day - Evil with style.

I'll lay good money that the teacher in question was actively encouraging the hotlinking. In my (admittedly limited) experience the people who teach web design in schools are not terribly familiar with the web and the social conventions thereof (or the possible technological consequences of their actions). They then teach the teachers lots of bad practises and the teachers teach the kids.

Working on the principle that you learn more from your mistakes than your successes I reckon you've taught these kids more than the teacher did.


Posted by: Charlie Williams on Tue June 7, 2005 at 14:16

Posted by: Clarissa on Tue June 7, 2005 at 18:45

You could accomplish your stated purpose in a better way. Instead of serving out a pornographic image, you could choose to serve out nothing at all, thereby saving even more bandwidth. That's what other sites do, and that is what you should do if your purpose is really to save bandwidth, and not deliberately to hurt other people.

Posted by: Shortie on Tue June 7, 2005 at 20:03

But I do want to hurt them! *lol*

My usual "customers" were people on online forums who'd "steal" smileys from various sources, thereby avoiding having to get their own hosting & leeching off other people. If they just get "nothing" (or a "do not hotlink" pic) they'll move on & steal the same smiley from a different site. If they get something that hurts THEM too they'll stop doing it. Simple as that.

Obviously my little trick was not aimed at schoolgirls. But hey - the Net is a harsh place. It was the teacher's responsibility to make sure nothing like this happened. Jeez, what were they expecting from a site that has the word "damn" in its very address?!?

Posted by: Clarissa on Tue June 7, 2005 at 21:00

Oh please. WHAT a bunch of crap. You sit and talk about "not wanting to deliberately hurt other people" and then end your email with "burn in hell".

That wasn't you in the alternate picture was it? Bathtimes never looked so fun...

Posted by: The BML on Sun June 12, 2005 at 22:37