#420 ✓resolved

Show In Browser redirects through jbidwatcher.com ???? [1.0.2]

Reported by Shamus | September 11th, 2008 @ 12:47 PM | in Support

Why does the redirect first go to LOCALHOST then to jbidwatcher.com then to ebay. Is there a particular reason I have to pass through your server redirects to get to ebay?

It's not that I mind you keeping track of some info (maybe after the auction is over) but it slows down my ability to share a link and pisses off my application level firewall.

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  • Morgan Schweers

    Morgan Schweers September 11th, 2008 @ 01:13 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “resolved”
    • Tag set to 102, bug
    • Milestone changed from 2.0 Full Release to Support


    I forget that folks are still running JBidwatcher 1.0.2...

    It goes through localhost if you have 'Use internal web server' enabled in the configuration. If you disable that, it'll go directly to eBay, or if you have affiliate mode enabled, it'll go directly to the ebay_aff.php script on my site. Everybody should have affiliate mode disabled at this point, though.

    Here's the history... Originally I had released a version asking (entirely optional) folks to enable 'affiliate' mode, and if they did, JBidwatcher went through my web site and then redirected the to the eBay site. That lasted for maybe 3 weeks, and I turned it off, and the next release didn't do that anymore. The redirection stayed in place on the server side, because I didn't want to break existing hits. The code shouldn't be using that anymore, though.

    That said, apparently it is, and it's a bug. I just checked, and since September 7th, I've had over 6000 hits to that page. :( I REALLY don't want to be the intermediary in people's page-hits to eBay.

    The way to fix this is to disable 'affiliate mode'. There are two ways to do that. One is to go to the 'advanced' tab in the Configuration Manager part of JBidwatcher, and enter: ebay.affiliate in the key, and set false as the value.

    The other way is to do a File | Check for Updates, as I've modified the update XML to silently force the affiliate mode off.

    If you never opted in to the affiliate activities, I'm very sorry. It looks like it's a bug. All the affiliate-related code is long gone in 2.0, though.

    For what it's worth, even if it's enabled, it doesn't actually go through eBay's affiliate program. It just redirects straight on to eBay. It's been like that since about 3 weeks after I tried to use the affiliate program, back in 1.0 or 1.0.1 (I don't recall anymore).

    I am curious why you continue to use 1.0.2 instead of upgrading, though...? Just the 'beta' tag?

    -- Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

  • Shamus

    Shamus September 13th, 2008 @ 08:31 PM

    Thanks a lot for your help and insight. It boils down to me not using the application or eBay very often. Which means that I manually check for updates/fixes that compensate for eBay 'updates' that break the program's existing functionality.

    I tend to be a bit risk adverse when it comes to automated money transactions. I just didn't have the mindset to beta test yet another application that is otherwise rock solid for my purposes.

    I was also cracking down on phone home and undesired net access at the application level. While I wasn't alarmed at the http redirect I was concerned about speed of page display and the ability to cut/paste my active auction links directly to friends using jbidwatcher.

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