Curious and curiouser

July 10, 2004 at 6:53 pm | In yulelogStories | 4 Comments

Can anyone explain the weirdness of referer stats to me? When, as has lately been the case, I don’t post anything for a long time (and let’s leave the why of that status quo out of the equation for now), my referer page shows porn site linkage after porn site linkage. Toying with the idea of writing something, I took a look just now to see if anyone is still visiting in the first place. Surpise (again): there are 20 hits from a site called “gay twinks gallery” (which features gay incest porn …lovely, guys: just the kind of father-son bonding that therapists live for), 16 from “zoo porn” (didn’t bother to check what they offer, but I imagine it involves hooves and tails), 15 from “7 gay”, 10 from “x d r o w,” 8 from “live cam sex,” and 8 from “adult non stop.” I only typed in the url from the first one and didn’t bother checking the others. But all I saw was a title page with lurid teasers, without a single reference to my blog. So how come this shows up as a “referer”?

My paranoid theory is that porn sites somehow manage to “hijack” non-porn sites for …what? Redirecting possibly illegal porn traffic to make it look to outsiders as though only vanilla transactions have taken place?

Is that technically feasible? Or am I being totally paranoid?

What happens when I stop blogging completely? Can I ever get anyone at Harvard to take my blog off the server so that I don’t find it acting as a “host” or “conduit” for unwanted parasites? Am I worrying needlessly? Can someone explain this strange state of my referer stats?

addendum: to see my referer page, just add “stats/referers” to the end of my url (after the /). I only get these weird stats, btw, when I don’t use my site myself for an extended period of time. That’s when the bizarre referers take over, and since I just posted an entry, these stats will change very much in the next 24 hours (it’s currently around 1900 Pacific Daylight Saving Time). During periods when I blog regularly, I get the occasional porn referer, but nothing like a total of 80+ hits I’ve had in the past 24 hours from hardcore sites….

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