[Foundation-l] discussion about banning external hotlinking

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 06:57:14 UTC 2008

I fail to see the benefit of this trade off when compared to the extreme
negative publicity we'd get for it.  The 2007 finances report says we spent
approximately $389,000 on internet hosting.
1.5-2% of that is around 6,000 dollars a year.

You couldn't hope to buy off the negative publicity we'd get from this for a
$6,000 a year savings.


On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 2:44 AM, Joe Szilagyi <szilagyi at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just a heads up that there is a discussion to see if disabling all
> "hotlinking" of images and media from external sites is a good idea, here:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Babel#Proposal_to_disable_hotlinking
> Tim Starling posted some statistics that indicate 1% to 2.5% of all
> requests
> are from outside sites leaching WMF bandwidth resources. In theory this
> could save the WMF 1% to 2.5% or more of it's bandwidth costs.
> - Joe
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Dan Rosenthal

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