Stopping people from hotlinking the images is a good thing. These pics aren't in the public domain, and thus not just anyone should be able to get them anywhere. If someone wants to show off these pics, let them make a link to the page the picture is on or a link to the artist's gallery.
Having once been a part of the operation of this site, I can certainly understand this decision. Though it may mean that people will have to enable cookies to see images now, I would rather that be the case, then see this site close down because of Bandwidth Leeching. I am behind you 100% in this Tim!! Jack
If your server is using Apache for the webserver, there is alot more better way of stopping bandwidth theft rather than using cookies. If your server is using Apache, let me know and I'll let you know how it is done. Actually, I did a test on your server just now while sending this. It looks like your server is running Apache on RedHat. Send me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you directions on how to stop people from leeching files from your server. This will also save on server load. Ice Demon http://erotic-games.com http://hentai-comics.com
Alway thought there was a cookie left by Renderosity on my computer for that very reason! For the most part I am all for it based on the reasons given above in your statement, but at the same time it does lessen the security of my computer. I say do it in the end though!
i only accept cookies from you and a few other selected sites that i frequant. what ticks me is the cookies linked ontop of your site' they are rejected have always been aware that i need your cookies for the forums and free stuf sections without having to logon so they stay
I agree with the goal you follow but that may generate some troubles for the regular viewer. I use Netscape with the smartdownload. When some site check where came from the surfer and reject the connexion that crash the download. So you need two click to the URL twice and the download is execute by netscape directly and off course loose the advantage of smartdownload.
I'm with susan_grimez. If you're running Apache a simple server directive will blow off leeches unconditionally without having to rewrite your pages. Don't make your programmers do what the server is designed to. Another, slower approach is the one comic strip content server rbma.com uses, where daily strips are linked to cgi scripts instead of images and reconstructed in transit. Since this method is designed to permit subscribed customers access to remote linking, it really isn't the direction you're looking in. If susan isn't available I can explain it as well.