[wp-hackers] Proposal: Add a Privacy Option: Anonymise Updates

Doug Stewart zamoose at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 21:26:33 GMT 2007

On 9/26/07, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> No, it's another useless option.
> I support the idea of unifying the user agent sent by WP on all HTTP
> requests. There's something in trac to that effect, I think it's a
> good idea.
> Of course, I also support running said user agent through a filter, to
> allow modification by plugins.
> I don't support adding any sort of tinfoil options by default though.
> Now, I *would* support such an option if it actually enhanced privacy.
> However, it does not. Your website is sending the request to another
> website. That means it's sending information on the internet. That
> means it's sending along it's IP address. And that means that tracing
> the request back to the original site that it came from is a fairly
> trivial exercise.
> Whether your website tells who it is or not, it can still be traced
> back. Even if you use a shared host, it can be worked out without too
> much difficulty.

It's been said at least twice before: please cease the derogatory
"tinfoil" appellation.  It does nothing to increase your position and
merely serves to denigrate others.




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