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Since it's exceptionally easy to only block the actual ads on swfchan (no ads are actually served from swfchan's own domain) and because the current ruleset is actually causing visitors to see more ads I thought this matter would be quickly resolved. However, I have been trying to contact EasyList for over three weeks now with no response. Therefore I feel the need to ask my visitors to e-mail them as well to bring attention to this issue and show that regular users of EasyList care about swfchan, not just the guy running the site.
They have two e-mails: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The first one is the primary mail but I've sent mail to both and received a reply from neither. Have sent using different mail accounts as well so I know there was no sending issues on my end. I should have written this announcement earlier but this whole thing felt like such an open-and-shut case that I would never have imagined swfchan still being blocked like this after three weeks. Big thanks to anyone helping out!
Note: I'm not writing this because of money, the site's income is actually the same as before (less visitors but less blockers equal same ad views). I am however worried that in the long run, in a year or so, this may lead to less links leading to swfchan which would sure enough finally kill it off the web, especially with the dwindling flash support these days. I also don't think this is a fair practice by EasyList, there's no reason what-so-ever to block swfchan itself. I don't serve ads and an adblocker should block ad providers, not sites that use ad providers. I also don't limit anyone blocking ads from using the site in any way. It feels like the EasyList authors took just a minute to look at swfchan, said "fuck it" and proceeded to block the whole thing instead of only the ads.
So if you have a moment I'd really appreciate it if you took the time to e-mail them about this. Just be polite and ask EasyList to block only the ads on swfchan, not the actual content on swfchan itself. There's a discussion thread over here.
You can see referring hits from four different time ranges, usually a shorter time range is more interesting since it has more recent hits where there could be active discussions. The shorter time ranges also loads faster since there's less data. But it could be interesting to compare shorter and longer time ranges too see how ceretain referring URLs rise and decline in rank as they are used by people and then become old news some time later.
Most referrers come from the three biggest search engines: Google, Yahoo and Bing. These aren't included in the 5 day and 20 day time ranges because they just add too many bytes overlay. They can be viewed for the past 1 hour and 24 hours however if you want to check out some of the things that people search for to get to swfchan.
A "hit" is one received referrer on swfchan (it doesn't equal a unique visit). The same IP can create several hits from the same referrer, however the landing page must be different. If six hours passes a IP can create another hit from the same referrer/landing combination.
The "age" is how many days ago the domain or referring URL was seen for the first time. A domain with a high age has been linking to swfchan for a long time. Age is not kept track of for landing pages. If a referring URL is not seen for 100 days it is considered a one time occurance and is proned from the database. If a proned referrer should ever appear again its age will be reset to 0. Domains are never proned.
Click on a purple link to view the actual URLs. The numbers in front of the referring URLs are how many hits that has been received from that particular URL. The numbers in front of the landing URLs are how many hits that has been received from that particular referrer/landing combination (not how many hits that landing has in total across all referring domains, that is not being kept track of).
Only HTTP or HTTPS referrers are recorded. The landing must be on a swfchan domain and the referrer must not be (this means that for example all of those that view swfchan through a web proxy service will not be recorded).