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How can I block Alexa Toolbar users?
Michel Samuel




msg:3337855
 5:57 am on May 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ok it appears that my combat of Alexa has not changed to be over.

I have done everything possible from blocking refers from alexa to my site, excluding their IPs to the Robots.txt file.

Now I want to stop the toolbar users.

How can I go about this?

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And I am trying to do this legally too.
I sent them this letter after dialogue with an advocat.

The traffic issue falls within the boundries of 2 laws.

1. No one is allowed to count the number of people entering or leaving a business or
residence. (Save for IRS or other govermental body during the course of an investigation
for tax fraud purpose.)

You are only allowed to the number of pedestrians or traffic in the general area.

2. Like the Telephone caller display this infringes upon a person's right to certain
amount they he/she may consider private. Therefore, like call display, you can not
create the tool without providing a free way to block it's use.

**Therefore I am going to politely ask you for the utility that blocks your Toolbar
users.***

Finally under civil law I have the right to be compensated if you are in any way
profiting from somthing that is the result of my efforts and labour. I am the person
that created the site, drives traffic to it, pays for the banner ads, etc.

You are collecting data relating to it and using it in your publically database as a
feature that attract the online public and generate a profit. Therefore, my data and my
right to compensation.

So...
Again I want my traffic data removed or the ablity to block your toolbar users or I want
to be paid.

Sincerly
M Sam

ps. There hasn't been a case involving an issue like this. But I'm certain you would
rather not be the first.

[edited by: Michel_Samuel at 6:20 am (utc) on May 12, 2007]

 

Quadrille




msg:3338354
 11:20 pm on May 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you have deep pockets, carry on ... else why bother?

The best way to treat Alexa is with the contempt it deserves ... ignore it.

I don't think there's a law in the world that would allow you to charge people for visiting unless they were warned in time to choose not to.

By harassing these innocent people, however, you risk breaking numerous laws, for zero conceivable gain.

much better to invest your time, energy and money into something mre interesting and fulfilling.

Pressing wild flowers is quite relaxing, I'm given to understand ;)

bobothecat




msg:3338377
 12:21 am on May 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ok it appears that my combat of Alexa has not changed to be over.
I have done everything possible from blocking refers from alexa to my site, excluding their IPs to the Robots.txt file.

Now I want to stop the toolbar users.

How can I go about this?

Just add the following line to your .htaccess file:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Alexa\ Toolbar [NC,OR]

Michel Samuel




msg:3338504
 8:22 am on May 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

You are a gentleman and a scholar.
Merci beaucoup!

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