# Monday, October 10, 2005

To anyone who was having problems accessing this site via a hyperlink, my apologies. An errant referral blacklist was causing dasBlog to generate 404 errors when accessed via a referral link on another site. Basically all hyperlinks, including the ones from the SweetPotato Software site were down.

I first became aware of this problem by a post Vincent made over on the Universal Thread and I spent a portion of yesterday tweaking this Blog and the server trying to figure out what the problem was (which is why those of you that are using news aggregators probably ended up with double entries for all the previous blog entries - sorry about that). I was nearly to the point of reinstalling IIS on the server when I decided to post a question regarding my problems over on Tek-Tips. Wullie, a Tek-Tips member, pointed out that the only thing that would be different when using a hyperlink as opposed to accessing it via a news aggregator or putting the URL in the address bar directly (both of which still worked) would be the referral. So based on Wullie's suggestion I played with the settings for the referral blacklists and the problem was solved in a matter of minutes. Wullie saved me countless hours of work and left me wondering why I hadn't thought of that.

In any event, the SPS Blog referral links are now working, and my sincerest apologies to any readers who experienced a problem accessing the site. Once again the online forums have proved invaluable to me.

Monday, October 10, 2005 7:58:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]
Monday, October 10, 2005 11:00:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

You should probably subscribe to Scott Hansleman's blog at computerzen.com. He is managing development of Das Blog, and announced this and the workaround as soon as he became aware of it. Great geeky blog too!


Alan Stevens
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