Suggestions for the future on your web site: (was cookies, and before that Re: Dreamhost hijacking my prefix...)

Shrdlu shrdlu at
Wed Jan 16 19:36:25 UTC 2013

On 1/16/2013 9:40 AM, john wrote:

> I took a look at this site and unfortunately the use of cookies is very
> ingrained into the code.  Removing the requirement breaks all
> functionality of and changing the functionality would
> require a rewrite of the site.

Sooner or later, you'll get to a place where you consider a major 
update, and perhaps then you'll consider emulating NANOG's site. However...

> Our intention is that will replace all
> functionality currently under If RIPEstat doesn't
> provide the functionality you are looking for, please request it by
> emailing us at stat at

I was curious, and I went to look at it. Please consider using some 
other color than lovely amber yellow you've chosen. It's very pretty, 
and exhausting to look at for any length of time. I'm a HUGE fan of gray 
scales, and of text. I see that you want a cookie when I want to look at 
one of the videos, but blocking it doesn't hurt me. Here's where you did 
something right. The video plays on my (pretty old) Firefox, which has 
no Flash (hooray!).

The cookie stays around for a YEAR (if I let it), and has the following 

Name: stat-csrftoken
Content: 7f12a95b8e274ab940287407a14fc348
Path: /
Send For: Any type of connection
Expires: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:29:34 AM

To your credit, you only ask once, but you ought to ask zero times.

The site's not bad, but please consider changing the yellow to black. 
Less beauty, more utility.

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
   Brian W. Kernighan

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