National Organization for Marriage and some hotlinking

This is just something someone posted in an online chat an hour or two ago, thought I’d write something up about it.

I’ll start off with a bit of background about a couple of things first:

From Wikipedia (link):

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent the legal recognition and acceptance of marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples. NOM’s stated mission is “to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.”

So, basically, they’re a homophobic group against gay marriage.

The slightly more techy thing is hotlinking – basically it’s including someone else’s image in your own webpage without taking a copy of it first – basically displaying the image of someone else’s server. This is bad for the server the image is stored on, because it’s using bandwidth that’s not helping the server in any way (ie: the site hosted on that server doesn’t get any traffic for the bandwidth because it’s only showing the image for someone else’s site).

Hotlinking is pretty dangerous, as the owner of the site you’re hotlinking from has complete control over the image, so frequently if hotlinking is detected they’ll move the image or something like that so the image isn’t a valid link any more. However, the owner could even replace the image entirely with something completely different.

In this case, the N.O.M. (http://nomblog.com/ – appears down for maintenance at the moment. Coincidence? I think not :D ) hotlinked an image from http://www.smbc-comics.com/ , and unfortunately for them, the owner of the site was a pro-gay anti-hotlinking kinda guy.

http://twitpic.com/3w7b1j/full

I just had to laugh. :D