Dialer in job bid?
Thread poster: ChristinaT

ChristinaT
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Jul 18, 2003

Hello everyone!


I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this kind of thing, but, in job posting #39832, a link to a website is posted. Assumingly, this is the website that is supposed to be translated.

Problem is: when I click the link, I am forwarded to a typical dialer site! Is this a problem only I am having, with MY computer? Or did someone really post a link to a dialer site?? OR, is that site (those 50 sites that appear, actually) supposed to be translated?

Many thanks in advance! I don't feel very comfortable with mysterious xxx sites being opened in my browser...

With best regards from Germany,

Christina


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Cannot replicate your problem Jul 18, 2003

Hi Christina,
I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this kind of thing, but, in job posting #39832, a link to a website is posted. Assumingly, this is the website that is supposed to be translated.

It is the right forum - in addition, it's always helpful to contact the Jobs Area coordinators in case of any issues.

Problem is: when I click the link, I am forwarded to a typical dialer site! Is this a problem only I am having, with MY computer? Or did someone really post a link to a dialer site?? OR, is that site (those 50 sites that appear, actually) supposed to be translated?

Many thanks in advance! I don't feel very comfortable with mysterious xxx sites being opened in my browser...

Neither would I - but all I get is the website that's quoted in the job posting.

Which operating system and browser are you using?

Does anyone else get the behaviour Christina has described?

Best regards, Ralf


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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It does not happen to me... Jul 18, 2003

ChristinaT wrote:

...when I click the link, I am forwarded to a typical dialer site! Is this a problem only I am having, with MY computer? Or did someone really post a link to a dialer site?



I visited the job and the website they provide. I did not get any dialer, just a plain art website with lots of pictures.
I clicked all links and images and nothing strange happened.

Could someone else check this job and site and report if you find all normal or you hit the same problem experienced by Christina?

Gianfranco


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ChristinaT
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So it IS a prob with my computer.. Jul 18, 2003

Thank you both for checking! So, it's what I was afraid of...my computer is causing problems. Typical. I buy a new system, and things go wrong.

I'm working on a Win XP OS, using IE 6 (Internet Explorer). I suppose Ad-Alert (or what was that great free program called?), would help.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would be very thankful!

Again, best regards!

Christina

P.S.: It's so strange! Even if I copy and paste the address into a new browser window, it sends me to those sites!! It's like, I just cannot connect to the right page. I wonder, if someone posted a web-addy in here, and I click that link - would it send me to those strange sites as well??

This is frustrating.

[Edited at 2003-07-18 08:06]


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Ruben Berrozpe  Identity Verified
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No problem Jul 18, 2003

There are reportedly many such sites under Terra personal pages, but I'm afraid this isn't one of them, just a plain art website.

Maybe ona of the numbers in the URL jumped and directed Christina into the wrong page. I'd strongly encourage her to keep on trying, even copy-pasting the URL this time, to see if this was just a temporary bug.

Saludos,

Ruben


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ChristinaT
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Forwarded to dialer site, even via search engine? Jul 18, 2003

Hello again,

this is insane! Even if I search for the site via search engine, and I find it, it STILL forwards me to this dialer site!

What on earth is causing my computer to do this? Would it make sense to contact the computer store, where I bought my computer? Has someone experienced something like this before?

Again, many thanks in advance, and thanks for letting me vent!

Regards,
Christina


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Hold your horses... Jul 18, 2003

I cross-posted this on the moderators' list, and one of our colleagues gets similar behaviour.

What kind of Internet access do you use? Are you connected directly, or are you using a proxy server?

Thanks, Ralf


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ChristinaT
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Technical questions Jul 18, 2003

Thanks for checking up on this all, Ralf. For all I know, I'm connected directly to the net.

I'm really pretty much an internet illiterate when it comes to those technical things. If you could tell me where to look, maybe I could provide more info.

I'm connected via T-online, if that helps at all.

hmmm...

Best regards,

Christina


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Job closed Jul 18, 2003

Hi again,
I closed that job after similar or identical behaviour was reported by two moderators who use a dialup connection to access the web.

The reason why I could not replicate it might be in the type of connection I use (direct line via proxy server).

Once again, thanks for notifying this.

Ralf


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Maybe a bug of the Terra server? Jul 18, 2003

If I open http://www.artsfairies.com (no matter in which way), using T-Online, I get forwarded to http://www.terra.es/personal5/934280899/

This is a bug, it should rather show the original URL. Maybe it is also responsible for forwarding you to any dialer address?
Some dialers use addresses very similar to good addresses (to catch people who occurred a typo). I recommend inquiring at Terra.


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Klaus Herrmann  Identity Verified
Germany
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It's not a bug, it's a feature... Jul 18, 2003

This is a proxy problem - some servers block access from certain proxies based on the proxys' location. I've seen this before - there's a major American provider of *free* web space blocking access to the page for any proxy not coming from the U.S. I remember reading similar things about terra.es, i.e. blocking some range of IP numbers. The forwarding from the original URL to the Terra site is nothing to worry about, it's just an indicator that a business isn't buying his web space but getting it free of charge.

I suppose your IP address falls within this range. Use the control panel to enter a different proxy and your problem will disappear.



[Edited at 2003-07-18 10:37]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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No dialer - site problem Jul 27, 2003

Hi all,
A quick update on this issue: I exchanged a number of emails with the poster of this job, who is also the operator of the website concerned.

The problems experienced were caused by a temporary problem at their site, and should have been rectified by now.

Best regards, Ralf


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