I lifted the server-wide ban on hotlinking for, like, a week because it was causing referral issues with the new L7 RSS feed – just pulled a server log and freaking MySpace users are going crazy with leeching bandwidth! WTF?!
Just finished putting directory-specific redirects on the ten most popular images getting leeched – maybe the next rebuilds will require all non-sharable images to be in the same directory or something…a total mess for organizational purposes, but I don’t know any other way to keep them protected. What a tremendous waste of time… 😛