Webcomic Rage

Webcomic Rage

Webcomic Rage

by Steve Napierski to Images

I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had this problem with Reddit. I do know people it has happened to though. Not me though. Still I did have a Digg incident a while ago. You know back when people still used Digg.

You see, a couple years ago the server started getting hit really hard from their site. Someone had linked to the This is PORTAL! comic and it was becoming very popular. Unfortunately, they had only linked to the actual comic image file and not the page itself. So the site got all the stress of additional CPU load on the server, but without the benefits of any additional website traffic.

The only saving grace was that the URL and copyright information were still on the image file, so at least I didn’t have to worry about not getting credit for it.

Discussion (8)¬

  1. Twist
    Twist says:
    February 4, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    Maybe I’m an ass but the first thing I would have done is change the image they were linking against to tell people to visit the site. Of course I probably would have setup image linking protection to begin with.

  2. suroot
    suroot says:
    February 4, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    You could just have it so reddit urls linking to images will link to the main page instead. That would solve your problem, make you happy, and make reddit happy.

    Switching out the image is dickish.

  3. J.C.
    J.C. says:
    February 4, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    I think the readership at reddit are smart enough to vist your site if they like your content. If it were in imgur copy of your comic, ok but a hotlink to your image on your site still gets people to your content with a click and two key strokes.

  4. Lumancer
    Lumancer says:
    February 4, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    It may not be a problem on Reddit, but I’m 80% positive I’ve seen some of your comics direct-linked on Stumbleupon…

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      February 4, 2011 at 8:54 am #

      I’ve seen that as well. Fortunately, even though StumbleUpon is the biggest social linking network, it doesn’t have huge spikes like Reddit and Digg. It just happens over a longer period of time. Keeps the server load low.

  5. UndeadLex
    UndeadLex says:
    February 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I have not seen, until now, your This is PORTAL! comic.
    And believe it or not, in 2007, I melded the two myself.
    Just thought I’d share.

    I have seen a few instances over the years where credit isn’t given, and it is disconcerting and infuriating.

  6. Anon
    Anon says:
    February 7, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    You could have just modified your .htaccess to redirect requests for the image to the appropriate page.