user agent poll

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Perris Calderon, Dec 15, 2004.

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  1. no

    12 vote(s)
    85.7%
  2. ie

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. opera

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. other

    2 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I wanna find out how many of you disguise your browser and why
     
  2. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

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    dont know what u mean dude
     
  3. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

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    I leave my agent string blank and my referrer to the site's own domain.

    Why? Paranoid.

    Sometimes I have to switch them back to default for some sites (windows update) to work properly.
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0 :)
    Never found a reason to change it.
     
  5. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Nope, it's a pointless exercise that only messes things up. It's also extremely annoying to web-masters and those who take note of statistics. Never saw the point in it.
     
  6. Evil Marge

    Evil Marge I Rule Political User

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    I was just gonna ask what is the point?
     
  7. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

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    how do u even do this in the first place
     
  8. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    There are a couple of extensions for Firefox that'll allow you to change the UA string. I think Opera has the feature too.
     
  9. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    You can change IE's via the Windows registry, FireFox version numbers can be changed via about:config, and the full string can be changed via extensions, Opera has the feature built in, and Safari has it accessible by a debug menu which isn't enabled by default but can be turned on via writing prefs through a terminal command.

    And that's how you do it :p
     
  10. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I also never saw the point of it...that's why this poll...I would like to see accurate statistics of people using browsers other then ie.

    the way it sits now, you can't tell how many people are migrating from ie, because plenty of people disguise the browser, so I'm trying to find out the pervasiveness and the purpose
     
  11. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

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    Maybe I don't want to partake in anonymous statistics?

    I find modifying my referer to be especially useful, the user agent no so much.

    Its one of those privacy things, I don't care if it is useless or anonymous information, its MY information and I don't want anybody to have it.

    Besides, chances are if they're modifying the user agent or referer, they are not using internet explorer.

    Ad Muncher is the program I use, if anyone is interested in this.
     
  12. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    That's the whole point. Methinks a rather large dose of anti-paranoia is required.
     
  13. rushm001

    rushm001 In the beginning...... Political User

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    Bit pointless me thinks.
     
  14. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    I never saw a need to except for sites that exclicitly require a certain browser ... then again any sites like those aren't worth visiting.
     
  15. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Eeeeeeexactly! :)
     
  16. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Its good ol'
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0

    for me :D