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user agent poll

do you use a differant browser identity the your browser

  • no

    Votes: 12 85.7%
  • ie

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • opera

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • other

    Votes: 2 14.3%

  • Total voters
    14
#3
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.
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#5
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.
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#9
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
 

Perris Calderon

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#10
SPeedY_B said:
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.
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
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.
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#12
chaos945 said:
Besides, chances are if they're modifying the user agent or referer, they are not using internet explorer.
That's the whole point. Methinks a rather large dose of anti-paranoia is required.
 

vern

Dominus
Political User
#14
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.
 

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