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    Exclamation Upgrading from Old Linkcode Format to New Linkcode Format

    Hello!

    Have you noticed that Linkbucks now issues links using a new linkcode format?

    Under the old format, links looked like this: http://linkcode.linkbucks.com/

    Under the new format, links look like this: http://www.linkbucks.com/linkcode/

    For at least the next six months, all old-format linkcodes on supported alias domains will continue to work. After that period, we will notify affected publishers and phase out support.

    There are a handful of alias domains we have discontinued support for, and those link codes will cease to work sometime in the next three months. If you are using a linkcode on one of these domains, your link is currently redirecting to this URL:
    http://warning-this-linkcode-will-cease-working-soon.www.linkbucksdns.com/linkcode/. So if you're seeing this URL then now's a good time to make a new linkcode.

    You Can Manually Switch to the New Linkcode Format

    You don't have to generate a new linkcode to update to the new format! All old-format linkcodes will work if you simply change the URL to meet the new linkcode format as described above.

    We encourage you to do this with your existing old-format linkcodes. Feel free to ask questions if you need any assistance.

    Happy linking
    --Atticus

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    We've received a few support emails regarding some URLs that are showing up in web logs. In addition to the hostname warning about discontinued linkcodes, there is another hostname viewers may encounter.

    http://your-dns-is-broken-let-me-help.www.linkbucksdns.com/linkcode

    With the switchover to the new linkcode format, we set up a system to automatically redirect old linkcodes to the new format.

    Without going into too much detail, we discovered a problem upon switching to the new linkcode format. We found that certain viewers' ISPs were unable to properly redirect from the old format to the new format. Any time we detect a viewer experiencing this problem we can correct it by redirecting them to http://your-dns-is-broken-let-me-help.www.linkbucksdns.com/linkcode. With the new URL, the viewer's ISP follows the correct path and they are able to reach Linkbucks; otherwise, without this you would lose that potential viewer to your linkcode.

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    sir please why do we have to manually change over 5k links why not auto redirect and what is this about losing viewers can u please explain better

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    Regarding concerns over users with hundreds/thousands of active old format link codes

    After the six month time period we will consider disabling old format linkcodes. There's the possibility we won't discontinue support for them if there's still a large enough demand.

    We strongly encourage you to update to the new format for all existing linkcodes for another reason -- new format linkcodes are *way* faster than old format linkcodes!

    Finally, all old format linkcodes on linkbucks.com are not yet presently redirecting to the new format automatically like the other alias domains. This change will be coming sometime in the next month or two.

    Regarding which alias domains are discontinued

    If you can select the domain when making new links, then it is fully supported going forward. All discontinued alias domains are no longer available for creating new links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Regarding concerns over users with hundreds/thousands of active old format link codes

    After the six month time period we will consider disabling old format linkcodes. There's the possibility we won't discontinue support for them if there's still a large enough demand.

    We strongly encourage you to update to the new format for all existing linkcodes for another reason -- new format linkcodes are *way* faster than old format linkcodes!

    Finally, all old format linkcodes on linkbucks.com are not yet presently redirecting to the new format automatically like the other alias domains. This change will be coming sometime in the next month or two.

    Regarding which alias domains are discontinued

    If you can select the domain when making new links, then it is fully supported going forward. All discontinued alias domains are no longer available for creating new links.
    People with full page script, have to update something or can edit the one they have ?

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    You only need to switch from old format to new (e.g. http://linkcode.linkbucks.com/ -> http://www.linkbucks.com/linkcode). If you need any assistance then feel free to submit a support request and we'll gladly help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    You only need to switch from old format to new (e.g. http://linkcode.linkbucks.com/ -> http://www.linkbucks.com/linkcode). If you need any assistance then feel free to submit a support request and we'll gladly help you.
    i use for example of a full page script:

    http://www.galleries.bz/Webservices/...aspx?id=XXXXXX

    do i need to do any change?

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    No changes will be necessary for links like that. The only requirement is that the URL uses www.aliasdomain.com.

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    Okay, how does a year sound?

    There has been a lot of concern over the possible discontinuation of old format links after six months. We've decided to instead wait on this decision for a full year. Check back in January 2015 on that subject.

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    Why can't you automatically swap the links like you did with the intermissions and top banner ads?

    I've got thousands of links posted all over the internet which I can't edit. That also includes dumps on gallery-dump.com

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