That's a shame, but I guess it's understandable because of the bandwidth consumed. A lot of sites are moving to block hotlinks to graphics for the same reason. I'm not sure if it's possible to restrict access to countdown clock links from outside the server. Sites like Yahoo do it with html code that prevents access to image files. Perhaps similar scripting can be written to restrict clock references to the CM user forum server.
After seeing how many discussion topics have been started on "how do I add a countdown clock" to my signature, can you imagine how many people will be asking "why did my clock stop working"? They won't have a clue about what happened.
Very interesting link, Bernie. I actually recognized a couple of the technical terms, but I'm sure that the ones I didn't know won't be found in any dictionary in my possession! I'm curious, however, as to which of the "hotlinking" scenarios relate to our countdown clock arrangement with Escati? Are we presently taking unfair advantage of their website, or are we ethically kosher for now? It looks like "countdown shutdown" isn't far away. Thanks.
As I understand it, escati generates a GIF image on its server which is hotlinked to everyone's signature. So yes, we are all stealing bandwidth when we use a countdown clock here. Perhaps if escati included a reference to their site as part of the clock, they could recoup some of the cost in advertising. Maybe CM could offer them a free banner ad to provide continued service. As it stands now, there is little incentive for the hosting company to give free access. I hope CruiseMates is able to host a clock for this board's users. Some newsgroup software does include a built-in function to create one locally, but I don't know about ours.