oe.cd - Only OECD-related URLs can be shortened on this website

oe.cd - Only OECD-related URLs can be shortened on this website

13.Nov.2021

oecd.org is a website that allows people to shorten URLs to it using their own custom domain, like bit.ly (which belongs to Twitter) or ow.ly (which belongs to Hootsuite).

oECD.org does not allow users of other domains to create short URLs that point directly to oecd.org . Only URLs pointing directly at articles on www3.oecd-ilibrary.org are allowed (article starts about here - please see attached screenshot below for the rest). Other requests receive an error message "Bad Request" with the HTTP response code 400 .

These URLs are checked automatically and manually. It's not possible to circumvent this filter by creating a link to www3.oecd-ilibrary.org . Shortened links pointing to www3.oecd-ilibrary.org are automatically redirected to www3.oecd-ilibrary.org/pub which is where OECD articles are hosted - the whole process just takes several milliseconds.

There is no way around this filter other than accessing oecd.org through web archive sites like Wayback Machine (www... .archive.../once-upon-a-time).

 

The article ends here with an attached screenshot of the error message mentioned in the article above.

The idea is that this error message will be shown to users visiting the site using other than oecd.org domains instead of redirecting them to www3.oecd-ilibrary.org/pub (the page they would see if accessing the website through their own domain):

What could possibly happen next?

You could try contacting OECD support or twitter support or who knows who else

OECD will not care at all because it doesn't affect their users - by any means, you are simply wrong about your assertion if you think other people can actually reach "www3.oecd-ilibrary.org" pages by modifying short URLs created with other domains You might decide to complain about oe.cd on Twitter using your twitter account @ somehavenotbeentold ... (notice the lack of dash at the beginning of your name)

Your tweet might get seen by someone having either "@oecd" or "@OECD" in their Twitter profiles - this is something you can easily verify yourself if you are not already aware of it. If it's the case, the person being so kind to read tweets sent to "OECD" will have a glance at what you write next but... He/she won't care about your complaint because oe.cd does not affect OECD users in any way and prevents them from sharing links that point directly to oecd.org pages You might decide to complain on reddit using username "someredditor" - just think about how many redditors are using "http://oecd.org" URLs in their posts...

OECD will not care at all because it does not affect users of the site - again, you are simply wrong about your assertion if you think other people can reach pages hosted on oecd.org by modifying short URLs with other domains You might decide to complain about oe.cd on Facebook using your facebook account ...

 

1.) I won't reply because this is a public website and everyone has access to what's written here; why should I reply to someone who is wrong?

2.) I won't reply because this person might as well be a spam bot - only human beings have reasons for using oecd.org links so it's obvious that any otherwise automated spambots would not reach the page they are reading right now by accessing it through other domains...

3.) Even if you were a real person, all I could do is apologize because oe.cd does exactly what it should do: prevent users from creating short URLs pointing directly to pages hosted on oecd.org . It's not possible to change or disable this filter unless applying changes manually at source code level which requires more knowledge than just being able to point and click around in Web Developer Toolbar (which I doubt you have)...

4.) Same applies to why the whole process just takes several milliseconds - it might not be much but I can't simply disable this "security feature" because it would be technically illegal...

5.) Do you think OECD is interested in hosting links created by linking short domains with long ones? They provide services for people using "oecd.org" URLs and oe.cd prevents people from using other than prefixed domains; it's not like the website has any value for them because all they get is less traffic (which, for example, would be worth nothing to me since I only host the site because I like oecd.org )...

6.) In case you were wondering, oe.cd is a service I created in the past - I took it down because of these spam comments which multiplied faster than rabbits but I guess because of this article written about it, it's been picked up again...

7.) In case you were wondering how to manually disable oe.cd , use this URL: http://oecd.org?oe=1 (remove quotation marks)

8.) I already told you that changing this would require me to apply changes at source code level which, as I said above, is something I don't intend to work on; if you really want short URLs pointing directly to oecd.org , go to http://oecd.org and create one there; after that, go to plugin settings in your browser to remove this domain from blacklists...

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