Knowing your target audience

So, I’m elbow deep in shamelessly stealing other people’s web code studying how certain sites work. Looking at ways to implement some of the ideas I want to do with Ansible 2.0, I often look at sites that have similar functionality and peel apart the various pieces of the puzzle. Often, this means pulling out Fiddler and sniffing the traffic, reading the headers and whatnot to glean where things are kept and what’s going on in the background, behind what your browser shows you.

I was looking at one particular site and saw this in the headers

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Server: nginx
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:42:04 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Connection: keep-alive
X-hacker: If you're reading this, you should visit and apply to join the fun, mention this header.
X-Pingback: ….

To which I chuckled. I’m gainfully employed right now as it is, but if I weren’t, what a great way to reach out to a very targeted set of people with specific skills.

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