A commenting concern

The article is titled “Should Adobe Auto-Update Flash and PDF Reader?”, and I was about to point out to the writer that Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader have offered configurable auto-update for years.

But then I noticed the site said “You need to Login or Register to comment,” which implies realworld identification.

And then I noticed that this particular webpage also requested third-party content from a dozen other domains, few of which I recognized. Third-party content on a webpage can set a cookie or log an IP address, subsequently recognizing the surfer across varied webpage domains.

If the site happened to pass a commenter’s realworld identity along to any of these third-parties, then the commenters could be known by realworld name as they subsequently visit other pages, on other domains, which happen to host the same third-party content.

So I’ve got a dilemma — the reporter and site may be legit and may respond well to better info, but they’re recycling old content without original research and are notifying a list of a dozen domains upon each visit. I’m already using an ad-blocker to avoid many of those unexpected third-party requests, and have already invested many years in trying to help commercial commentators get their facts right. Is it worth signing up for an account, and hoping that a comment makes it out of moderation, and that the comment actually makes a difference, if the website already notifies third-party trackers when I arrive, and then wants my realworld details too?

Can we take such sites at face value?

One Response to A commenting concern

  1. RobM says:

    [jd sez: This comment isn’t about the topic above, but more about wishlist items (or rants) for the updater blog.]
    No idea about that site in general, but they have a point about your products and their idea of automated updates.
    Typically my experience of adobe automated updates are that they pop up when I open a program (sure, I’m in the middle of a workflow using acrobat, for example, what better time to update!) then the updates will download, demand I close no end of non-adobe unrelated programs that I’m using to try and get work done, and either take longer to install than the suite itself took to install (no, I’m not kidding), require my intervention all the time or just plain not work.
    If you think that is any sort of acceptable “automatic updates” then you must think that Microsoft and Apple’s various updates are magic tricks lifted directly from a harry potter film.