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XF should update resource/add-on developer terms to ban call backs

Mouth

Well-known member
#1
Many XF admins don't realise that many XF add-ons makes constant call backs to the add-on developers service and tracks your usage of the add-on.

I believe that XF should update developer and add-on resource uploader's terms so that the usage of "call-backs" within add-ons cannot be used to track usage of an add-on's.
 

oman

Well-known member
#4
Yes, but not policed or checked?
And as per my suggestion, it should be banned - not just listed in description.
They only recently added that as rules. They are taking action if people do not comply with those rules. Current resources must also comply and be updated to be in compliance. So technically it isn't allowed.
 

Mouth

Well-known member
#5
They only recently added that as rules. They are taking action if people do not comply with those rules. Current resources must also comply and be updated to be in compliance. So technically it isn't allowed.
Thanks, I just reported 4 for callbacks.

So technically it isn't allowed.
Sorry, disagree. Banning is clearly different than listing in description.
It's an abhorrent mechanisms and XF should be above allowing it, listed in description or not.
 

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#6
I don't like them or agree with them, necessarily but I don't think its right to outright ban them.

It depends on the data being shared during the callback and for what reason.

If it just sends your URL for license verification I don't see a problem with this.

What exactly are your concerns about such mechanisms?
 

Dakota Storm

Well-known member
#7
As long as its only calling back with your domain name for licening reasons then their is nothing inherently wrong with using callbacks.
I do agree though, some authors have been overzealous with it.
 

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#9
Yeah, fail safes really need to be put in place to protect against that scenario. Also, why do those add-ons have callbacks. They are free, aren't they?
 

SneakyDave

Well-known member
#16
Many XF admins don't realise that many XF add-ons makes constant call backs to the add-on developers service and tracks your usage of the add-on.

I believe that XF should update developer and add-on resource uploader's terms so that the usage of "call-backs" within add-ons cannot be used to track usage of an add-on's.
Can't you just choose not to use those addons that have callbacks, now that they should be more identifiable?
 

Alfa1

Well-known member
#19
True, it doesn't affect piracy. It only alerts developers when customers install software on unlicensed domains.