User-Agent Loghorrea

I now see User-Agents in our web logs that look like this:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.648; .NET CLR 3.5.21022)

No, I’m not kidding. That’s a copy-n-paste actual UA. Project that forward 5 years. Ten.

Is that level of silliness detail actually necessary? Really?


And yes, for the record, I would make just as much fun of it if it were:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008070208 Firefox/3.0.1 Adblock Plus; ColorZilla 1.9; Firebug 1.2.0; Forecastfox; Gmail Manager 0.5.5; Live HTTP Headers 0.14; PDF Download; Stylish 0.5.7; Web Developer 1.1.6; YSlow 0.9.5b2

Reductio ad absurdum.

By Rick Osborne

I am a web geek who has been doing this sort of thing entirely too long. I rant, I muse, I whine. That is, I am not at all atypical for my breed.