Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sears--Taxonomy--Not Safe for Work

Screenshots from Sears.com, showing unauthorized headings. The first one could be placeholder text, but the second one suggests to me someone is being let go and is taking out on the subject headings...

Click to see a larger image, and check out the breadcrumb trail.





Update: It was apparently done by changing the URL, which includes the category. A good tech lesson their. But I couldn't get it to work. Maybe it still works for the second one because it's cached.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe it's the new person they just hired screwing around. The ads for Digital Asset Manager for Sears Holdings date from late July to mid-August 2009, and the position description is no longer available on their HR page. How recent are those screen shots?

8/20/2009 1:58 PM  
Blogger lquilter said...

I don't know, but I *really* want that saw!

8/20/2009 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Luke said...

...thinking of things I can do to LT on my last day...

8/20/2009 2:45 PM  
Blogger kathy said...

Hehe. I'm with lquilter, though I'd take either.

8/20/2009 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Ivy said...

Awesome!

I'm thinking that it might actually be easier for me to find things on the website with terms like those... :)

8/20/2009 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Shrew said...

Sooooo, Tim, is there something you want to tell us about these baby roasting hobbies of yours?

8/20/2009 6:20 PM  
Blogger Felius said...

I can't reproduce.. Which is just as well, as it's highly likely this was a XSS vulnerability! Looks like they've fixed it.

8/20/2009 8:26 PM  
Anonymous queenalyss said...

Wow that was amazing lol! I only wish I could reproduce it... :(

8/20/2009 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha I just tried to put in some of the tags and under cook babies and more they have microwaves... can't even believe that have a category for that

8/20/2009 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Robert Day said...

When you said 'not safe for work', I thought for one moment you were referring to the unguarded bandsaw blade, which would be illegal in a workplace situation here in the UK (and rightly so. People who complain about the UK's 'nanny statism' - or even our so-called 'socialism' - don't have to pick up the severed limbs or cope with the poverty caused by losing your job through the employer's negligence.)

Sorry to go all heavy on you.

8/21/2009 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A good tech lesson *their*."

??

8/26/2009 12:21 PM  
Blogger MsLadyLib said...

I really got fooled. I honestly thought the thread would be a discussion of the Sears List of Subject Headings.

Minnie would NEVER have used that vocabulary!

8/28/2009 2:51 AM  
Blogger pcalico said...

I also thought it would be a comment on Sears Subject Headings. -- Though having the baby-related terms appear in anyone's "controlled" vocabulary is revolting.

8/28/2009 8:43 AM  
Blogger John said...

Looks more like someone hacked the url, not the site itself...

9/01/2009 5:17 PM  
Anonymous AnnaClaire said...

I like the department headings. Where can I find the "Tools Yo" section?

9/04/2009 8:48 PM  

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