Update: Web sites boycotting Mozilla products
Unfortunately, some website owners (webmasters) have recently taken it upon themselves to block or annoy visitors to their sites if they are using Firefox, because they want to boycott Mozilla Products (for a few different reasons). Sadly, these filters cause a lot of confusion because:
What does this mean?
- The way the message is worded is unclear (a few cases the way it's worded makes it seem as if the browser, not the website, is blocking access)
- The filters are inaccurate and "blanket" every browser that has Firefox in their UserAgent string, also blocking Firefox-compatible browsers (like Pale Moon, Cyberfox, Waterfox, etc.) that have nothing to do with the Mozilla Corporation.
For webmasters who are boycotting Mozilla products:
- To be absolutely clear: Pale Moon does not and will not censor your website traffic to any site. If your access is blocked with a "Mozilla corporation" or "Firefox" message, it is because the website is blocking you based on what software you choose to use to visit them.
- Webmasters putting these filters on their sites need to be notified immediately if they have such a filter in place that blocks Pale Moon, because Pale Moon is not affiliated with the Mozilla Corporation and should not be affected. They need to be more accurate in their detection script/filter and only block official Mozilla builds
Please be aware that (because of the still wide-spread practice of UserAgent-sniffing for capabilities), Pale Moon is required to indicate compatibility with Firefox in its UserAgent.Please adjust your filters
to take Pale Moon into account. Pale moon has a generic UserAgent string of:
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Mozilla/5.0 ([[OS]]; [[arch]]; rv:[[gecko version]]) Gecko/[[date]] Firefox/[[compatibility version]] PaleMoon/[[Pale moon version]]
Example for Pale Moon 24.4.2 x86 on Windows 7 x64:
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Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:24.0) Gecko/20140329 Firefox/24.0 PaleMoon/24.4.2
Conversely, Firefox will always have a listed build date of Gecko/20100101 instead of the actual build date, and will never have PaleMoon/nn.nn.nn in its UA string.