InDesign hyperlink testing swamps my website and triggers my site's denial-of-service-attack banning on my IP
InDesign does checking of hyperlinks to see if they are valid and indicates the result in the hyperlinks list with a green dot (good) or a red dot (bad).
The problem is my document has 500+ hyperlinks to my website and when Adobe tests these hyperlinks (when I open up the hyperlinks list dialog), it swamps my website with hundreds of hyperlink hits all at once and triggers the denial-of-service-attack IP banning code on my website.
The end result is any time I'm editing hyperlinks in my Adobe InDesign document, I get banned from my website! When I check the server logs, it shows the source being an Adobe app at my IP -- which is InDesign of course.
You need to add an option in the InDesign settings to throttle hyperlink testing by adding a delay between each link test ping. Default it to zero but let the user set a value in milliseconds to delay each test ping. Adding 1000 milliseconds would make each test ping get fired at one second intervals, for instance. Allow a max of 360,000 milliseconds, which is 6 minutes delay between pings.
Your programmers need to keep in mind not everyone has a half-dozen hyperlinks in their documents. Get them to think through what happens in hyperlink testing if the document has 1000 hyperlinks in it, all deep links to pages on a single website -- and they will realize what a monster they've created by not allowing a user-specified per link test delay value.