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I have a fresh 3.5.1 installation - default theme, no plugins.

Running HTTPFox on Firefox shows that after a GET-request of any given page in Wordpress has finished loading, a GET-request is sent for the rel='next' page:

<link rel='next' title='Next Page Title' href='http://www.domain.com/next-page/' />

and fails:

00:10:04.992    0.556   698 245 GET (Aborted)   text/html (NS_BINDING_ABORTED)  http://www.domain.com/next-page/

My question - is this on purpose? Is wordpress doing some kind of preloading? I'd like to understand why it is doing this.

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This isn’t WordPress, it is Firefox’ Link prefetching. You can turn it off.

Serve those requests nothing:

# Serve Firefox' prefetch requests an empty page
RewriteCond %{HTTP_X_MOZ} ^prefetch$
RewriteRule ^ - [L,R=204]
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Oh wow. Thank you! For anyone wanting to prevent prefetching for your wordpress site, the following code removes the rel="next" link: remove_action('wp_head', 'adjacent_posts_rel_link_wp_head'); – Nicholas Pickering Jan 29 '13 at 18:18
Actually, the edit from toscho is a better solution. – Nicholas Pickering Jan 29 '13 at 18:24

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