Subdomain Referrals - Not excluding Domain & Multiple testing enviornment issues
So I placed this in spam referrals originally and I am still having issues. We have a subdomain jira.site.com and referrals are still showing from internal users following links in documentation found on jira.site.com to the main website site.com.
How can I stop all referral traffic for every subdomain? Do I want to just set site.com in the referral exclusion list however I was told this would result in ghost page views as a filter was set to exclude jira.site.com already resulting in the referral still being tracked. I was informed that
"the referral exclusion list is not to be used to exclude traffic; it is supposed to prevent visits to your site that go to a payment gateway and return to your site from being interpreted as 2 separate visits"
I'm just really confused at this point.
Our devs also will not disable GA on any of our testing environments because how it impacts their development life cycle how can I exclude all tracking that isn't on our primary domain from GA?
The response I received in referral spam for reference.