From: Aleksey Gurtovoy (agurtovoy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-22 01:11:41
Aaron W. LaFramboise writes:
> Miro Jurisic wrote:
>> Tinyurl (and similar services) discard valuable information from the URL. I
>> often use information in the URL itself to judge whether the topic being
>> discussed is of interest to me.
> To add another example of existing practice, in some forums where
> hypertext links are used, it is considered impolite to post a clickable
> URL without at least mentioning in plaintext the domain name that it
> refers to.
Sounds like a drastic practice on empty grounds. Do you *really* care
whether the link takes you to www.boost.org/regression-logs/something
or www.meta-comm.com/engineering/something? Why?
> I don't know how much information a domain name adds, but I
> think a lot of people, myself included, don't like clicking on blind
Can you cite a single example of the Boost posting that contains a
link that you didn't follow because you were afraid/didn't know where
it'd take you in terms of the domain?
> Also, how long do tinyurls last?
They never expire. Of course there is always a chance that the service
will die and the domain will be acquired by somebody with entirely
different goals, but then there is very little in this world that is
> A year from now, when someone is
> searching the archives, will they still be able to follow a tinyurl?
> Three years from now?
The *original* URLs, especially the ones we are using tinyurls for,
usually don't last/become uninteresting in a fraction of that period
-- Aleksey Gurtovoy MetaCommunications Engineering
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