OT, sort of .
All I wanted to do was read a newspaper column and this is typical of
the link they send me 5 days a week. No wonder we are running out of
numbers. Well this is not truly OT because we all need numbers to do
home repairs and the greater the demand, for silly things like this,
the higher their price will be.
Do they really need so many letters and numbers given that there are
only 7 billion people in the world and a few billion webpages?
I searched a few million of the few billion webpages and found this:
"When you see strings of apparently random letters/numbers in a URL it's of
ten for security purposes...Basically when the page is created the site sof
tware creates a random string of characters and inserts it into the URL. Th
is keeps people from guessing where the page is located on the server."
I also read that the longer the URL is, the lower down on the rankings of
search engines it becomes. I can't think of a reason why, but maybe the Pos
doesn't want the article to be easily found via a Google search and only wa
people accessing it via an "invitation" from them.
On Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:47:06 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
wELL thank you don and derby. I was ranting and didnt' really expectd
an answer, so this is gravy.
As to invitation, the printed newspaper each day gives the url to get
the daily email, which then has me go to the web. And it's only
been 3 days, but so far, I don't like reading it on the web, compared
to the newspaper.
Carolyn Hax has the best advice column I've ever read. Hwever on two
occaisions, I thought she was wrong, really really wrong, and I
thought reading it online woudl make it easier to argue with her. The
first time I know she got about 3000 emails, so I wasn't t he only one
to disagree, and I'm sure they said anything I could have thought of.
I only buy the paper 2 or 3 days a week.
The link encodes the web page, the identity of the person to who it was
sent (so they can track to see how you came to the site and where
you went once you got there) plus (probably) the identity of the agency
offering the link to you.
Can you spell "metadata"? :>
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