You are entirely correct. While I would tend to trust Ed, who's to say
that this is actually him? It's not exactly difficult to frog someone's
name on usenet.
It would seem common courtesy that if you are going to post a link
through a tracking service that you also post the un-shortened version,
for those of us who are not so trusting of random links on the internet.
Tiny URL has a preview option that perhaps Ed should have used knowing
how many paranoid goofballs there are around but it's never been a
problem for me because my computer wears a cyber-condom and I never
catch anything no mater how hard someone tries to screw me. Well, there
is also that backwards cyber-chastity belt thingy that keeps anyone from
sneaking in the backdoor. ^_^
There is a lot more at stake than a preview option or malware. Posting
the original link in addition to whatever tracking/shortener service
link is just good practice if you actually expect people to read what
you are linking.
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