the biggest disadvantage to tinyurl and such is that the links they
generate do eventually expire, while the usenet post containing it
doesn't. so the person who comes along in the sometime future can't
know what it was that was being linked to.
but in the case of ebay auctions, heck, they expire too. so it 'aint
no big deal to tinyurl a link to an ebay auction.
but in general, anything that will be useful to someone else later
should prolly not be tinyurled.
and for most newsreaders, you can beat wordwrap by putting the link
inside of a pair of <>. sort of like
*had* something to gain from using TinyURL<<
C'mon Jason, get with it. One of the hallmarks of this group is to
kick the crap out of someone for no real reason or about something you
>> I << appreciate that you took the time to make a shorter link
(sorry no pun intended) so that I didn't have to move my lazy ass one
bit to sign onto EBAY and look it up. Click... I was there. No
signing onto EBAY, no copying the number an pasting it into the search
field... click... I was there.
And as pointed out since EBAY auctions actually do expire and disappear
as well as all the pertinent information. I thought your post was
interesting food for thought, and an interesting look, but not too sure
of its value as an archive. Since you posted the url, were you
thinking it should or should not be archived for us? If you are
thinking it should be maintained for posterity, please refrain from
referencing any subject that could expire.
Especially any item that is for sale.
That should preclude you from alerting anyone that item "X" is for sale
at Woodcraft, Rockler, Hartville, Tool King, Menard's, etc., as their
products will change and their sales will most certainly expire as
well. What would that do to our children if they found an expired
reference or dead link on the internet?
In the future, please confine your trouble making remarks and posting
techniques to safe topics we can all whine and bitch about together
like Home Depot, brad nails, etc. You could get 150 posts easily if
you can find a way to combine those two, and you will find that you
will never be criticized for posting the ever popular bashing topics.
Love it! flamestarters:
What guage wire should I run to my new shop and do I have to have a
What's your favorite cordless drill?
What's the best router?
I was gutted by a kickback yesterday. What caused it?
You won't believe the sale they are having at harbor freight!
The dealer said I should run grounding wire on my new dust collection
system. Do I really need this?
The biggest disadvantage is that you don't know what you're clicking
on. I wouldn't click on a random link that a stranger sent via
e-mail. Why would I do it in a newsgroup?
If I can clearly see the link goes to Ebay, no matter how cumbersome,
it gives me enough information to decide whether or not I want to
see it. If it's to an anonymous site, I won't take the chance.
Yup. Given that one of the stated purposes of TinyURLs and the like is
to intentionally obfuscate the actual destination, I won't click on one
from someone I don't know and trust. Not that my systems would be
impressed by viruses or similar, because I don't "do windows", but it's
a case of a good idea, once again, being contaminated by people who
misuse technology. Popups used to be useful, legitimate web objects.
Now, with rare exceptions, they're just for ads or worse. TinyURL might
have been a good idea, but enough people are wrecking it for the honest
users that it's not worth using, in my opinion.
Same here. Just not worth the bother. I mean - copy/paste isn't _that_
tough, and word wrap is one of those things that nearly everyone learns
how to deal with at some point in their online dealings.
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