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Can we turn off URL shortening?

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Whenever I post a link, it gets the middle hidden. eg.: http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/ReplicationHome.html

 

What purpose does this serve, other than to obscure the content of the link?

 

Is it to prevent some sort of SEO spam? If so, we have moderators and other tools for that.

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As far as I know, it's because some URLs become really long (especially any URLs that are generated on the fly by the site and/or have query terms in them) and shortening the URL is a way to prevent those URLs from taking up lots of space, especially as it can look ugly around the surrounding text. Most forums these days do this.

 

Cutting the middle is probably going by the assumption that with the beginning and the ending you can sorta figure out where it points to most of the time.

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+1 for turning off URL shortening. We can always use tinyurl to accomplish the same, when we actually need it.

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Better?

 

This wasn't anything like tinyURL, it's just for the visual display of the URL.

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This wasn't anything like tinyURL, it's just for the visual display of the URL.

Aye, but we can use tinyurl for shortening the visual display, too ;)

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This wasn't anything like tinyURL, it's just for the visual display of the URL.

Aye, but we can use tinyurl for shortening the visual display, too ;)

 

But then that completely destroys the visual look of the URL anyway.. wasn't the point to just see the full url in an unadulterated format?

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wasn't the point to just see the full url in an unadulterated format?

The point is to be able to selectively see it in unadulterated format.

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wasn't the point to just see the full url in an unadulterated format?

The point is to be able to selectively see it in unadulterated format.

 

=P  Damn

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Better?

At last, an unaltered link to the 404 page! yay! 

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I feel I have to say I like the URL shortening and don't see the point of displaying it all. (that is a -1 on turning off URL shorting...)

If you want the url, just right click it and copy it to clipboard.

Or point at it and let your browser display it if you just want to read it...

 

Long urls in messages breaks the flow, and looks terrible, and I would hate having to check if I need to shorten my url before posting...

How often do you really need to see the full url compared to all the cases where you just don't care?

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How often do you really need to see the full url compared to all the cases where you just don't care?

In my book, always.

 

The forum supports text links as well, and I'd suggest you always use text links unless you have a very good reason to display the raw URL...

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In my book, always.
 
The forum supports text links as well, and I'd suggest you always use text links unless you have a very good reason to display the raw URL...

 

That is a good point.

Though, this assumes all poster knows about the tags needed, and is disciplined enough to use them.

 

I find it to be more user friendly, and will mean a generally better looking forum, if "no extra tags" still means the output will look ok, even if I paste a 1k url.

If you really need to show off the fancy url (how often do you really need to do this?) you could always do a text link with the url as text...

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A URL is meant to be descriptive and tell you something about the resource. I personally get tired of clicking bit.ly links or similar only to discover I've already been there, or worse, that I've ended up on a site I didn't want to be on. It wastes my time. If the price is to have slightly less perfectly formatted posts, I'm happy to pay that price.

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A URL is meant to be descriptive and tell you something about the resource. I personally get tired of clicking bit.ly links or similar only to discover I've already been there, or worse, that I've ended up on a site I didn't want to be on. It wastes my time. If the price is to have slightly less perfectly formatted posts, I'm happy to pay that price.

 

But in this case, just use captions. That way it doesn't take up space, doesn't ruin formatting, and is still descriptive (more so than the actual url, probably). If people want to read the URL, they just hover their cursor over the text, and it shows up as a hint or in their browser's status bar. I don't understand the problem.

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I can't tell if I've visited a site by looking at one individual's arbitrary description of it. The URL is a unique identifier that gives me a very good idea of whether I've visited it before or not. It also gives me a good idea of the authorship and type of content, if I know much about the site in question.

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Ok, I withdraw my opposition :)

I do agree that the URL shortening was a bit too aggressive, could have allowed a bit longer URLs (like max one line or so).

But people here is probably sensible enough to not fill their post with insane URLs, so turning it off should be ok.

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But people here is probably sensible enough to not fill their post with insane URLs, so turning it off should be ok.

If they aren't, a friendly moderator will shortly educate them ;)

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