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September 24, 2008

Please: No More Long Unformatted URLs in the Comments

If you haven't noticed, the page width expands with your 1000 character long unformatted URLs-- making the comments virtually unreadable.

You have four options:

1) Learn to use the linkings interface just above each posting window. You can use this post to experiment with that. I admit, this interface kind of sucks and I myself am I always a bit unsure of what goes where. So let's all experiment and see how it works.

2) Enter the link you wish to post in the box at tinyurl.com, which translates that long link into a... tiny url, easily posted without breaking the margins.

I mean, not to be snakry, but it's a pretty easy thing to remember. Want to make a URL tiny? Go to tinyurl.com.

3) Enter breaks periodically in the URL. Yes, this means that anyone who wants to use your link will have to knit it back together in multiple stages. That's why you should probably use tinyurl.com.

4) Don't include the link, just tell people "search google for these keywords and look for the CNN article," etc.

Please. Please. You are driving me fucking crazy here. Stop with the long URLs. Posting a URL which 10% readers may be interested in is simply not worth ruining an entire thread for 100% of readers.

Use tinyurl.com for God's sakes. It takes, literally, three seconds. What's so hard?


Incidentally, by not observing this rule, I've now had to call attention to it, which gives lefty trolls a whole new way to sabotage the site daily.


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