deep linking policy (was Re: Osborne Computer 4 (Vixen) prototype?)
eric at brouhaha.com
Wed Jul 16 20:50:49 CDT 2008
Dave Dunfield wrote:
> I was wondering if you could explain to me what is not clear about
> this request, which is posted (bolded) at both the top and bottom
> of my disk images page:
The problem is the usage model of the web. Just because something
happens to be on a page, at the top or bottom (or both), doesn't mean
that anyone is going to bother to read it.
Your URL randomization scheme is a (somewhat) reasonable way to prevent
deep linking. Expecting people not to do so simply out of respect for a
statement on a web page that they may or may not have actually read is
doomed to failure.
> I'm trying to understand why people are don't see or understand this simple
If I search for "sinusoidal depleneration" using a search engine, and go
to a web page from the results, I'm more likely to just hit control-F
and search for that term within the page, rather than bother to read
notices at the top of the page.
> I think it's a reasonable request...
Opinions are bound to vary on that. I would argue that simply by virtue
of that fact that almost no web sites make such a request, that it is
effectively not reasonable.
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