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Tinyurling works if the task is merely to simplify long addresses. I don't know how to design a frontpage that is less confusing, though.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 10:44:20 AM EST
How do you Tinyurl a Eurotrib web address?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 10:58:50 AM EST
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http://tinyurl.com/

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 11:22:42 AM EST
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Many thanks.  I have created the TinyURL http://tinyurl.com/FrankSchnittger which is shorter and easier to type but rather defeats the purpose of giving some publicity to Eurotrib.com as in http://www.eurotrib.com/user/Frank%20Schnittger/diary.

Still, on balance, I think I will replace http://www.eurotrib.com/user/Frank%20Schnittger/diary in my e-mail signature with http://tinyurl.com/FrankSchnittger for the time being.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 12:23:28 PM EST
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Please test tinyurl above to make sure it doesn't just work with my browser settings, cookies, add-ons etc.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 12:25:21 PM EST
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Took me straight to your user page, so no problems.

(Running Firefox with the ET-extensions on XP.)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 02:57:11 PM EST
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Thanks.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 03:06:22 PM EST
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Works for me (vanilla Opera 9.5) I've never had any problems with tinyurl on any browser, and I've used it with both Firefox, Opera and the old version of Internet exploder, so it should check out - but it's true that it doesn't do any good for www.eurotrib.com

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 05:05:18 PM EST
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Thanks

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 05:24:04 PM EST
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Some Internet-savy users will not click on a tinyurl address, because since the original is masked, you have no idea where it's going to take you. Only use them if an address (url) is so long that it may be broken by a new line character. Nothing more elaborate.
by balbuz on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 04:35:39 PM EST
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Thanks.  I'm not worried about the internet savvy users because they can find their way to and around Eurotrib without a problem.  My concern is about a lot of beginner WWW users who have just about gotten as far as e-mail and an internet search and who can't fix a faulty URL (as in this case a . was missing) or find their way around Eurotrib as an unregistered user.  I think those who are used to the Eurotrib format underestimate how intimidating it is for non-savvy web users - in format, never mind the content.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 04:48:11 PM EST
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