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Handling of external links in Askbot via a URL Shortner service?

asked 2012-08-13 05:15:52 -0600

pajju gravatar image

Can anyone share their thoughts on - How to use a URL-shortener for external links posted in askbot?

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answered 2012-08-13 07:30:28 -0600

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I think it's too risky. What if the shortener service goes out of business or becomes discontinued or temporarily goes down?

Secondly in the questions and the answers there is no limitation on space, so you can just paste the original link without issues.

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What if the shortener service goes out of business or becomes discontinued or temporarily goes down? @Evgeny yes we should never rely on any 3rd party ones. :)

My idea was - we have some service that tracks (and blocks too?) external links - mainly to avoid Self promotions(to their blog, their Products) and Spammers offcourse. They take away the traffic. Let us not forget - lots of communities today are losing their value slowly. (See Quora - lots of self bragging and self-promotions today. Is High on noise and less on organic content today).

pajju gravatar imagepajju ( 2012-08-13 13:17:18 -0600 )edit

it could be useful to track links and maybe give the admins a power to block them. Maybe there is a url shortener app for django?

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2012-08-13 22:29:36 -0600 )edit

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