#442 textify needless / redundant URLs


Readers' submissions often include top-level links to
well-known sites, or to the home-pages of sites to
which they are referring. These are nearly always
useless and distracting, and must be removed by hand
(though they sometimes aren't, making the page a bit
less consistent that it could / should be).

It would be good if these useless links could be
automatically deleted, so "<a
href="uselesslink.com">Name of Site</a>" becomes simply
"Name of Site."

I think this should be done a) after all chances for
user input have passed, so a reader doesn't say "Hey,
that's funny, it chopped out my link to 'Microsoft,' I
guess I'll have to put it back in." (as seems to happen
with <p> and <br> tags and b) ideally, implemented in
the same way that "fixquotes," "autonode" and
"fastforward" are -- as a one-button process that an
editor can do selectively. (There might, after all,
sometimes be a good reason to link to the home page of
The New York Times or Microsoft.)

This should be done based on the URL in the hyperlink,
not the name of the link, since articles get dropped
(or just not linked), and misspellingz happen, too.

Here is a short candidate list of sites for which the
normal case should be to *not* link:

<A HREF="http://www.aol.com/">AOL</a>
<A HREF="http://www.apple.com/">Apple</a>
<A HREF="http://www.cnet.com/">CNET</A>
<A HREF="http://news.netcraft.com/">Netcraft</a>
<A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/">Washington
<A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/">Microsoft</a>
<A HREF="http://www.theregister.co.uk/">The Register</a>
<a href="http://slashdot.org">Slashdot</a>
<A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/">SourceForge</a>
<A HREF="http://www.t-mobile.com/">T-Mobile</a>
<A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com>The New York Times</a>
Toronto Sun</a>
<A HREF="http://www.wired.com/">Wired</A>


  • Rob Malda

    Rob Malda - 2005-06-27

    Logged In: YES

    Moreso, these links should not be "Deleted" but rather moved to the
    related links space.

  • Rob Malda

    Rob Malda - 2005-06-27
    • assigned_to: nobody --> cowboyneal
    • status: open --> open-accepted

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