Modest Requests

MODEST REQUESTS….As long as I’m being cranky this morning, I have a couple of modest requests for the blogosphere at large.

First, please check your links when you publish your posts. That is, load up your blog and actually click on the links in your post to make sure they work. It only takes a few seconds.

Second, links to the New York Times disappear behind their archive wall within 14 days unless you use the magic formula. I posted about this a few months ago, but unfortunately the magic formula was kind of clumsy and tedious to use. But it turns out there’s actually a really easy way to generate permanent New York Times links:

  1. Right click on the link below and add it to your Favorites:

    NYT Auto Link Generator

  2. When you’re reading a Times article on the web, just click on the link. It will automatically generate a permanent URL. (This method doesn’t work 100% of the time, but it does seem to work most of the time.)

This is just one small way of fighting linkrot and helping to keep the blogosphere in touch with the original source material that we all link to.

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