Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Apr 2010 11:57 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Google Now this is something that I find really interesting. We all know and love Google Chrome/Chromium (and if you don't, you're demonstrably wrong), but Google recently made a change in the developer version that ruffled some feathers: the URL field will no longer show the "http://". This made a lot of people very upset.
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RE: Some people just like a debate
by Creap on Sun 18th Apr 2010 13:20 UTC in reply to "Some people just like a debate"
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I think it's in the same path that's already been taken with "smart" permalinks. I once sat behind a (Swedish) user who noticed "default.asp" in the URL field and asked "did I do something wrong now, it says default something". Many browsers already gray out parts other than the domain name.

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

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Doc Pain Member since:

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

You already see such "shortened forms" in advertising material, and in germany sometimes on police cars, reading "" or something similar. It's obvious you can enter it exactly that way into the browser's address bar, but many browsers complete it to a full standard URI form, including schema, server, and maybe even page name (of the default page).

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bosco_bearbank Member since:

Although most websites I visit don't need the www. in the address in order to be accessible, there are a few that do. Maybe it's my browser (Firefox 3.6.3), maybe it's my OS (Fedora 13 beta), or maybe it's the phase of the moon. Whatever it is, I need it.

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daveak Member since:

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

NO NO NO and NO again.

Based of that line of thinking how about we just drop domains altogether and go with keywords like AOL? Wouldn't that be even easier?

Hiding http:// I can just about accept but not that. and are two different addresses they are not the same thing.

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Gryzor Member since:

www should have never been there in the first place. Domain admins should redirect to

www is retarded. Always was and always will be.

The only way to get rid of it, is to start redirecting to the non www version and advertising the non www version. With time, we’ll get rid of the most useless part of the address.

It made sense back then, maybe, but not today.

Edited 2010-04-18 23:22 UTC

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Delgarde Member since:

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

No, because 'www' is part of the actual address - and aren't necessarily the same thing.

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Lobotomik Member since:

You know what? 99.999% of the people don't know that, and don't need to know.

They *should* be the same. When they are different, it should be considered a bug, because it will be the cause of many mistakes.

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