posted by Glynser on Wed 13th Aug 2008 07:18
Conversations Hello,

one thing that always annoys me (not only on this site, also on a couple of others) is that it's always some kind of hassle to find the linked articles, because the small blurbs often don't contain only one underlined word, mostly they contain between 2 and 5 of them. And it's not always easy to spot which one of them is the one that got used for the link.

For longer articles, we already have a nice, bright, orange "Read More"-link. Why not introduce a "Read The Article"-link as well? It wouldn't have to mean omitting the links inside the blurb, of course, but it would be a nice, additional feature for those who are [link]http://www.bedsdirect.com/|| ||tired[/link] of [link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Always_(Erasure_song)||always[/link] having to [link]http://www.google.com|| ||find[/link] the [link]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Right.svg/... ||right[/link] link.
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RE[4]: Wha?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 14th Aug 2008 09:26 UTC
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2005-06-29

The problem is that often in my posts, there isn't just "one" article. There are multiple.

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RE[5]: Wha?
by Glynser on Thu 14th Aug 2008 15:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Wha?"
Glynser Member since:
2007-11-29

In that case it might be a bit different, but still, it should be possible to make it a bit clearer. I just don't really like those links that are scattered all over the text, because you actually have to read it exactly to know what the link might mean.

In my opinion, it should still be possible to do something like this at the end of the text (just like I'm doing now with this comment (imagine them lines to be links)):

- Read more about the linking issue here
- Read more about OS news here

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RE[6]: Wha?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 14th Aug 2008 16:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Wha?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah well that's kind of the point of READING a news website, isn't it? I mean, if readers are too lazy/incapable to even READ the blurbs... Then, well, we might as well call it a day.

Yes, you'll have to read newsitems to understand what they're about, and to understand where the links are going. That's not going to change. We can improve our linking, but we're not going to put special links to each story at the end of our items. That's extremely redundant and looks butt-ugly too.

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