Summary: Are Redirects Annoying?

Subject: Summary: Are Redirects Annoying?
From: Jeff Hanvey <jewahe -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 09:24:56 -0700 (PDT)

I asked the question and got a lot of mixed responses:

-Generally, the feeling was that redirects aren't
annoying unless they are constant within a site.
--Rather than redirect, go ahead and give the new URL
whenever possible, since most people update their
bookmarks to the new site to get there directly.
-Redirects can be helpful, especially when search
engines or other sites link to an old site (or if the
site has been at one URL for a long time and has
regular visitors). Again, however, people generally
like to keep the new URL.
-Sites that move around a lot are untrustworthy, so
having a redirect service like Bigfoot immediately
casts a shadow on the site. The same is true if a
person is forced to redirect numerous times.

Jeff Hanvey

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