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 Post subject: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 01:39pm
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Is it too fucking difficult to warn people your link goes to a video? With a craptacular load and ad bullshit in front of it? We warn people about PDF's and the like, why not videos and ads? Not everyone is running a brand new machine that handles that stuff well.


Question for discussion: should people include warnings when posting links to sites with flash content and streaming videos?



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 01:46pm
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For fuck's sake, yes. Video links aren't always going to be obvious just from the URL, and if I'm at work or on a mobile device I don't want to waste bandwidth clicking on a link that doesn't include a warning if it's a video.



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 02:26pm
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Probably a good idea. We still have people on coal-fired computers. :P



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 02:52pm
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Probably a good idea. We still have people on coal-fired computers. :P


Doesn't need to be coal-fired. I have a decent computer at work, but since I'm running twenty different applications and systems on it, many of them serious memory hogs, I don't need the additional irritation. I've always liked links better, since then I can decide whether or not I want to take a look. With embedded, there is no choice. Embedded is fine in AMP, not so much in generic subforums.

And like PDF links, video links should come with a warning.



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 07:13pm
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So... basically anything other than plain text or link to text should have a tag? Like...

http://www.HereIsAFakeLinkForExample.com [vid]

or Don't click on this it's not a real link [PDF]

Hadn't thought of the consequences on a mobile device (don't own one!) but yeah, bandwidth issues there, too.

I sure would appreciate that. Sometimes I'm willing to wait out a download, other times I'm not. Would be nice to know what I'm getting into BEFORE I click, especially if it wouldn't be obvious from the url.



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 07:17pm
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We're already supposed to use meaningful, dressed links. It really isn't much to expect people to type 'video' instead of 'link'.



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 07:29pm
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Would that be like this, then?

link to text

link to video

link to YouTube

link to PDF

(And no, none of those is a real link, they're just examples I made up)



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 07:34pm
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Yeah. I mean, if someone is going to just drop 'link' down with a url behind it (as is often the case) they can say 'link to video' or just 'video' instead. It's not a big deal, but it makes the odds of auto-playing stupid anime music videos at work much lower. :)



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-10 07:36pm
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I don't think the specifics matter much as long as it's clearly designated as being something that can hog bandwidth. 99% of the time URLs are pretty self explanatory and don't need it, but when they're not I think a quick mention of videos or whatever should be there somewhere.



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-11 03:12am
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We're already supposed to use meaningful, dressed links.

Really? Because I remember Darth Wong specifically stating that thanks to the board upgrade auto-shortening really long URLs, we were no longer required to dress links.

That said a brief "(links to video)" is pretty easy to include.



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-11 09:04am
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while my PC isn't really an old one (well it's 4 or so years old but still), a simple warning for vids could be nice and I'm sure there's people with worse setups then mine.



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 Post subject: Re: Hyperlinks to videos PostPosted: 2009-06-11 04:04pm
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Stark wrote:
We're already supposed to use meaningful, dressed links.

Really? Because I remember Darth Wong specifically stating that thanks to the board upgrade auto-shortening really long URLs, we were no longer required to dress links.

That said a brief "(links to video)" is pretty easy to include.
If I had my way, dressing links would still be required because long strings of random characters look like shit.



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