Sitefinder II, the sequel...
Patrick W. Gilmore
patrick at ianai.net
Thu Jul 13 15:48:55 UTC 2006
On Jul 13, 2006, at 11:35 AM, Larry Smith wrote:
>> Is it? If you type "fobar" and the domain does not exist, is it rude
>> to return foobar? Or is it helpful?
> Hmmm, while a "good" question - how about another example,
> someone mistypes whitehouse.gov - do you return the "real"
> whitehouse.gov or
> the whitehouse.com site ???
Note: "and the domain does not exist". Whitehouse.gov absolutely
>> As a purist, I can see saying that's wrong. As a user, they like
>> easy. Hell, most of them us Windows & Outlook, so they clearly don't
>> care about things like "standards". Since they pay our bills, should
>> we listen to them?
> Also true, and while I agree in "principle", if you transpose only
> two numbers
> on your next deposit ticket - is it the banks responsibility to put
> the money
> in the correct account - or is it simply your mistake??
Does the other account exist? And should the bank be checking the
name <-> account # association? I would argue they should. (But
know they do not.)
Either way, not really the same thing, IMHO.
>> Can someone show the Internet is going to collapse, or at least be
>> harmed, by being "rude" in this way?
> I don't think the "net" is going to collapse, but I do think that
> many of the
> "things" being done are simply "making" (allowing/enabling/
> supporting) end
> users to be more and more lazy or what-ever term you want to
> apply. In
> school if you spell the word tree as tre - hopefully your teacher
> this. What we seem to be doing is saying it is ok to not know how
> to spell
> or even know what or where you want to go on the net - and I am not
> that in the long term we are not doing more "harm" than good -
> just as your
> teacher would by allowing you to mis-spell words instead of
> learning the
> correct way....
I think that's going a bit far.
By that token, we should lobby Microsoft to take spel chickers out of
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