Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

General Discussion

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(33,643 posts)
Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:50 PM Jan 2019

Man, the lack of knowledge on how to properly post links on DU really gets under my skin, sorry ... [View all]

Respected Friends ... if you're posting a link, and there's a ? mark character it it ... then the ? mark, and everything to the right of it ... is totally extraneous, and should be removed before posting the link.

Unless, you REALLY want the outlet from which you copied the link to get $$$ for everyone following the link from DU.

Apologies to the member who just posted this, no offense, cause almost everyone does this.

Compare these two links:


Note that both of these links 'work' exactly the same (although your address bar shows different info when you reach the site). However, the FORMER ... makes money for Twitter when we use it here on DU. The latter ... does not.

I'm not saying Twitter gets paid instead of DU, cause in fact it doesn't look like DU makes any attempt to get paid for click-thru's from what I can tell, but there's really no need for Twitter to get paid, is there?

This also applies in cases where you post JPG/PNG/GIF files, or Youtube videos, or whatever. In those cases you get a bunch of crap characters showing up after the picture or video on DU, and it just looks ugly, and adds nothing.

Everything that's in a link, from the question mark to the right of it ... if there is a ?, is EXTRANEOUS, and should be removed IMHO, when posting links. That is information coming from (wherever you copied it from) ... trying to get paid when their links are shared.

Also, for the Love of Dog, if your link says 'Google' in it ... you're almost surely doing it way wrong.

10 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Unlimited
Am I just totally annoyingly anal, or
6 (60%)
Does this bug at least some other people?
4 (40%)
Show usernames
Disclaimer: This is an Internet poll
24 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
ppl who own twitter stock might frizz out but the rest of us thank you lol nt msongs Jan 2019 #1
What looks ugly to me is a link from Twitter that has 2, 3, or even more of the same tweet. Hoyt Jan 2019 #2
My guess on that one is a bug in the DU software, not something that the poster of the link has mr_lebowski Jan 2019 #8
Thanks. I wondered what caused it. Hoyt Jan 2019 #9
That happens when someone posts the links to *replies* to an original tweet.. Princess Turandot Jan 2019 #12
Yes that's it. Thanks. Seeing losers like that once, is more than enough. Hoyt Jan 2019 #15
Learned something new Midnightwalk Jan 2019 #3
Yay :) mr_lebowski Jan 2019 #6
Dumb question Midnightwalk Jan 2019 #10
Logical question ... Youtube is apparently a 'special case' to the DU software ... mr_lebowski Jan 2019 #11
I know that only because I know simple html markup. lunatica Jan 2019 #4
That's just, like, your opinion, man. LakeSuperiorView Jan 2019 #5
Jesus ... (nt) mr_lebowski Jan 2019 #7
lolololol obamanut2012 Jan 2019 #13
LOL! fleur-de-lisa Jan 2019 #22
Also the "utm" stuff is Facebook Recursion Jan 2019 #14
Thank you for this. WeekiWater Jan 2019 #16
thanks for the lesson 912gdm Jan 2019 #17
Thanks for this tip. I've noticed lately that when I post a video it does that. Autumn Jan 2019 #18
Look at all those votes for annoying. SMH. DontBooVote Jan 2019 #19
Catch more flies with honey? The message was actually helpful, the headline was not - so maybe seaglass Jan 2019 #20
I am perfectly willing to accept the assessment that I'm being annoying anal :) mr_lebowski Jan 2019 #21
Those URL strings don't "pay" Twitter. It's tracking code the publication uses. jpljr77 Jan 2019 #23
This is true, and yes, I posted a simplified explanation of the situation mr_lebowski Jan 2019 #24
Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Man, the lack of knowledg...