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I was aware of some of the history, but not all. Thanks for adding more context!
On Tiny's website it says they typically look for businesses with minimum profits of $500k. Made me wonder if Designer News was an exception. Makes sense that you would say DN might still be a side project. That's unfortunate, but I'm glad it didn't shut down when Layervault did.
For learning about a product I like watching a video because I can, usually, quickly learn more about the product/service than I can by reading their website.
For consuming news or certain tutorials, I think I'm with you on avoiding videos.
Completely agree (especially in regards to search).
Functionally, you make a great point. That reminds me, BEM does this too: Blocks and elements are separated by a double underscore, and multiple-word elements are joined with dashes (e.g. .block__item-name). As you mention, this makes it impossible to quickly select by double-clicking.
For URLs, apparently dashes are preferred because Google will interpret words separated by underscores as a single word (i.e. "hall_of_fame" = "halloffame"). So we opt for worse user experience in order to rank better... Turns out Matt Cutts tried to get Google to interpret underscores as separators, just like dashes, but it was never implemented.
That was a good read. Thanks for sharing.
Interesting that he mentions you should use dashes and avoid underscores. The one multi-word link in DN's nav uses underscores: /hall_of_fame
Just saying: DN could structure their URL however they want, and they've decided to keep the www in there. ¯\(ツ)/¯
The details do matter. I would argue that's especially true, typically, among designers.
Doesn't it bug you that they've chosen to keep the "www" in the URL too?
Designer News is owned by Tiny, so if it was something they cared about, they could make it happen. It's probably along the lines of what Axel said: Profiles aren't a large part of the experience at Designer News, so creating nice and short profile URLs isn't necessary (or possibly even wanted). If you take a look at Dribbble (where profiles matter much more), their profile URLs are structured the same as GitHub's. Makes sense.
True! That's a fair point.
someone actually built a website
Come on. This is Designer News, not someone's recently posted side-project.
one of the urls
All profile URLs are this way. Aside from possibly /stories/, they're the most numerous URLs on Designer News.
I don't expect Designer News to be flawless. I'm not mad at them for having longer URLs for profiles. Just ran across this comparison and found it particularly ironic. It's ok to discuss this kind of thing.
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