On Feb 20, 2016 9:33 PM, "Stuart A. Yeates" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 1) With Unicode 8, sign writing and ASL,  the American / international
> dichotomy is largely specious. Before that there were American indigenous
> languages (Cheyenne etc.), but in my experience Americans don't usually
> think of them them as American.

It's not about the label, so don't get too hung up on that. It's about
what's easy to type on a typical US keyboard.

> 2) Google and friends are more than capable of handling redirects, even
> when done badly.

Google punishes redirects actually. #38 here:

But you can find plenty more discussion of the redirect penalty. Not
redirecting would mean duplicate content which is also punished - see #3.

> 3) Who type un-shortened URLs any more?

I'm looking for responses that solve this rather than dismiss Intuitive

For example a bunch of random chars or an ID for each url guarantees
uniqueness, but it's much less useful to the user. It looks like nonsense
and you won't be recalling it later. You're not going to be able to
describe the url to someone else, and if you IM it to someone or they see
it on another website the link gives them little confidence that click will
get them what's promised.