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Sick of linked politics

While I am in support of free speech on the internet, what ticks me off more than anything else (and in turn ruins a good web site, almost) is when someone decides to link to a political web page of some kind. My definition of a "political" web page is any page or web site that pertains to:

- The war in Iraq
- The government of any country
- "Rights" being lost
- "Rights" being gained (by the wrong people usually)
- Trying to free someone in jail
- Censorship

..and I'm sure you can think of a few more.

Why does this tick me off when people "link politics" like this? It's for the simple reason that it's so convenient and easy to link to a page rather than write something about what you care about.

Example: Over the years, I have literally seen what is probably thousands of web pages with the "Free Speech Online" classic rotating blue ribbon banner from EFF. Most people don't even know what EFF means (which is Electronic Frontier Foundation by the way). If you feel the need to link to that web page from your web site, then you should explain on your web site WHY you are doing it, even if it is only one sentence long. Most web site admins when asked why they have that banner on their web site will state "to support free speech". Well, if that's the case, explain yourself. You shouldn't expect a link to do all the talking for you.

The proper answer if ever asked why you put an EFF banner on your site should be: "To protect my digital rights so I can freely state whatever I want on my web site." Note the word digital in there. EFF has everything to do with electronic free speech.

To all web site admins out there: If you're gonna link to a political web page or web site, explain your reason for doing it. When you do, you will attract more people to click on the link. I mean, sheesh, I would if you gave me a good reason to do it.

Here's my link to EFF, and here's my explanation of why I linked it: I support the right for anyone to place anything they want on their web site(s), because remember, the right to free speech does not protect the content you want to see or hear, it protects the content you don't want to see or hear, like Ogrish. So, before you start waving the "I want my free speech" EFF banner, think of the most vile, grotesque, disgusting and morally obstinate web site you can think of. Would you support their right to free speech? I would, because it's their right to do it.

It's all about the wrapper

Well boys and girls, I was able to successfully "backup" a DVD movie today. I knew that DVD burner drive was good for something. Back up important and critical data? Pshaw! Let's burn some MOVIES!

I should point out - the only reason I decided to "back up" the movie was to simply see if I could do it. Turns out I can. Will I continue to do it? Probably not. This is because I do actually spend my hard earned dollars on the middle-man marked up overpriced and bloated retail DVD's at our fine American retail stores. I'm not paying for the movie of course. I'm paying for the package it comes in.

This same logic applies when it comes to shopping for almost anything because the package makes the sale. Take your local market for example. You see a cereal box of Fruit Loops. About three shelves lower (usually the last shelf on the bottom) is a resealable bag of fruit loops by some other name. It's probably called "fruit circles" or something like that. Fruit Loops and fruit circles taste exactly the same. There is no difference between the fruit circles and the Fruit Loops, but, if we have the money - we will blow it on the Fruit Loops. Why? The package looks better, so it is assumed it tastes better. It doesn't. It just looks better because it's in a prettier box.

Good thing I don't eat Fruit Loops.

A website that works?

I have been noticing all to often that there are a lot of web sites that simply don't work. You go to a web site, click a link and there's a broken image here, a page is missing there.. it's just bad.

Kinda makes me think to myself, is my website one of the few out there that actually works, 100%? That would be pretty weird if it was.

Just so everyone knows my definition of a "working" web site, here it is:

1. No broken links

2. No missing pages

3. No missing images

4. Updated at least once a month (which is not asking a lot)

..and that's basically it. It doesn't matter if the web site is great or not-so-great. I just like web sites that, even if designed very poorly, work. I don't think that's too much to ask from anyone who runs a web site.

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