On the importance of reading documentation carefully
Published: Wednesday 2004-03-31.
People who don’t read documentation carefully tend to do a sloppy job. This does apply heavily to the Internet business, there are very, very many web page that are so horribly broken that it is a wonder that the people that have created it are allowed to do such things for a living.
But there is something that is even worse — broken search spiders. Internet Archive is indeed a nice service, but they have severe problems reading my e-mail links, not to mention the language information (even though the latter seems to have been improved since the first time I complained). There are more search spiders that do similar things, some get lost and lose parts of the links, other do even more weird things.
There are also a lot of
spiders that cannot parse links properly,
and think that
is a link to a local file.
If I am able to get hold of the author, I tell them about the problem, and
if they then won’t correct the error, or if they won’t provide
any contact information, I block them.
If they can’t follow the rules of the game, they don’t get to
play, it is as simple as that.
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