Down with tinyurl! (was Re: importing excel data into a python matrix?)

Philip Semanchuk philip at
Mon Sep 20 02:54:35 CEST 2010

On Sep 19, 2010, at 6:05 PM, Xavier Ho wrote:

> On 20 September 2010 07:59, Ken Watford
> <kwatford+python at<kwatford%2Bpython at>
>> wrote:
>> Not that I disagree with you, but you might find this helpful:
>> --
> I don't think the OP wants a preview feature. The fact that you still have
> to go through tinyurl (which by the way, the short link itself in the email
> has no information on where it is whatsoever), and it makes searching
> through the archives difficult, too.
> We don't have a 140 character limit like Twitter. There's no reason we can't
> post the full link for reference purposes.

Some email systems still insert hard line breaks around the 72 or 80 column mark and as a result long  URLs get broken. I hope anyone on this list would be able to surgically repair a broken URL, but I email plenty of people who can't and tinyurl & friends are really helpful in that context. 


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