David Madore's WebLog: Multiple redirections and URL stability: a rant

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Multiple redirections and URL stability: a rant

I was really impressed by this one: I followed a link on some Web page that was pointing to a page of the domain www.inmet.com (someone's personal Web page below that, actually, but no matter). This is what I read:

Intermetrics, Inc. and Pacer Infotec, Inc. have merged to form AverStar, Inc.

Please visit the new AverStar web site at www.averstar.com. (If supported by your browser, you will be redirected there automatically.)

…and indeed, shortly after that, I was taken to www.averstar.com. But here is what I read there:

Titan Systems Corporation — AverStar Group has changed its name to Titan Systems Corporation — Civil Government Services Group. Please visit our new web site at: www.titansystemscorp.com/groups/cgsg/

(If supported by your browser, you will be redirected there automatically.)

Now what do you think I found after I was redirected to the supposed “new web site” address? That's right: I read

The Titan Corporation has merged its subsidiary,
Titan Systems Corporation,
into The Titan Corporation, effective September 25, 2002.
You will be redirected to www.titan.com momentarily.

At this point I was led to a genuine Web site (Titan) which, of course, had absolutely no relation to that for which I had followed the link. Now this suggests several comments to my mind:

Enough for now. Some other day I'll write a rant about stupid Web sites that use URLs like http://www.bigcompany.tld/S/products/show_details.php?session=Tg2S8QYeVluYi0dn&exec=1K4epdayGfZDv9aD with no explanation anywhere as to what that all means or what you should use if you want to send a link to a friend—and, of course, particularly nasty Web servers and scripts which send you right back to the starting page if you omit any part of the URL in question, instead of proceeding intelligently.

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