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Hi all,

 

Serious question, but I wasn't sure where to ask it.  Mods feel free to move this thread to a better place.

 

I've noticed more and more over the last couple years that I'll get emails (that I choose to receive, not spam) that have links to websites, and the period is missing between the name of the site and the domain name (org, com, etc.).  For instance, the link might be https://sitenameorg/restoflink.  This is happening even with some larger, more professional outfits.

 

Is anyone else experiencing this?  Is there some setting I have control over to improve this, or is it just sloppy work by those sending emails that I just have to put up with.

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In answer to your original question - I think it's probably either (and I'm just speculating here) a push towards a new standard (ie. dropping the extraneous stuff like www and .com or .net) and letting the browser(s) resolve them using search engines, or as you say, it could be just sloppy/lazy typing.  Most firms have an intranet that they craft their marketing within, and it could be that they don't bother to double-check their URLs to ensure they're properly formed.

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10 minutes ago, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:

In answer to your original question - I think it's probably either (and I'm just speculating here) a push towards a new standard (ie. dropping the extraneous stuff like www and .com or .net) and letting the browser(s) resolve them using search engines, or as you say, it could be just sloppy/lazy typing.  Most firms have an intranet that they craft their marketing within, and it could be that they don't bother to double-check their URLs to ensure they're properly formed.

I'm not sure if that was more or less what I was hoping to hear.  Seems pretty sad when I get an email that is, for instance, promoting a product I am interested in, and they make it harder for me to get to their site.  My first instinct was to worry about it going to a malicious site, but when I noticed what the problem was, I felt a little safer by adding the period and going to the site.  Especially when it was school related, or a well known entity, as opposed to some news site I have never heard of before.

 

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, Kragar said:

Hi all,

 

Serious question, but I wasn't sure where to ask it.  Mods feel free to move this thread to a better place.

 

I've noticed more and more over the last couple years that I'll get emails (that I choose to receive, not spam) that have links to websites, and the period is missing between the name of the site and the domain name (org, com, etc.).  For instance, the link might be https://sitenameorg/restoflink.  This is happening even with some larger, more professional outfits.

 

Is anyone else experiencing this?  Is there some setting I have control over to improve this, or is it just sloppy work by those sending emails that I just have to put up with.

The sender(s) might be doing that so the email isn't classified as junk. 

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I never click on links in email.  I go directly to the site if it i a site I know and I am interested.  Like an airline site I used to fly with.  They're always having deals, so I will go directly to their site or a retail site for skincare. 

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@Kragar

 

I would just avoid the link entirely unless i specifically asked for those ads.

 

regardless, the best way of shopping IMO is just googling. "best/cheapest place to buy insert your product here"

 

also don't forget to check redflagdeals.com (all the sales/coupons are generally listed there)

 

hope this helps

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Just now, Petey_BOI said:

@Kragar

 

I would just avoid the link entirely unless i specifically asked for those ads.

 

regardless, the best way of shopping IMO is just googling. "best/cheapest place to buy insert your product here"

 

also don't forget to check redflagdeals.com (all the sales/coupons are generally listed there)

 

hope this helps

I'd agree, if it was unsolicited, or just stuff for sale.  Some are links from a news aggregators.  Other times it has been from companies whose products or services I already use, and they are pointing me to their site for more info (sometimes to sell me stuff, sometimes just a periodic info update).  I've also gotten stuff like this from my school, when they send out the course catalog or registration details.  It comes from a lot of stuff that I have already subscribed to, and usually not unwelcome crap.  That's what surprises me.  but then, if it was junk, I might not have noticed as I wouldn't bother clicking on it :)

 

Appreciate the info!

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13 minutes ago, Kragar said:

I'd agree, if it was unsolicited, or just stuff for sale.  Some are links from a news aggregators.  Other times it has been from companies whose products or services I already use, and they are pointing me to their site for more info (sometimes to sell me stuff, sometimes just a periodic info update).  I've also gotten stuff like this from my school, when they send out the course catalog or registration details.  It comes from a lot of stuff that I have already subscribed to, and usually not unwelcome crap.  That's what surprises me.  but then, if it was junk, I might not have noticed as I wouldn't bother clicking on it :)

 

Appreciate the info!

Another random thought - is this a work or school inbox you're using?  If so, it could be a "security feature" by the mail server to mangle all incoming URLs by removing that dot to purposely render the link inaccessible.

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7 minutes ago, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:

Another random thought - is this a work or school inbox you're using?  If so, it could be a "security feature" by the mail server to mangle all incoming URLs by removing that dot to purposely render the link inaccessible.

Nope, this is on my home computer, with the ISP email server (as opposed to web-based email).  Don't think I have seen this happen on my phone (different email) yet.

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