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April 13, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Forbes news article

ForbesdellA reader named Mick points out:

This text clip is from a Forbes article about Zimbabwe.

It quotes the US ambassador Christoper Dell, then puts up a link to news and stock quotes from Dell computers!


This is a broken link. Probably some automated input that was never proofed or edited.

BTW First!

(I have always wanted to say that.)

Posted by: TedDBear at April 13, 2007 07:31 AM

this is broken. It probably occured due to some sort of automated input. Funny thing how it wasn't proofed or edited.

BTW: First! (I have always wnted to say that. It felt so good. Sad. I know.)

Posted by: TedDBear at April 13, 2007 07:35 AM

Opps! Sorry for the double post. At least it was a human one.

Posted by: TedDBear at April 13, 2007 07:36 AM

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Posted by: Broven at April 13, 2007 11:17 AM

The question though is... what is broken?

Is that a link setting in the browser to pull up "info" on keywords? - Then its the browser that is broken, but honestly I don't know how this type of link could be avoided in that case. How could the browser be expected to be able to differentiate the context?

Or maybe it is a function of the Forbes site somehow... then it would be their issue...

in any case, there is a certain amount of brokenness here, but its kind of a weak one... oh well.

Posted by: Memnon at April 13, 2007 03:57 PM

Memnon: It's the website. People using any browser will see useless fluff like that on various websites.

In the Forbes case, I imagine it's just automated in the web server/content backend to add such links to any company name.

On the odds, that tends to work more often than fail, since most company names aren't someone's name - Dell is an exception.)

Posted by: Sigivald at April 13, 2007 04:39 PM

I'm going with broken, but indeed weak. I looked at a different article on their site, and it seems that they automatically link companies that are on the stock exchange, but the other page also had a person's name in blue (indicating that it, too, was a link). So they do both, just not well.

Posted by: ambrocked at April 13, 2007 06:41 PM

_@_v - that's nothing. there's a yahoo fan group called "the new coven of louise brooks" with a bit of text in the intro that asked you to "have a nice tall glass of kool-aid and put on your nikes"

_@_v - in the "sponsored results" were three links to al franken-related items including the offer to have al franken come to your next meeting!

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at April 14, 2007 08:52 PM

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