Why Didn't The NY Times Properly Forward IHT Links?

from the not-the-most-intelligent-move... dept

At times, the tech geeks at the NY Times show that they understand what it takes to be a modern online newspaper. At other times... it makes you wonder. Valleywag notes that when the New York Times shut down the International Herald Tribune, which reprinted many nytimes.com stories at their IHT.com website, the NYT pointed every IHT link to a single landing page, rather than properly forwarding them to the proper stories at the NY Times -- effectively breaking tons of useful links online (including plenty right here on Techdirt). For a company that was just among those complaining that Google didn't rank its stories high enough, perhaps the powers that be at the NY Times should take a look at its own policies before whining to Google.
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  • identicon
    Anonymous of course, 30 Mar 2009 @ 7:41pm

    NYT links

    Links to real content so people can steal it?
    Can't have that.

    Let all the links point to the home page so the
    referred will be forced to enter though the glorious
    portal we have provided insist they use.

    Just my guess.

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  • identicon
    inc, 30 Mar 2009 @ 8:55pm

    so how are they supposed to get high google rank and no one linking to their content?

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  • identicon
    R. Miles, 31 Mar 2009 @ 3:45am

    Why Didn't The NY Times Properly Forward IHT Links?

    Simple: Because it's the NY Times.

    Seriously, does anyone still view this rag as reliable source of information?

    The NY Times is the print version of Fox News.

    Neither is worth a damn.
    /personal opinion

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  • identicon
    formeremployee, 31 Mar 2009 @ 4:51am

    Why Didn't The NY Times Properly Forward IHT Links?

    The question should be why are they outsourcing, laying off employees, and cutting the pay of the workers in order to fund senior managers bonuses?

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    Daniel Mittleman (profile), 31 Mar 2009 @ 8:28am

    sudoku

    Ugh. I noticed this too. IHT has the best online sudoku (it has a twist to the puzzles I haven't seen elsewhere) and that link broke with the change Sunday. I am hopeful the IHT sudoku is not gone forever.

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