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December 07, 2002
Cryptic comedy links

Daryl Cobranchi thinks that this is funny. I agree.

Question: are cryptic links like this, Instapundit style, a good thing?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:05 PM
Category: Home education

All links are cryptic, in their own way! This practice is fine with me- it assumes that readers don't need everything s-p-e-l-l-e-d out for them, and keeps the textmoving along at a nice modern pace.

Comment by: Amy Hicks on December 8, 2002 05:45 PM

Cryptic links give me the shits. I like to know roughly what I am logging onto before I take the time to do so.

Comment by: John Ray on December 10, 2002 12:12 PM

I agree. There are only a couple people whose blind links I would follow, and they almost never do it. I assume that cryptic links are to things the blogger found mildly amusing, but couldn't be bothered to write even fifty words about. I already can't keep up with the blogs I want to read without chasing down links like that. As a result, I often miss commentary by Instapundit (and Pejman and others), because I read them less often, because they have so many blind links. (I must admit, Samizdata sometimes has the opposite problem. Never-the-less, I read them (and you) nearly every day. Given the hit rates of the mentioned blogs, I may be in the minority.)

On the other hand, when YOU (Brian) do it, I feel compelled to find out what has left you nearly wordless. (For the man who never curses, cursing has more effect.)

Comment by: Steven Gallaher on December 11, 2002 08:40 PM
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