Re: Judicious choice of sample URLs... oops!

Subject: Re: Judicious choice of sample URLs... oops!
From: <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: Geoff Hart <geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 08:19:20 -0600 (MDT)

On Tue, 12 Oct 1999, Geoff Hart wrote:
> Techwhirler tie-in: If you're going to use a fake URL in a manual or
> printed publication (let alone in a message to techwr-l!), try out the
> URL first. Someone's bound to try it out (QED!), and you might be
> embarassed by what they find.

Actually, that's not sufficient. I'd strongly advise anyone
publishing ANYTHING referencing URLs that you don't control
to include a strong disclaimer. We found, to our horror,
that a previously reputable HTML-related resource that
we referenced from multiple books turned into a porn
site...the publisher got some rather strongly worded
complaints, and we introduced a "all URLs verified at
time of publication, but we take no responsibility for
what's happened since" type disclaimer.


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