Domain-Scaping and Rational URLs

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This post has stuff about religion and a previous relationship. My perspective has changed

Over the years I have so thoroughly polluted my domain with dead URLs (mostly the result of an obsessive drive to purge irrelevant content) that I feel that I’ve committed some cosmic crime against the integrity of the internet. I just checked and I have 206 URLs that result in a 404. If the internet were a god, it would have banned me eternally to Yahoo Answers to pay for my sins. Seriously the worst website on the internet.

I remember back in 2009 when Jeff Atwood gave rise to Digital Sharecropping. That somehow eventually sparked the Own Your Dataconversation debate in which Jeffery Zeldman soberly declared that:

Cool URIs don’t change, they just fade away. When you die, nobody pays your hosting company, and your work disappears. Like that.

And in the process Zeldman forever connected digital permanence and well groomed URLs to the whole conversation. At least in my mind. File it under “Responsibilities of the Domain Administrator.” That’s you.

So I set out on a quest to make a rational decision about my website and how it should be structured. The result was simple.

archives/id

So while I struggle to make Google forget about all my abandoned content, I at least have a well thought permalink structure.