It Isn’t Hard


Sad to see Soundcloud laying off 173 people. To remind, that is about 40% of their workforce. But that is not what this post is about.

This is the title of the article from Spin

SoundCloud Lays Off 40% of Staff

This is the quote from the article …

The company will also close its offices in London and San Francisco, leaving only its headquarters in Berlin and New York office open, and eliminate 173 of its 420 jobs.

This is the URL of the article …

http://www.spin.com/2017/07/soundcloud-lays-off-40-of-staff/

Looking at the URL, you would be forgiven for thinking that Soundcloud just laid off 40 people, rather than 173. It’s the way WP auto URLs work. It takes the title, say ‘Attention To Detail’ and automatically creates the URL. In the case of this post …

  • http://www.beyondbridges.net/2017/07/attention-to-detail

… at the same time removing non URL friendly characters like ‘%’. So, in the case of the Spin article, wouldn’t these have been better URLs?

  • http://www.spin.com/2017/07/soundcloud-lays-off-40-percent-of-staff/ or
  • http://www.spin.com/2017/07/soundcloud-lays-off-173-staff/

… or am I just being a grumpy old man.

Ok – dont answer that. That’s one reason I have comments switched off. But I extended the thought and you can comment there if you like …