Sitting here watching the tumbleweeds…
Most likely a security feature built-in to the forum software. With the amount of malicious links these days, having a redirect page can be a good thing.
With phishing and malware one could easily malform a URL in a forum post. A visitor/user clicks it, and a keylogger gets installed in the background without a person knowing.
With a redirect such as TMO has, you have to click the link to go there. This gives you time to pause, check the link through a hover action and see if it goes where it is supposed to go.
I know it doesn’t matter much to us Mac users, but there are quite a few Windows users who check out Mac forums, and Mac users who browse from work WinPCs.
Those are my thoughts on it.
(...and if this was Marvel, I would have a No-Prize!)
That makes sense. But well if we didn’t protect the Windoze users, maybe we’d get a handful more of switchers out of this.
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