I've been seeing a fair bit of link shortener use on this site while trawling the lists. Some number of the links are references to the services themselves, but most seem to be actual shortened links. Should we organize a shortlink cleanup? The ones I found follow:
Posts which contain these short URLs generally are rather low quality with formatting problems.
People use short URLs in posts only when they do not know how to correctly markup links. URL length does not matter when links are formatted correctly as the full URLs are only visible on hover or in the markdown source.
Instead of just editing to expand short URLs, give the post a general clean up. Correct all formatting, grammar and tagging issues and make the post clearer, cleaner and better.
There is simply no valid reason to use a masked URL in the context of a WPSE question or answer (or in the context of any SE netowrk site, for that matter). Is there any way programmatically to unmask masked/shortened URLs and output them as properly formatted HTML anchor links?
You'll have to search deeper. At least in this question, I added a
goo.gl link in the plugin header as plugin URL/link to avoid horizontal scrolling in my answer. I'm sure other not valid search results will appear as well.
Solving a problem the right way
Anyway, yes, if they're relevant for the answer, they should be cleaned up. But not in the way
Let's replace it with the original link
but more in the way that the link contents should be added to answer themselves. If an answer won't work without an outgoing link, then either the question is poor quality or the answer should get deleted anyway.
Links are supplemental and shouldn't serve an important role in an answer.
It's as simple as that.