What Happened to the Daily Progress’ URLs?



In doing brief research for an upcoming post, I discovered that (sadly) the Charlottesville Tomorrow article displays a snippet and the “Read More” goes to the Daily Progess article, the URL of which is at best a scrambled-alphabet with do decipherable logic whatsoever.

I’m no coder, but I am a firm believer in simplicity and planning for longevity.

I might pay for a subscription if I could be assured that the Daily Progress wouldn’t delete their archives again, as they did in 2008.

Community newspapers provide a true service; they are an archive for the community’s history. Hopefully libraries are archiving the Daily Progress – on microfiche or whatever – so this history won’t be lost.


Update 18 November 2012: It’s not just the URLs; it’s the entire “new” site that’s changed for the worse. It’s like they have a strategy to drive readers to print.

Also, their (new) RSS feeds are similarly disastrously named.

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  1. Bob Vawter November 15, 2012 at 10:33

    It’s a type-5 UUID (Universally Unique IDentifier), which is likely computed from the text of the story. In theory, it would be usable as a long-term reference to the story, but will likely be obsoleted the next time they update their content management system.

    1. Jim Duncan November 15, 2012 at 10:42

      Wow. Thank you so much for the insight. That is a shame because those URLs in my mind need to be permanent references

      Please excuse any perceived brevity or curtness. Sent from my iPhone.


  2. Kenneth Cargill February 19, 2013 at 02:43

    I have some articles from the Daily Progress that I have scanned in from my mother’s scrapbook from the time when I was growing up in Charlottesville in the 1980s and 1990s. I tried searching to see if there were any digital archives in order to confirm some missing publication dates, but of course there are none that I can find. I really do hope some library in the region (maybe UVa) would take the initiative to scan and digitize the DP archives.


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