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.