Re: why redirs?
> This one is easy. It is a simple way to
> have counters for link hits.
sure, but what's the advantage for the user? I don't want to know how many people are clicking on an icon, I want a usable system.
For user tracking and interest driven advertisements this would give the freshmeat operator a good data base, but from the user point of view... I don't like this development of being counted and looked at more and more.
one problem I have with freshmeat (the old and the new one) are the redirections for the 'home page' / 'download' / 'changelog' buttons.
I really hate this. Before I click on a link, I want to know whereto this link takes me, I want to be able to copy a link into the clipboard and I want to be able to use the "save as" feature of my
browser with the 'download' link.
Why don't you let a link be a link? What are the advantages of redirections for the user?
And another problem: I had to type in this text twice. Going back from 'Step 2' for correcting a typo cleared the form fields???
Beside this: freshmeat is a great service. Thanks for your work!
PS: I liked the old layout more, but that's a matter of taste...