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Apr 11, 2009 10:00 AM

Mobile Chow breaks permanent links

Mobile Chow (m.chow.com) is effectively useless when coming from Google search results, since no standard Chow URLs are mapped and redirected to their appropriate place. All requests to chow.com from a mobile device are redirected to the homepage of m.chow.com. Very annoying. It effectively breaks the site when coming from any permanent link anywhere.

Chow should devote a little development time and make standard URLs (the ones crawled by Google) work. I end up just viewing Google's cached page, rather than following the link to Chow, since they're effectively all dead ends.

Remember, cool URIs don't change: http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI


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  1. Yes, this is certainly a problem that needs to be fixed. I had thought the problem was just a missing "$2" in a rewrite rule, but it is more involved. Doing the same search on a mobile device and on a PC, the same content differs by more than just the hostname:


    That's a shame. It causes me to never click on Chow links from my mobile phone's search engine because I know they will never result in happiness.

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    1. re: danwing

      Way lame! In the very least, give us a cookie so that we can TURN OFF the mobile site redirect. There is nothing more infuriating than clicking one link and being sent somewhere else. As an iPhone user, I can honestly tell you that the mobile site ISNT ANY FASTER than the regular site anyway (particlularly since the content is completely farkakte anyway). A site that presumably loads faster is only as good as it's content and the content limitations on m.chow.com makes it a huge fail.