Should fpps go to a coral cache link? October 19, 2005 8:21 AM   Subscribe

Not sure if this has been suggested before (searching on MeTa currently isn't working), but I'll suggest now that FPPs go through a little post-processing to add a coral cache link to all outbound links in the FPP. It might make sense to have this be an option the post author can click on/off (CNN doesn't need to be protected from traffic, some dude with a Geocities page does).

Something equivalent to this could be handled on the client side, using some Javascript or a Greasemonkey extension, I suppose, but handling on the server side would be more universal.
posted by adamrice to Feature Requests at 8:21 AM (13 comments total)

There's a greasemonkey script for slashdot that tacks coral cache and links as tiny little images after each link in a post.
posted by boo_radley at 8:34 AM on October 19, 2005

posted by boo_radley at 8:34 AM on October 19, 2005

In my experience, when a site is working well, often the coral cache is slower to respond.
posted by smackfu at 8:41 AM on October 19, 2005

Really, how often are sites MeFied? Ever? Huh? Slashdot hasn't implemented this because of the number of sites that depend on real traffic for advertising dollars, and I think the same argument should hold here.

That and I'm too busy on a project I want to have ready for the launch of MePro to work on GM scripts.
posted by Plutor at 9:05 AM on October 19, 2005

I have never had much luck with coral cache, as much as it seems like it should be a very good idea.
I just tried it to get to this Discover story linked from Slashdot, because it was in my head from this MeTa post, and the coralized link sat for a full minute or so and then said Request Timed Out. I went to the non-coral link, and it worked. Slowly, but it worked.
posted by blacklite at 9:12 AM on October 19, 2005

/me looks over Plutor's shoulder, hoping to glimpse at his project
posted by boo_radley at 9:19 AM on October 19, 2005

Don't be postin' no Geocities sites on Mefi.
posted by furtive at 9:38 AM on October 19, 2005

Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that the original link should be rewritten, rather that a coralized link should be appended. I agree that Coral Cache isn't always better, but there are at least a few links every day that would benefit from a coralized version. Also, it is my understanding that Coral is one of those things that works better the more people use it (I know that if you are the first to access a coralized page, it is unquestionably slower); if this were built into the MeFi infrastructure and people got in the habit of using it, we'd see better performance.
posted by adamrice at 9:41 AM on October 19, 2005

'MePro to work on GM scripts'

MePro? Grand Master scripts? Have I missed something?
posted by driveler at 11:03 AM on October 19, 2005

driveler: Game Master! Roll for initiative.
posted by boo_radley at 1:54 PM on October 19, 2005

GM :-> Greasemonkey
MePro :-> Metafilter projects?
posted by Mitheral at 1:57 PM on October 19, 2005

MetaFilter Pro?
posted by dg at 7:50 PM on October 19, 2005

maybe ask the MirrorDot people to set up a mirrormeta or something. I agree that is often slower than a high capacity site. Defaulting to them would be a bad idea.
posted by jba at 9:32 PM on October 19, 2005

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