Article URLs week: Day 3

Today, in the third installment of Article URLs week, I’ll focus on sites that use dates poorly.

Dates need to be arranged in year/month/day order, because that is the only hierarchical way to do it — months come inside of years, and days come inside of months. (In addition to improving your URL design, hierarchical dates simplify your life by making your operating system sort files in a logical order.) Also, four-digit years are permanent and two-digit years are not. “2003” is okay, but “03” will create a Y2.1K problem.

Now that I’ve managed to criticize, tomorrow we’ll focus on some of the other top news sites to see how they do.

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