All your favorite sites are starting to do it. Where once you could quickly mouse-over any Dave’s link to determine which Dave’s insightful comment you were appreciating, you are now left with the current site’s url followed by a meaningless query string.
URL obfuscation by using redirects (a new feature of Movable Type 2.6.6) was conceived to discourage those wretched leeches who post in hopes of inflating their PageRank. It is a solution to a problem. But that solution detracts from the usability of our sites.
There are a lot of Dans, Dougs, and Todds out there but not all of them have the experience and informed opinions of the person that first comes to mind when reading that familiar name. This obfuscation takes away any established credibility. And it works both ways. It’s harder to develop a trust with just a meaningless query string.
Help loyal readers out. When you upgrade to 2.6.6 just say no to URL obfuscation.