@socrates maybe you've addressed this before so sorry if I've missed it, do DOI links go against the no shortened links clause of the community standards?

@drb @dbs @RaoOfPhysics So based on the stuff in this thread and their policy, it looks like they're *probably* not doing anything nefarious in terms of tracking

There's still the issue of target obfuscation

Maybe a good policy would be to say that if one uses a DOI link, to clearly describe the destination in a manner that is human-readable (i.e. title, author, journal name, etc.), on pain of having the post deleted

And then if there's ever "DOI-gate," we change the policy

Thoughts?

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@bgcarlisle @drb @RaoOfPhysics That sounds reasonable. Hard to imagine a situation where at least some of the human-readable info (title / author) wouldn't naturally be present in context.

Maybe in all of our spare time (hahaha) we could teach masto to use the free CrossRef API to look up a DOI and provide the summary automatically? Small instances should be able to play nice at least.

@dbs @drb @RaoOfPhysics Oh I mean a post that's like:

> I love this paper!! dx.doi/NUMBER

^ This would get deleted

@bgcarlisle @drb @RaoOfPhysics Yep, a post like that would get my spidey-senses tingling. "Please repost with additional context"

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Sure. I wasn't trying to advocate that DOIs should not be allowed. Moreso noting that DOIs seem to go against the current wording of the community standards.
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@drb @dbs @RaoOfPhysics Clarity and consistency are virtues, thank you for pointing it out :)

@drb Oh I understand & appreciate your identification of that tension in the policy!

It also led me to start thinking about how much user tracking may be associated with DOIs. More awareness is always a good thing.

And I didn't know about The Winnower before.

So today has already been very productive, although my comps prep hasn't gone anywhere yet.

On that note: *disappears for a while*

@bgcarlisle @RaoOfPhysics

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