@drb Yeah good thing to think about
Not sure if they do the sort of problematic user-tracking that I'm worried about
I'll re-post with the link to the journal's site and do some digging, thanks!
I was thinking about the language from the community standards about obfuscation of the link target which occurs with a DOI. Most DOIs are reputable though I don't know about user tracking. However, I could start a random blog and use The Winnower or another service to point DOIs to it.
Also TIL about shortdoi.org, which is a service doi.org offers to shorten DOIs that contain long expressive strings!
So shortdoi.org returns a 301 to a doi.org URL that then returns a 302 to the actual resource.
Their example points at a Wiley resource, which gets angry at curl and eventually redirects to https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/cookieAbsent - heh
@socrates @drb Hmm. As the publisher of a few journals our library receives monthly reports from CrossRef of how many times each DOI was resolved. I suppose it's possible they do more problematic tracking (as they would have a good view of individual patterns across many journals). Will investigate.
"curl" shows that Cloudflare sets a cookie that expires immediately with a 302 redirect (302 because the target URL could change as journal reorgs site or whatever)
It seems like it would be a terrible idea for a non-profit to go that route and a perversion of the goal of providing a stable identifier for resources that change their "real" URLs over time, but...
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
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.
@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*
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