lucy24 - 11:52 pm on Oct 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
if I were to hypothetically use a URL shortener it would take away alot of usability from my site
I can't help feeling there's something you're not telling us. Ordinarily, people would be looking for any alternative to having long, ugly, unwieldy URLs cluttering up the page. But here it seems to be very important for the entire URL to remain visible to the naked eye.
as well it wouldn't fix the same issue when posting extremely long words or phrases.
That's a different issue. People can't help the size of an URL. But if they choose to use mile-long words, surely that is their problem and not yours? And you'd have to really try to come up with a word so long it can't fit in an ordinary column. The screen shot you posted does not suggest lengthy discussions of antidisestablishmentarianism.*
* I will not go the Mary Poppins route. I will not, I will not, I will not. Even if it is marginally more probable. Let 'em use hyphens.