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I'm not the biggest Yahoo user, in fact I just checked into the account for a Flickr signup this week, but from what I do remember Yahoo always served the portal you typed in, without redirecting?
Am I just imagining this or is it a change in their localization technique?
I am really curious as I have always been on the fence as to what order I should serve our own Country-mirrors in, we have the ability for GeoIP, browser language, domain name extension, user account setting, query string and cookie (in any order wanted), but speaking as one who is frequently in other countries I don't really like typing in an english website URL and being fed the local variant.
I hate geo based redirects
hate it with a passion. in particular, absolute misery for those of us that travel a lot (or are traveling).
Google is even worse about it. its impossible to turn off or find way back to the "version" I want. (and is the main reason I switched my default everything away from g. now Yahoo is doing it. sigh.)
Serious example of technology use for technology sake.
I so want to start a campaign against geo-redirecting.
and people travelling? that's small, but not THAT small.
IF you are gunna do it...at least make it easy to get out of it!
like i said... its VERY hard if not sometimes impossible to get out the unwanted language/geo-redirected page. I mean a "small" percentage of people is one thing... but completely excluding (to the point its unusable), those of us that don't want geo-redirect is another.
that's just bad business.
ps. MS is horrible about this as well.
[edited by: GrendelKhan_TSU at 12:12 pm (utc) on May 16, 2008]
If you are going to forcefeed a language then it would be at least courteous to provide both the original -and- the translated versions of the language names in the dropdown lists/language selectors.
the vast majority would be blissfully unaware they had been taken to a more relevant search engine.
More relevant based on what? Seems to me that most of the things that I am looking for would be best served up by having an algorithm that does a good job sorting worldwide results, not regional.
To me this is more a scheme to LOOK like they are serving up more relevant results than an actual fix to their search engine. Another Yang stock-boosting attempt if you ask me...
If I type google.com in my cookie-free browser installation, I'm sent to google.com.mx. There I have an option to go back to "google.com".
Once I set this preference, it is set by returning to Google.com, I'm not being redirected anymore.
Exactly the same is now in Yahoo. If I go to "yahoo.com", I am redirected to mx.yahoo.com. But right in the top section, there's a link to "Y!Usa".
Once I set this preference, it is set by returning to Yahoo.com, I'm not being redirected anymore.
Didn't any of these thread see that? :)
Didn't any of these thread see that?
that linkback doesn't actually appear all the time. and sometimes not at all depending on where you enter google from (ie: via iGoogle, or Adsense, Help etc).
All of this whining really just sum up to perform a single click.
it would be much better IF it could be resolved with a single click. it usually can't.