Links passing through api.viglink.com?
Visiting Less Wrong after being absent for a while can be a major time sink. The sidebar recent-posts and recent-comments links (which I usually have blocked, but not always; I haven’t installed the relevant extensions on the system I’m on yet) draw me into interesting discussions, which frequently link back to other discussions, and so on.
To limit how deep I get drawn in, I try to hold back from reflexively clicking links in comments and posts. Instead I just hover over them (or press and hold on a touchscreen) to view the address, hoping to get a general idea of what they’re about and whether I’m familiar with them (and occasionally saving them to a folder if I think I might want them later).
Recently, though, I’ve noticed that LW is replacing off-site links with indirect links, passed through the domain api.viglink.com. This means I can’t just glance at the URL to see where it points; I have to either open it or paste it into the address bar and scroll through it looking for the embedded URL of the actual link. Is it important for it to do that? Is there a way to turn that function off, or a browser extension (preferrably Android-compatible) to reverse it?
(Initially posted about here in the current open thread, but I decided I wanted it to be more visible.)