I would much rather they were linked to directly, but I thought this is something that should be decided by consensus. What do you prefer?
Why are we even considering using a specific service for content hosting? I don’t see any benefit in using dropbox (or any similar service), especially not if it’s supposed to be the preferred option.
not to mention dropbox is kinda horrible in many facets.
Directly. What advantages would rehosting somebody else’s files on Dropbox have?
Edit: Ah, I see this is about PDFs already on Dropbox. Like with art, the submitter ought to make an effort to find the original PDF on the author or organization or free-access journal’s site, and link to that. If all the submitter can find/offer is a Dropbox link, though – then, sure, link to that. </my 2 cents>
+1. Do if you can, won’t stress if you can’t. The world will move on.
ideally, there should be some way to replace the dropbox link with a link to the original if someone posts one in the comments (hacker news does admin-driven link replacement that way)
Directly. But if there’s a way to include multiple links, why not do both.
Directly. Especially on mobile where the Dropbox link kicks me out to the Dropbox app instead of letting me read it in the browser.
Mobile browsers should really ask before kicking you out to an app (or, even worse, the app store), and should really have a way to tell a site to screw off with its attempts to redirect you. Soundcloud is the worst; it’s impossible to listen to soundcloud links on mobile safari (as far as I can tell). I don’t want to have to download and log into their shitty app just so I can listen to a few song links a month.
Is there really no mobile browser that lets you do that? Desktop Firefox has addons to spoof your user-agent in desktop firefox; does mobile firefox not take the same addons?
Definitely direct. I’ve no problem with Dropbox but KISS should prevail :)
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