When viewing hyperlinks, users are not able to see the URL or destination host, only the text that the poster decided to write. For example: gee, I wonder where this link goes...
I consider this an issue because:
- Mobile users are unable to hover over links to see the destination.
- URL text alone can be vague or misleading in regards to the destination.
- Sites may contain objectionable content that is NSFW.
- Users may object to visiting certain sites (for instance I avoid visiting w3schools when possible, as I don't like to give them ad revenue).
- Having to hover over links to see where they go can be tedious.
I think the news aggregator site slashdot found the best solution to this issue by dynamically appending
[domainName] after every url, for example: this is an article on patents [slashdot.org] and this is an op-ed on civil liberties [wired.com]. By appending the domain name after the URL text, users are able to discern at a glance whether or not they want to click on the link.
Could we please implement this functionality (or perhaps something similar) so URLs are more transparent to users?