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Ban URL shorting services

Apparently this link (and probably others) are now being used to get around the lmgtfy.com block (recent example, if you hurry before it's flagged away):


So my question is pretty simple: do we need to add something to prevent the use of these services to mask the true destination? Can we just block bit.ly, tinyurl.com etc., at least in comments?

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    At least in comments? Block them in answers. You get 30,000 characters to write your answer; there's absolutely no reason to use a URL shortener, ever. I can see it in comments since you're severely limited to what you can say and a long URL can destroy your character count. – animuson Jul 24 '12 at 22:48
  • @animuson you can always use multiple comments. Not everything has to be summarized in a single comment, if a URL happens to put you over the edge. The reason I said at least in comments, is that this kind of response is much, much, much more likely to appear in comments. – Aaron Bertrand Jul 24 '12 at 22:50

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