If you have a blog, or anything online, I’m sure you have received an email saying: Hey, great article, would you mind linking to my website please?
A few days later: hey! did you get my email?
Then later still: I know you’re busy….
The one I received today was at first annoying but then turned out helpful.
Hey Dan! I’m FOO from the BAR team. Our product helps tech-savvy guys inspect and debug their emails. I found on your blog a great article covering POP3 topic: https://dan.langille.org/2019/04/11/setting-up-a-new-dovecot-server-on-freebsd-with-an-osx-mail-app-client/ I really like it but I noticed that the Wikipedia article you linked to is a lit bit outdated and it can be quite frustrating for your readers. We recently created a comprehensive guide on Differences Between Each Email Protocol covering a very detailed explanation of POP3 and other email protocols. Dan, how would you feel about adding our article as an additional resource? It will refresh your article, making it more valuable for readers. May the force be with you! FOO PS: If you don't want to hear from me anymore, just let me know
I went to that blog post but I couldn’t find a link to Wikipedia anywhere.
When I looked at the code, I found the link, but nobody could click on it. It looked like this:
IMA<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Message_Access_Protocol"></a>P server
See how there is no text between the open and closing tags?
It should look like this:
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Message_Access_Protocol">IMAP</a> server
This confirms what I initially thought. FOO didn’t read the blog post. They’re just finding site which link to relevant content and they suggest they are better.
They aren’t doing this for altruistic reasons. They want to drive traffic to their website.
Sure I’ll help you. For $500 a year.
In the meantime, thanks for helping me fix that broken HTML.