Making content harder to access

Jeremy Keith on the proliferation of hash-bang URLs and the recent Gawker redesign:

I’m always surprised when I come across as site that deliberately chooses to make its content harder to access.

He links to this great post by Mike Davies on just how badly this new anti-pattern – which was only ever supposed to be a band-aid for sites that ignored best practise and couldn’t get indexed by Googlebot – is breaking the structure of the web, and led directly to the site outage affecting all Gawker properties on Monday.