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HB Homepage

Make HB the default homepage for first-time internet users.
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OK, I know this is somewhat of a WIBNI, but the thought has just struck me.

How do people find HB? I can't even remember how I found it, but I'm sure it must have been a happy accident. I was probably looking for custard recipes!

I firmly believe that HB could be a world force in terms of “vorsprung durch technik” (sp?). However, people need to find it.

<Soap box time> I believe that www.halfbakery.com should automatically be set as the homepage on new versions of IE. This could be accomplished by setting up a sponsorship deal with MS.

<Mayfly would now like to respectfully draw your attention to the first sentence of this idea, and would like to advise everybody that he has overturned a table and is hiding behind it spaghetti-western-stylee>

Mayfly, Oct 24 2002

We'll be swamped... http://www.halfbake...te_20disintegration
...with ideas like this, and others about genetically modified perpetual motion rabbits with blue teeth and the suchlike [Zircon, Oct 24 2002, last modified Oct 06 2004]


       Sprechen ze baked?   

       I've been here a while, but I thought this might generate an interesting stream of annotations.
Mayfly, Oct 24 2002

       Aaaaa! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No!
phoenix, Oct 24 2002

       {UB} Why are you being so elitist?   

       <Sound of gauntlet being thrown down>
Mayfly, Oct 24 2002

       The Internet is a huge place where everyone can find their own interests. Forcing *any* content-specific home page on first-time Internet users is a sin, and is mostly done to throttle usage (Microsoft defaulting to MSN, for example, or most of the banks I've worked at forcibly setting all users' home pages to their internal web sites).   

       The best home page for any unsophisticated user, new or not, has to one of the search engines.
DrCurry, Oct 24 2002

       I'm going to have to stop clicking on links with HalfBaked in the title. The first time was the worst -- I fell into the portal and haven't gotten any work done since.
ldischler, Oct 24 2002

       Thank [UB], I always wondered what that 'vorsprung' phrase meant, but was never bothered enough about it to remember to actually look it up when I was near appropriate resources. A fishbone for you [Mayfly], would you really have the 'bakery filled by millions more of this (link).. now maybe, if the help section was the default home.....
Zircon, Oct 24 2002

       I'm a newbie, and happy to be so. I look forward to being pelted with fishbones or showered with croissants, depending on the merit of my idea. I can't quite remember how I stumbled upon this place, but after a few hours of perusing the site, I realized that I had found a veritable treasure. There *are* people out there that could contribute greatly to this place, and hopefully they will find it, but there are far more that would not.   

       That, and I concurry with DrCurry...
goostas, Oct 24 2002

       [Mayfly] pick your gauntlet back up and quit littering.   

       [DrCurry] The homepage default has to be set to something. I'll bet that if CurrySoft shipped a browser the homepage default would be set to moniplex.
bristolz, Oct 24 2002

       The homepage default should always be 'blank page' or a local file. How much bandwidth is wasted by fetching a useless page every time someone starts up a browser?
bookworm, Oct 24 2002

       Given that finding any page is a somewhat random affair, it seems to me that the HB is populated by lots of british folks. I wonder if the halfbakery is a british endeavor or if this sort of thing appeals more the brits.
bungston, Oct 24 2002

       well, I am from Venus - cannot you tell from the accent?
po, Oct 24 2002

       "The homepage default should always be 'blank page' or a local file."   

       I think that that ignores the many naive new users who would be, from that point on, stuck with a blank page.   

       "How much bandwidth is wasted by fetching a useless page every time someone starts up a browser?"   

       Is bandwidth in short supply?
bristolz, Oct 24 2002

       I found this site while looking for the chemical makup of those smoke bombs that activate when they hit the ground.
Sulfer_Rain, Jan 04 2005

       how we all got here is a mystery.
benfrost, Jan 04 2005

       Mmmm..not sure about that, ben.
skinflaps, Jan 04 2005


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