How hard is it to get an online paper repository right? Not too hard, since the ACM manages just fine. The IEEE online repository of papers, IEEE Xplore, just got revamped, and if you thought it was bad before, now it has become amazingly horrible. Half the links from google are now broken, and the whole “let’s-build-your-PDF-on-the-fly-with-scary-copyright-warnings” thing is just ridiculous. Hint hint – you will get traffic if you make things easy to get to. As it is, I just end up going to the authors’ websites.
IEEE, let’s make a deal. You come up with an online delivery system that doesn’t suck — say, move all the papers from Xplore back to the ACM Portal, and I’ll become a member.