Recently, I noticed two mentions of things I had linked to, and each mention said something like “I forget where I found this”. One was on kryogenix.org, the other in a comment in Simon Willison’s blog. I suspect that the authors had found them here.
Considering the web is fundamentally about links, and that surfing constantly takes us far afield, why don’t our bookmarks help us more with this problem? Typically a bookmark is simply a URL and a title. Why can’t a bookmark also include the chain of referrers (the history stack) that led up to it? Wouldn’t that be valuable contextual information?
Someday when I’m independently wealthy and can spend my days in a smoking jacket writing the software I want to use, I’ll write a bookmark manager that remembers not just the bookmarks but where they came from.
Or maybe the LazyWeb.org can help out...