Why ruin a perfectly good e-mail with a link when a QR Code will do just fine?
Submitter’s Comment: “Got this as an email but I JUST WANT THE LINK!”
I really like the look of QR codes. The concept appeals to me too. I think QR codes have great potential, and are already being used effectively in proper context.
However, the idea behind QR codes is to facilitate flow of information, not to build a technological barrier as a ring fence around it! For example, I don’t even have a smart phone (or separate QR code scanner).
This is a wretchedly mis-used QR code, “embedded” in email, and without including the corresponding URL.
Y-Combinator, presumably the sponsors of this Melbourne Code-a-thon, only wants attendees who are willing to go to the trouble of fishing out the URL from the QR code?
This was not done intentionally. Whomever drafted the email made a mistake, forgot to include the URL after checking that the QR code was included correctly, centered properly… maybe?