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I think it depends a lot on how you mean by “verbose”, and how long we’re talking here.

Something that has come up a few times here is that how often do people actually write in URLs nowadays? In particular on the phone/tablet, I at least often google rather than typing it in.

Don’t go with hard to understand just to make it short, because it’s going to be easier to remember “/articles/why-long-urls-arent-that-much-of-a-problem” (if you’re actually wanting to remember it) than “/a/wluatmp”.