Philip Newton (pne) wrote in suggestions,
Philip Newton

Allow port numbers in syndication URLs

Allow port numbers in syndication URLs

Short, concise description of the idea
Currently, the URL behind a syndication account may not contain a ":" followed by a number. It would be nice if this restriction were lifted.

Full description of the idea
For some reason, URLs containing port specifications (e.g. are not allowed as source URLs for syndicated accounts.

However, some services provide RSS feeds on ports such as 8000 or 8080 (which have a fairly long history as "alternate" HTTP ports) or 8888. It would be nice if it would be possible to enable feeding from non-standard ports.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Ability to create syndicated accounts feeding from URLs that are currently not possible.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Someone could add a URL with a port number dedicated to another service such as 23 for telnet or 25 for smtp. On the other hand, even port 80 could harbour some non-http service.
  • Some typos may no longer be detected if the typo contains a colon followed by digits, but I'd say this is unlikely.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Remove the check for ":" in the hostname from htdocs/syn/index.bml.
  • Tags: syndication, § implemented differently
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