Jessica (jojobear99) wrote in suggestions,
Jessica
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Fix =3D on comment reply urls

Title
Fix =3D on comment reply urls

Short, concise description of the idea
Some mail clients don't do well with the character encoding used and "=" becomes escaped as "=3D". Livejournal could be made smarter to "magically" redirect the extraneous url to the correct one.

Full description of the idea
urls such as http://babaloney-w00.livejournal.com/27818.html?replyto=594858 get mangled by some mail clients (eg. PopTray) into http://babaloney-w00.livejournal.com/27818.html?replyto=3D594858 which returns a 404. Since this is a predictable problem, logic could be added to correct this error by rewriting the url to take out the extranous "3D" from the replyto parameter

An ordered list of benefits
  • easier to reply to comments if you're using a lame mail client
  • possibly less requests to support about email links being "broken".

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • could add a slight delay to comment lookup time if coded inefficiently

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Add logic to the url fetching code that if the replyto parameter begins with 3D to remove the 3D since "=3D" is really just an escape character for "=". If efficiency is a concern this could be done conditionally on the first attempt to lookup the thread failing.
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