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
- 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.