Jessica (jojobear99) wrote in suggestions,

Fix =3D on comment reply urls

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 get mangled by some mail clients (eg. PopTray) into 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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