Frank_Rizzo - 9:59 am on Feb 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
3% of names have an apostrophe in them. 97% don't! It seems a bit over the top to perform php redirects and two database searches just for a 3% problem.
Why not the token idea? Rather than display ' use _ instead
the sportsperson.php script splits on the first - to get
$split1 = 'hockey'
$split2 = 'Ed-O_Neill'
$name = str_replace("-", " ", $split2)
$name = str_replace("_", "'", $split2)
$name = "Ed O'Neill" which is the valid name in the database
So is this a go or not?
I don't mind if there is an initial drop because I am not getting much traffic from the current setup. Article pages are fine, the profile pages are not.
I don't mind if this change causes a 100% drop in searches for profiles but I am wary that such a big change would cause a sitewide penalty.