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lucy24

9:02 pm on Oct 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

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So I'm puttering around a website-- not mine and not this one ;) --and I hit an error page.

Please fill in the following field(s):

Title

The "field(s)" part is interesting because elsewhere on the same site they scrupulously check whether the message pertains to one, two or more-than-two items, and word the text accordingly. But I guess they got tired.

Glancing up at the address bar I see that the URL is

/error/error.jsp?fields=title%2C&error=errorMissingFields

Well, I can't resist that. URL
/error/error.jsp?fields=foobar%2C&error=errorMissingFields

Please fill in the following field(s):

foobar[en]

(It's a multilingual site that defaults to English.) Let's stick with words I know the site knows:

URL
error/error.jsp?fields=backToMain%2C&error=errorMissingFields
Please fill in the following field(s):

Back To Main Page

All right, so it isn't technically Infinite URL Space, since each URL does yield a fresh set of page content.

URL
/error/error.jsp?fields=backToMain%5Bfr%5D%2C&error=errorMissingFields
Please fill in the following field(s):

backToMain[fr][en]

Whoops! Guess I didn't get the wording quite right.

URL
/error/error.jsp?fields=languageName%2C&error=errorMissingFields
Please fill in the following field(s):

English

Sounds about right. There's a cookie somewhere.

URL
/error/error.jsp?fields=widget%2C
No error message given

widget[en]

Can anything in the world be an error?
URL
/error/error.jsp?fields=addRelatedTerm%2C&error=changeInfo
Edit personal information

Add a See also

and, conversely:
URL
/error/error.jsp?fields=changeInfo%2C&error=addRelatedTerm
Add a See also

Edit personal information

Answer: Yup, looks like it.

Well, I could keep playing with this all day. I think there's a moral in there somewhere. Maybe it should say
Meta-Error

Stop playing with the address bar!
 

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