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3:11 pm on Jan 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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re: Why the url display changes?

We have changed the way URLs are displayed within posts. There were several issues with the old system that had to be updated.

Extensively Long URL Would Result in Display Corruption
In the old style - this url would blow up an entire thread (mouse over and notice the url):
[foo.com...]

It no longer does that.



Hidden Links
Then there was this that could be used for stealth blind urls in posts:
link [pubcon.com]

(They would use the [URL= format with no anchor text. It would effectively make the link invisible.)

So we will move the anchor text to something like the link to prevent hidden/blind urls.

We had a former member do that on several hundred posts.



Hidden Malware URLs
Then there was the stock url that could redirect you to malware without notice:

http://www.pubcon.com [foo.com]

It appears to be a real url, but they have instead used a url as the anchor text to another site. Without mousing over the url, you would never know you were going to a malware site. I suspect several senior members caught virus this way before a tainted url was removed.

4:07 pm on Jan 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Extensively Long URL Would Result in Display Corruption

fair enough.
truncation [dictionary.reference.com]: any url over 72 characters is crap and doesn't deserve a full display.

Hidden Links

any post with an empty anchor link should go into premoderation as does any post in the GSearch and Spider forums.

Hidden Malware URLs

any url tag that has a url-like anchor that doesn't match the url attribute should go into premoderation.
this might help:
perlretut [perldoc.perl.org]

problem solved.
no extra work to post urls so they show.
no domain echo [domain echo].
no old threads broken.
did i miss anything?

"URLs are cool [w3.org]" [domains are boring]

8:14 pm on Jan 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Two cents, I find this part --><--

truncation -->[dictionary.reference.com]<--

Mildly annoying, I understand the intent, but just the same, doesn't seem necessary.

6:21 am on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The new format has rendered it impossible to read code for new .htaccess examples in the Apache forum. They all get corrupted.

RewriteRule ^foo [somesite.com...] [R=301,L]

Not that many people know to use "example.com" and the new way just means the forum moderator will need to manually edit every post.

RewriteRule ^foo http://example.com/ [R=301,L]

At present, even using [ code ] tags doesn't help.

RewriteRule ^foo http://somesite.com/ [R=301,L]
7:36 pm on Jan 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Example: [webmasterworld.com...]
8:29 pm on Jan 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Another case in point, observe the O.P.'s attempt to describe the problem and how difficult it is to extrapolate the issue by just looking at the text: Post in PHP forum [webmasterworld.com]
1:18 pm on Jan 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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>g1smd rocknbil

thanks and agreed. a solution in the works.