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Digg: worst permalinks ever [Feb. 29th, 2008|01:00 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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The winner of the worst permalinks ever goes to.... Digg!
Another Digg user, David Recordon, has sent you a shout. You can read it at the following URL:



The Digg Team

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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2008-02-29 09:28 am (UTC)
Aren't shouts the same as emails, basically?

Should emails get permalinks?
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[User Picture]From: chris
2008-02-29 10:24 am (UTC)
also they fail for not allowing password characters that are not alphanumeric
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2008-02-29 11:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, shouldn't there be a .asp in there somewhere?
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[User Picture]From: schernyshev
2008-02-29 03:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry if I'm just dumb and don't understand which part is the worst, but what would be the ideal one?

I see several things that can be bad or good:

  • send-shout instead of received-shouts

  • # instead of /

  • /users/ instead of /

First one is, obviously the worst of all three, but is that it? I'm probably missing context / sarcasm not being a native speaker.

I'll really appreciate your help understanding if it's technical thing or language/culture thing that is not making it obvious for me.

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[User Picture]From: dblume
2008-02-29 04:46 pm (UTC)
It's not just you. I only noticed the first issue, too. I've no problem with the other two items.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2008-02-29 07:02 pm (UTC)

Brad is referring to the fact that this URL is to "the current shouts" (that is, a resource that changes over time) rather than to the specific shout that the email notification is regarding. Therefore if you refer back to that email a year from now it will no longer be a link to the correct thing.

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[User Picture]From: schernyshev
2008-02-29 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, my bad - I missed the most important part ;) at least it's not English.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-29 07:53 pm (UTC)



Thanks for pointing this out. A better "permalink" does exist... for example http://digg.com/users/bradfitzpatrick/friends/shoutsin/5141606

We will look into updating the email.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-02-29 10:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanks.

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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-29 10:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanks.

I just checked in the fix. The updated emails should start going out after our next push.

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[User Picture]From: casey
2008-02-29 11:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanks.

I guess that's what it's like to be famous on the internet!
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