moderated Re: renaming a link should leave a pointer from the old name #suggestion


Glenn Glazer
 

Earlier upthread, I suggested using an HTTP redirect which solves these problems. The sequence is like this:

1. Browser: sends HTTP GET <oldurl>
2. groups.io: returns HTTP 301 Moved Permanently <newurl>
3. Browser: sends HTTP GET <newurl>
4. groups.io: returns file

Step 3 does not require any action on the part of the user, the browser handles that automatically.

This solves your first problem (people with old links) and your second problem (generating artificial links).

Best,

Glenn
P.S. here's a diagram, courtesy of Mozilla:




On 08/09/2021 23:12, Andy wrote:
At the end of the day, as long as groups.io sends the actual URL to a file, it is going to be a problem.  Even if it sends out new links whenever a file gets renamed or moved, many of your group's members still have the original messages in their email, with stale links.  IMO, they are more likely to try to follow the links they originally received (in the messages that talked about them), than to look for a follow-up message with an updated link.

So, to fix this, groups.io would need to abandon using actual URLs, and use only those long, ugly links with incredibly long character strings (such as https://groups.io/g/MyGroup/files/grfhiauo4f8ewf9q9hf2301ru94itk5omgqwie0goih5ipo[hw[5-jagnoi3oht4gh4g8w0pgh5403qghriaqqp094gj94a3jg94a[34jg9a4gj9a4w), that tell groups.io what is the file you want, and let groups.io translate it for you.

Andy


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