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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:43 am 
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I know it's good for the forum to automatically shorten very long URLs, but is it necessary to shorten the likes of:
http://www. myhome.ie/residential/brochure/29-wasdale-park-terenure-dublin-6/195783
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http://www.myhome.ie/residential/brochu ... n-6/195783

This creates a broken link if someone copies and pastes the second text into a subsequent posting. e.g. see third post at viewtopic.php?f=23&t=29368

Can the minimum length for a link be increased slightly?

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-shortening of posted URLs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:44 am 
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You might want to PM so specific a technical request to OW / nemonoid! :P

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-shortening of posted URLs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:50 am 
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mambo wrote:
I know it's good for the forum to automatically shorten very long URLs, but is it necessary to shorten the likes of:
http://www. myhome.ie/residential/brochure/29-wasdale-park-terenure-dublin-6/195783
to
http://www.myhome.ie/residential/brochu ... n-6/195783

This creates a broken link if someone copies and pastes the second text into a subsequent posting. e.g. see third post at viewtopic.php?f=23&t=29368

Can the minimum length for a link be increased slightly?


Try:
http://tinyurl.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Auto-shortening of posted URLs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:12 am 
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Monsoon26 wrote:


If all posters used tinyurl then this wouldn't be a problem. But they don't. And it's much harder to change the behaviour of N people than it is to change the technology in 1 place.

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-shortening of posted URLs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:53 am 
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mambo wrote:
Monsoon26 wrote:


If all posters used tinyurl then this wouldn't be a problem. But they don't. And it's much harder to change the behaviour of N people than it is to change the technology in 1 place.


So long as tinyurl stays in business. I think we need a thepropertypin.com/kj23h423 format auto shortner, there must be a forum plugin for that? That was redirects stay valid as long as the pin wants.

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-shortening of posted URLs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:37 am 
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The problem with tinyurl and the like is that by looking at the link you've no idea where it will take you!

I guess URL shorteners are useful on twitter, where you only have 140 chars to play with, but to be honest I don't think I've ever used one, since most forums can handle long URLs with no issues.

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