Duplicate link in previous threads December 28, 2001 12:25 AM   Subscribe

I just tried to post a link to this article: http://english.joins.com/Article.asp?aid=20011226014315&sid=300, but I got this message instead.

The link you entered ( ) was found in 12676 previous threads.

This can't be possible, can it? Any ideas?
posted by Rastafari to MetaFilter-Related at 12:25 AM (6 comments total)

you probably had the URL in the url description field. I just tried the URL and it wasn't found in any previous threads.

The error message you posted:
The link you entered ( ) was...

would have shown the full URL in between the parentheses if entered correctly.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:09 AM on December 28, 2001

A null-string would match every article, if the search algorithm didn't special-case for it.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 1:24 AM on December 28, 2001

Oh man, not that stupid http://english.joins.com/Article.asp?aid=20011226014315&sid=300 link! I swear I've seen that twelve thousand times before. No offense, Rastafari.
posted by rodii at 8:26 AM on December 28, 2001

Damned "Get Your War On"...
posted by jpoulos at 8:59 AM on December 28, 2001

I knew I shouldn't have taught those kids that silly song....
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:15 AM on December 29, 2001

Disclaimer : It wasn't me.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:16 AM on December 29, 2001

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