With an https April 4, 2008 5:18 PM   Subscribe

Dumb and perhaps dumber question: I tried posting something to the blue today that included a link with https: up front, and kept getting a not coded right error. After futzing with it for a while I took the s out, and it looked right, but then the link wouldnt work. I assume the https (secure link it sez) thing is to keep folks from hot linking directly to an article? Just wondering if its a thing on the place I am trying to link to, or just something with the way to post on mefi? thanks
posted by timsteil to Bugs at 5:18 PM (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Ah no, it's a dumb move on our part. Before you make a post, we do a search to make sure there's a properly formatted link (IIRC, we do a regex for "href=http://") and we need to have an allowance for https:// as well.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:24 PM on April 4, 2008


This has actually come up before, I think. Although I don't remember the specifics.
posted by puke & cry at 5:38 PM on April 4, 2008


here?
posted by mumkin at 5:46 PM on April 4, 2008


Yes, thank you mumkin.
posted by puke & cry at 5:48 PM on April 4, 2008


no love for the single-link mailto: posts?
posted by b1tr0t at 6:24 PM on April 4, 2008 [8 favorites]


Man, I had this whole post ready to go of my favorite gopher sites. What a waste.
posted by backseatpilot at 6:44 PM on April 4, 2008


So much for my post for tomorrow : gopher://quux.org/
posted by Dave Faris at 6:52 PM on April 4, 2008 [3 favorites]


I can't believe that two people beat me to gopher quips.

this is part of why I love this place, the insanely geeky jokes
posted by Kattullus at 7:01 PM on April 4, 2008


Hey, you can still run Veronica searches.

You can't actually find much, but you can run the search.
posted by maudlin at 8:40 PM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


...and I was going to make a WAIS:// joke when I mentioned the regex.

Holy crap, that gopher site looks super slick in Firefox 3.0b5. Did someone actually work on default stylesheets to make gopher sites look all slick and bloggy and web2.0?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:48 PM on April 4, 2008


Yes, even gopher looks more modern than mefi.
posted by jouke at 9:21 PM on April 4, 2008


wow - i'd completely forgotten about gopher and i'm completety amazed it still exists

but, then so does this (warning, horrible midi music, real pointlessness)

and this

and archimedes plutonium is still around???
posted by pyramid termite at 9:53 PM on April 4, 2008


Wow, yeah, Firefox 3's rendition of gopher is awesome. Impressive for not just being maintained, but apparently for being actively developed. Also, Safari hands gopher:// urls off to Firefox... way to dodge it, Apple.
posted by mumkin at 9:55 PM on April 4, 2008


b1tr0t writes "no love for the single-link mailto: posts?"

No.
posted by Mitheral at 10:52 PM on April 4, 2008


and archimedes plutonium is still around???

holy crap
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:45 AM on April 5, 2008


and archimedes plutonium is still around???

I lived in Hanover, NH for a while while he was a "professor" (dishwasher) at Dartmouth. It was so bizarre to frequently see an internet celebrity around town before internet celebrities were an actual thing.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:09 AM on April 5, 2008

I assume the https (secure link it sez) thing is to keep folks from hot linking directly to an article?
No. In fact, deep linking is a threat vector so fearsome that not even https can stop it.
posted by finite at 1:27 AM on April 6, 2008


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