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Old 10 Aug 2004, 02:59 AM   #6
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Shortening a URL

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Originally posted by [email protected]
(ref. stopping punction being absorbed into URLs)

(Note that one proposed "solution", of using a service such as tinyurl.com, will not work; it just replaces a broken direct link with a broken TinyURL one.  )
The above wasn't a dig at tinyurl.com, makeashorterlink.com or any of the other similar services out there; I was just pointing out that these services do not cure the vBulletin parsing problem.

Where these services do shine (indeed, this is the reason for their existence) is to make a long URL short (i.e. these are URL redirection services):

For example, you might have a URL such as http://www.thebrilliantbanjoplayingmidgetpoliceinspector.com/mail/free/UK/signup/page1/signup.html; using a URL-shortening service would turn it into something like miniurl.com/ab234.html.  (Note that both these example URLs are fictitious.  )
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