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Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:47 pm
by Norwegian
There is this problem, where Amazon links turn invisible:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... 0861711572

The above link will now not show in this post (and is replaced by a lot of space - it is still in the post but you have to quote my post to see it). However, if I add a space after /dp/ and before the item code like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... ection/dp/ 0861711572

Then it will show. Perhaps this bug could be fixed.

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:17 pm
by emaho
It's not a bug, you just need to use the URL-Tag, like this

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[url]http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Certainty-Illuminating-Perfection/dp/0861711572[/url]
then it works:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... 0861711572

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:29 pm
by Norwegian
emaho wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:17 pm
It's not a bug, you just need to use the URL-Tag, like this

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[url]http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Certainty-Illuminating-Perfection/dp/0861711572[/url]
then it works:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... 0861711572
It has not been the case that you needed to use URL tags on URLs before. So that's a new change, one that I am sure many are unaware of, which results with this now.

www.google.com/
http://www.amazon.com/

Both links above added without the usage of URL tags. Having to add tags is just extra work for something that the forum already does automatically and did do automatically but isn't working as intended right now.

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:36 pm
by emaho
Norwegian wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:29 pm
Having to add tags is just extra work for something that the forum already does automatically and did do automatically but isn't working as intended right now.
Sorry, I didn't know that this is too much work for you. I thought you were looking for a solution. For me, displaying untagged links is and has always been a very unpredictable feature (especially within phpbb forums) that I've always found to be extremely unreliable.

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:56 pm
by emaho
PS:

OK, it seems that under certain circumstances the url tag itself seems to be not working anymore either, like in this link here that Dan has posted in another thread:

zen1.space

like this the link works:

zen1.space

I don't know if there's a connection, maybe it's the ".space" domain ending that's causing the trouble, maybe there's a general issue.

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:02 pm
by monktastic
emaho wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:56 pm
PS:

OK, it seems that under certain circumstances the url tag itself seems to be not working anymore either, like in this link here that Dan has posted in another thread:

zen1.space

like this the link works:

zen1.space

I don't know if there's a connection, maybe it's the ".space" domain ending that's causing the trouble, maybe there's a general issue.
The issue is the lack of "http://" in the url. It's treated as a relative URL (i.e., relative to dharmawheel.net) without that.

http://zen1.space

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:17 pm
by emaho
OK, now I'm completely confused, I always thought www.abc.de links would work with the url tag. I think I've spent too much time on the computer today :?

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:46 am
by Kim O'Hara
emaho wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:17 pm
OK, now I'm completely confused, I always thought www.abc.de links would work with the url tag. I think I've spent too much time on the computer today :?
:smile:
Take a break ... and realise that you were as right as anyone needs to be when you said earlier that ...
For me, displaying untagged links is and has always been a very unpredictable feature (especially within phpbb forums) that I've always found to be extremely unreliable.
Norwegian, it has always been the case that you should use URL tags on URLs. That's not a new change, although it may be one that many are unaware of ... because leaving them out often works.

:namaste:
Kim

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:51 am
by emaho
Kim O'Hara wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:46 am
:smile:
Take a break ...
I did, and it was good. I was definitely tired and confused :lol:

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:10 am
by Virgo
Norwegian wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:47 pm
There is this problem, where Amazon links turn invisible:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... 0861711572

The above link will now not show in this post (and is replaced by a lot of space - it is still in the post but you have to quote my post to see it). However, if I add a space after /dp/ and before the item code like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... ection/dp/ 0861711572

Then it will show. Perhaps this bug could be fixed.
I just stumbled upon this post and it struck me that amazon is using base 10 characters (10 of them) in their unique id's. I am a bit surprised by that. Even though this affords them 10 billion unique id's, and they could just add another character if they surpass that need, you would think they would go with base 64 like youtube.

Ten characters using base 64 would afford them 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 id's, or one quintillion, one-hundred and fifty-two quadrillion, nine-hundred and twenty-one trillion, five-hundred and four billion, six hundred and six million, eight-hundred and forty-six thousand, nine-hundred and seventy-six. Seems like a no-brainer. :shrug:

Kevin...

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:17 am
by monktastic
Virgo wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:10 am
Norwegian wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:47 pm
There is this problem, where Amazon links turn invisible:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... 0861711572

The above link will now not show in this post (and is replaced by a lot of space - it is still in the post but you have to quote my post to see it). However, if I add a space after /dp/ and before the item code like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Miphams-Beacon-Ce ... ection/dp/ 0861711572

Then it will show. Perhaps this bug could be fixed.
I just stumbled upon this post and it struck me that amazon is using base 10 characters (10 of them) in their unique id's. I am a bit surprised by that. Even though this affords them 10 billion unique id's, and they could just add another character if they surpass that need, you would think they would go with base 64 like youtube.

Ten characters using base 64 would afford them 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 id's, or one quintillion, one-hundred and fifty-two quadrillion, nine-hundred and twenty-one trillion, five-hundred and four billion, six hundred and six million, eight-hundred and forty-six thousand, nine-hundred and seventy-six. Seems like a no-brainer. :shrug:

Kevin...
FWIW, that number is an ISBN. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna ... ook_Number

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:20 am
by Virgo
monktastic wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:17 am
FWIW, that number is an ISBN. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna ... ook_Number
That makes a lot more sense. :thumbsup:

That they might be ISBN's never even crossed my mind.

Kevin...

Re: Amazon links are bugged

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:23 am
by Wayfarer
Amazon actually has a neat system - if you look at most book pages, there’s a ‘share’ link which connects to a short permalink like so http://a.co/d/eULeeMr

It’s usually above the panel to the right of the page next to the other share icons, but sometimes it’s further down on left.

I have noticed that Amazon.com.au doesn’t seem to have replicated this, which is a drag, because it works beautifully. (I’m a documentation guy.)