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account verification from webmail Bugs
By janra , Section Project []
Posted on Fri Mar 09, 2001 at 12:00:00 PM PST

I've had a couple of questions from people signing up with a webmail account about not being able to log in after visiting the account confirmation page (which seems to have displayed properly).

The email they get contains /?op=newuser;tool=confirm;uname= (etc...), but after checking through my logs I find that they're requesting /?op=newuser%3Btool=confirm%3Buname= (etc...).

I know webmail sites encode any links emailed to you. and all the ones I've used send you through a redirect program if you click on the link (hence the encoding). Scoop seems to be able to display the pages just fine when it gets its arguments in this format, but it hasn't been confirming the user in the database, to the frustration of my (10 or so, so far) (very non-techy) readers.

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hmm... (none / 0) (#1)
by hurstdog on Fri Mar 09, 2001 at 06:15:18 PM PST

so i guess this would be a case of scoop not recognizing that the %3B is really a & to split the chars, hmm. I doesn't seem like it would be that hard to fix, just make the ApacheHandler split on %3B too, but the problem i see is what if someone wants to post a comment with a & in it and it gets encoded and sent to scoop as such? hmm.. I'll have to look into how that would work.


been meaning to ask about the ";" (none / 0) (#2)
by kellan on Sat Mar 10, 2001 at 03:42:18 PM PST

The email they get contains /?op=newuser;tool=confirm;uname= (etc...),
i've been meaning to ask, whats up with using the semi-colon as argument separators? i know the CGI protocol is pretty flexible on this point, but it seems strange to deviate from the established convention. i imagine there is a reason, but i spent a little while thinking about it, and was unable to figure out what it would be.


Squid (none / 0) (#6)
by jy on Mon Mar 12, 2001 at 10:07:48 AM PST

In the company i work for at the moment, they use Squid for filtering all web traffic.

And often, with Scoop, when i click on a link which goes to a story, i get the Scoop message 'I can't find that story' because the url has been truncated to

Squid seems to mess with the urls ??

I have this problem with Scoop only, for some months.

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