searching and copying out links to anime easyfication [DONE]

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searching and copying out links to anime easyfication [DONE]

Post by Caster » Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:08 am

Imagine this. You want to search anidb for some anime, view the anime, and then get a link to its page to post it on some forum, etc...
Now there are two possibilities
1) Your search result is not unique, so you get a list of close hits, click on the right one to get to anime page, you get "http://anidb.info/perl-bin/animedb.pl?s ... me&aid=XYZ" in url bar.
2) Your search result is unique, you get straight to anime page, and there's "http://anidb.info/perl-bin/animedb.pl?s ... rch=search" in url bar

The second possibility just sucks to copy/paste somewhere else. The first one is better, but still not as nice as http://anidb.info/aXYZ short link.

Possible solutions to this (easiest to hardest implementation-wise from my point of view):
a) put a link in the short form in anime's info, this way it can be easily copied
b) when search result is only one, don't display anime page directly but redirect to it, this way you can at least copy the long-style url from location bar
c) make short-style url's not redirect to long style (use mod_rewrite instead), and use them for search results and redirection in b) This way there's always short style url in location bar to copy from.
d) extension of c) - make short style url anidb's default when generating links, don't expand them but use mod_rewrite (old url style still working from old bookmarks, external site links etc)

I think that at least a) and b) is simple and could be done easily. b) will also save lots of search time and unambigous links

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Post by Gambit » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:08 am

You mean that you want the Chii-style URLs when looking up anime instead of the full url as being used in the website now?
I`m not entirely against that, really ... saves you quite a bunch of characters in links and references, although I fail to see your claim about ambigious links.

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Post by Caster » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:36 am

Suppose you search for NAME, and get only one result so anidb shows the anime instanly, but URL is still http://anidb.info/perl-bin/animedb.pl?s ... rch=search
You copy/paste the url somewhere, and later another anime, which name also includes NAME, gets added. Your copypasted now doesn't link to the anime you wanted, but search result page with two animes instead.

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Post by Rar » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:10 pm

Exp could respond to single hits to search queries with 303s rather than internal redirect. And could use the rewriten form as standard link, of course. However, the way he writes his page generation means changing that is non-trivial.

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Post by Caster » Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:18 pm

Well there's still the trivial variant a)

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Post by pelican » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:36 pm

I certainly want the proper redirect on single results or at least display of the aid on the anime page. Getting anime ids can be a bit of a pain with the current facilities.

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Post by Caster » Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:25 am

pelican wrote:I certainly want the proper redirect on single results or at least display of the aid on the anime page. Getting anime ids can be a bit of a pain with the current facilities.
Yeah. You could just add AniDB ID with link as for ANN/Animenfo, or make link from title or something (to spare space).

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