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Aug 4, 2008 11:51 AM

Bookmarks broken once again?

Come on, guys -- you keep switching back and forth between a board being identified by a number and a name in its URL, and you render all previous bookmarks useless. As soon as we've adjusted, you switch back again.

If you can't make up your mind, at least build a redirect. It's not hard.

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  1. We recently changed the first part of the URL to chowhound.chow.com, but there is a redirect in place. Can you give us a specific example of the problem you're experiencing?

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    1. re: Jacquilynne

      My old D.C. bookmark, after a couple of do-si-dos in which a number replaced the words, was:

      It redirects to this, which is nonexistent:

      Apparently we're back to numbers for now:

      1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

        That first bookmark is from the old boards, before the 2006 redesign. If there was a redirect in place from it to the chowhound.com'boards/14 URL, it may have gotten broken in this new transition. Before last Friday, the proper URL for the DC boards would have been www.chowhound.com/boards/14 and there is a redirect from that to the current URL chowhound.chow.com/boards/14

        1. re: Jacquilynne

          I'm pretty darn sure it worked until last week, but whatever. You've proved my point about not supporting your previous programming either way.

          1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

            I think it probably worked until last, week, yes, and got broken in last week's transition to a third URL structure. We are supporting our previous URL structure, but you're two iterations back at this point, unfortunately.

            1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

              Oh come on now, how many sites can you think of out there that provide redirection for old URLs 2 months after a URL was changed, much less 2 years?! The URL changed once. You got a free 2 years of a broken URL being redirected to the new location. It's completely reasonable for a site to discontinue redirection of old links 2 years later.

              1. re: Chris VR

                It's gone back and forth. Not just back, not just forth. Don't act like a wise old sage looking back on the ages; consider the moment each time when the site failed to do the obvious 30-second bit of backward-compatibility programming.

                1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

                  It hasn't gone back and forth. it's changed twice, once two years ago
                  from this http://www.chowhound.com/midatlantic/... to this http://www.chowhound.com/boards/14. It sounds like, at that time, they put in a redirect that made the old URL work, which continiuted to work until the recent changes.

                  Now in the past week or so it's changed to this http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/14, and while there is a redirect from http://www.chowhound.com/boards/14 to http://chowound.chow.com/boards/14, there's no longer a redirect from to http://www.chowhound.com/midatlantic/... to http://www.chow.com/boards/14... and I'm just surprised that anyone would expect one. Broken links are a fact of lilfe on the web, and the fact that there was a redirect that worked as long as it did is just gravy, IMO.