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No more www address for links to posts

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Until recently, you always had the option on links to topics and posts, to replace the "chowhound" part of the website address (URL) with www. For example, either of these website addresses can be used to point to the same topic:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/863280
www.chow.com/topics/863280

I've generally used the www version because it's shorter.

The same thing formerly worked for links to specific posts, but no longer does so; it only resolves to the topic, not the post. For example, to point to a specific post,

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8632...

will still work. However, if you use this version:

www.chow.com/topics/863280#7553888

it now only points to the entire topic, not the specific post.

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  1. This is, unfortunately, something that's controlled on the browser side. For example, the www version has never worked in Safari- that browser strips the anchor (the # information at the end of the URL) whenever a page redirects, as Chowhound does when you try to visit it from www. My understanding of their justification for doing this is the subject of a rather long ideological rant, which I will withhold at this time.

    What browser are you experience the changed behavior in?

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    1. re: Engineering

      IE8. For a while I was using IE9, but recently reverted to IE8. Based on your explanation, it sounds like that is the reason that it's not resolving to the post for me now. Thanks!