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if you're wondering why your LJ tag links are broken...

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Feb. 8th, 2010 | 08:12 pm
mood: irritated

not_alone noticed that clicking one of her perfectly good tags brought her to this:

           Error
           Sorry, one or more specified tags do not exist.


With a little poking around, I discovered that the new encoding of the tag URLs has screwed up thousands of links to LJ tags with spaces in them. They switched from using plus (+) as a symbol for a space

    http://community.livejournal.com/lotrboys_daily/tag/billy+boyd

To using %20 (an invisible space character)

    http://community.livejournal.com/lotrboys_daily/tag/billy boyd
    http://community.livejournal.com/lotrboys_daily/tag/billy%20boyd

Every single old link to tags with spaces will now fail, which is ridiculous They need to fix this! I have posted a support request 1048755 and will report back.

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waqaychay

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from: waqaychay
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
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i wondered why all my links were broken! thank you for letting us know.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
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You're welcome, it shouldn't be like this!

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The Charcoal Burner

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from: semyaza
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
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I noticed that yesterday evening but then I'm always surprised when something at LJ works.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
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it's just so amateur and stupid. Sometimes they get things right and sometimes they really screw up :-/

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Gids

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from: giddy_london
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
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Huh. Mine appear to be working fine.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
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If you click on the tag links, they're fine, they auto-convert. It's all the outside links that fail in this particularly confusing way.

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fairywriter

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from: slashfairy
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
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as we say in star trek fandom: what the actual fuck?

*sigh*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
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exactly. this is not rocket science, dammit!

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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
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I've already complained about this in support and the latest news post. Although, they haven't even answered my last three support requests, so...

Still if we complain loud, maybe they'll pay attention.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
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I hope if we all make a fuss, they'll come to their senses. But I'm not holding my breath :-/

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hanarobi

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from: hanarobi
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
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Huh. Good to know. I thought it was just my computer being wonky again.

Thanks!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 10th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
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you're welcome. *kicks LJ*

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blink back to let me know

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from: bunniewabbit
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
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I don't understand -- my tags seem to be working fine...? What do you mean by "outside links"?

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Sophinisba Solis

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from: sophinisba
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
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For example, I have a link from my profile page (and from lots of other places) to my fic index that no longer works. I can go in and replace the + in the URL with a space, but there are a whole bunch of places all over LJ where I've linked to that tag, and not all of them are editable. This is stupid.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 10th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
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exactly!

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blink back to let me know

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from: bunniewabbit
date: Feb. 11th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
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Oh, okay -- that makes sense. Thanks! I hope they fix it -- what a ridiculous turn of events!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 10th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
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Yes, what sophinisba says. Clicking from your tags or tags list works fine. If the tag has a space, then coming from an old entry with a link, or a web page link, or (dammit) a rec, will just fail in this particularly useless way.

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Lobelia the adverbial

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from: lobelia321
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
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That is totally ridiculous! Without notification, too! And why and wherefore? So glad you're on the ball, woman!

Question: Remind me what sort of Dorli you liked. Of my Orlis, did you like: The saga of Billy, Dom and Orlando? Desert Prince? Boring?Orli? Of my Doms, did you like The saga of Billy, Dom and Orlando? Karl/Dom in Arthropods series? I just want to make sure that you like at least something in this fic I'm manufacturing for you!

But omg, I'm in love with my fic.... So much so that I worry that you will be, too!

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Lobelia the adverbial

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from: lobelia321
date: Feb. 9th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Forgot about Dorli in Boyfriends.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 10th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
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Not so taken with the Boring writing style, but he was a dear. And I'm waiting eagerly to see your lovely fic!

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Lobelia the adverbial

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from: lobelia321
date: Feb. 12th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
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No, we're not having the Boring!Orli prose style (phew, *wipes brow*); it's more the Desert Prince kind of style. Would that be okay with you? If not, help. I'm way too much into it by now to be able to back-pedal. :-)

But I have to thank you for egging me into this direction. I wouldn't've dreamed of writing another Dom/Orli otherwise!!!

Your icon always scares me because it reminds me of those Abu Ghraib photos, *shudder*.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 19th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
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It's from one time when Dom was a big ol' dork and put his shirt over his head when he saw some paparazzi taking photos. I <3 dorky Dom!

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The Ineffable Has Bludgeoned Me

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from: skulkings
date: Feb. 10th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
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Plus the plus is so ugly and abnormal. I don't write billy+boyd or billyboyd or billy%20boyd. I write, I mean billy boyd.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 10th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
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I don't mind the + that used to be in the html links, and I find it a little weird to put a space in, /tag/billy boyd... But the main thing is that it breaks the links and they don't get redirected. Dumb LJ :-(

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foxrafer

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from: foxrafer
date: Feb. 11th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
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I was wondering what had happened.

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