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Some tweaks and bugs tonight, plus new PDA stuff
Posted by Mike at 2008-01-07 10:28:38 PM, edited 2008-01-07 11:10:18 PM (3 comments) | Permalink
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I'm making some changes in cookie and clickthru handling tonight. You might see, or have seen, some weird behavior, like clicking main page links would go right back to Fark instead of to the intended site for a few minutes...
One of the points is to try to reduce the number of awkward double-logins required on Totalfark; if you go to the main page of Totalfark and then click comments, you have to log in a second time. Normally you only have to do the second login once (unless your browser's cookie handling is broken). One change going in is an attempt to avoid that second login by setting the cookie as you hit the main page of Totalfark. Because the main page is static and not a script, it can't do its own database lookups (or cookie checks), so, this was a little tricky.
(The main page being static is why we can't do per-user main page customizations -- for example, displaying counts of the number of new comments per link. The upside is there's a huge performance benefit to having our most-frequently-hit pages being static instead of dynamic scripts.)
Also, in an unrelated change, some of you may notice that we automatically direct you to the PDA version of Fark if you visit from a PDA or smartphone; you don't have to go directly to the /pda.html URL anymore. Also, the PDA version of comments.pl now allows posting. iPhones are exempt from this as they can render the full site just fine.
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