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Average user may not realize links are shareable
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Description

  1. Search "language" in the top search bar
  2. Get a URL like http://fab.wmflabs.org/search/query/SrNl8Udr7xRM/#R

I. Expected: I have some clue how to share the link.
II. Observed: An ID-based link screams "I'm useless to share!". There is a "save custom search" button, which however is surely not what I'm after.

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flimport raised the priority of this task from to Low.Sep 12 2014, 1:39 AM
flimport set Reference to fl398.

mattflaschen wrote on 2014-06-16 21:15:14 (UTC)

You can share it.

My experience is the average user thinks they can share any link, even if it looks like http://example.com/search/products (i.e. there is no query-string data whatsoever).

I'm not convinced the average user would think that link is unshareable.

mattflaschen wrote on 2014-06-16 21:17:15 (UTC)

If we want to make this even more obvious, though, we could add a "Share this search URL" button that copies the URL to the clipboard (similar to the buttons Gerrit uses for copying commands).

I consider this an enhancement, not a bug or blocker.

Nemo_bis wrote on 2014-06-17 19:41:03 (UTC)

You can share it.

Can you please link documentation of this feature? I need to know what level of support there is and if they're permanent links.

mattflaschen wrote on 2014-06-17 21:23:32 (UTC)

@epriestley told me on IRC a while back:

"The URLs are permanent (or "permanent") and public if you share them, but not listed anywhere. [...] (I say "permanent" because in a few years we might have some installs with like a trillion zillion queries and want to clean up ones that no one has run in more than a year or something; they are currently permanent in the sense that nothing deletes or removes them.)"

So I think they're permanent as long as we're willing to keep using the storage space (and our pattern to keep our history around, even though it's big) to store the search parameters.

I don't know if this is documented.

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In T236#3039, @flimport wrote:

I don't know if this is documented.

The basics are documented at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Phabricator/Help#Searching_for_tasks_and_bug_reports

I don't thnk we should get into the gory details that maybe one day etc etc. The fact is that nowadays these URLs are permanent and shareable. Resolving.