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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Low.Nov 21 2014, 11:53 PM
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In general I strongly recommend against this sort of ad-hoc URL shortener; they have a bad history of being unreliable at worst and are an extra administrative burden and annoyance for users at best.

I don't disagree in general, but is widely used. Unless that's going to change, we should ensure that it will continue to be available.

Lots of people proposed various uniform shortener schemes, but none has been implemented, as far as I know, and is more convenient than any of them anyway.

CT: Any update on this bug? since it's been assigned to you...

Reassign to robh since he normally does domains from my understanding +cc danielz

This is RT 822.

There was a message to Thomas a little over 2 weeks ago. No response yet. But there was no other recent contact AFAIK so maybe the address we used is not current.

Also, there were a number of messages talking about a "shortening service" and I get the impression that people see that phrase and take it at face value without reading the whole ticket.

To reiterate from RT:

maintaining the status quo doesn't require maintaining a database of any kind nor any new services. it's just a simple 1 line RewriteRule regex in redirects.conf

waiting for reply from Thomas Wang

RobH changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Dec 30 2014, 3:20 PM

I emailed Thomas just now outside of phabricator. I'll update this task with details as I get a reply. If I receive no reply within a week, I plan to reject this ticket. (If he replies back later, I'll simply re-open this.)

I emailed about this on the 30th, and no answer as of now. If I get one, I'll reopen this task. As of now, the owner (Thomas) has not responded.

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