[RFC|Superseded] Notification mail links without forced login

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xerces8
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[RFC|Superseded] Notification mail links without forced login

Post by xerces8 »

(prologue here : viewtopic.php?f=99&t=35034 *)

Currently the link URL in the notification email to the new posts in a thread requires a login, so the forum SW knows the user visited the thread and decides to send new notification on future new posts.

I suggest detecting the users visit without the login.

The additional login step can be distracting or even unwanted (when not on ones own PC etc.).

A rough implementation idea:
use an ID in the URL (similar as with the first registration confirmation URL) that tells the server who is visiting.

Regards,
David


* - are there special forum internal links ? Some forum SW support them. Makes linking to other posts and threads easier. They also remain valid when the site URL is reorganized)

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Re: [RFC] Notification mail links without forced login

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As you posted in the other topic, such a number is already in the link though it may need to be hashed in order for this to work on a per-user basis. I think it's not a bad idea. Sometimes I don't really feel like logging in after clicking on the e-mail link.
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Seems like a good perspective from that point of view, at the same time it makes it less transparent that the board realises who you are / serves that request as if you were logged in even though you really are not. But I guess that is not something you can expect when following a link in an email anyway, so I suppose this makes sense.

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Re: [RFC] Notification mail links without forced login

Post by bantu »

Could you please extend your implementation sketch? Once you get back the generated string from the URL, where (and how) do you want to map it to?

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