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Topic   Links to GameTZ from FB no longer work...

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 6-Dec-2018(#1)
Facebook, in their infinite wisdom, have added tracking to links leaving their site. They add an "fbclid" tag to all outgoing links.

If I try to link to the Secret Santa thread, for example, it looks like this coming from Facebook:

https://gametz.com/General/santa-gametz-secret-chr...

For most servers, that just gets ignored. But, for GameTZ's custom URL processing, it seems to be getting confused by it and gives a "not a valid forum" error.

I know there probably aren't a ton of links coming in from FB, but it would be good if people could link to GameTZ from there. Especially if other sites start doing anything similar.

Can you fix that up to handle it? You could either have it be ignored -- or add something higher up (i.e. before your code processes it maybe?) to force a quick redirect -- something like:

http://www.gametz.com/*?fbclid=* forwarding 302 to http://www.gametz.com/$1


Sorry to be a bother...

bill
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
7-Dec-2018(#2)
Here's a link to your SS topic that will work:

https://gametz.com/?A=Forum&area=General&topic=591...

I'm working on the more general strip-off the bad fb thing solution...
bill
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 7-Dec-2018(#3)
OK, I have a fix in that I think addresses this.

I wasn't able to do the simpler redirect solution because I use "rewrite" heavily to do the special rules I have setup and rewrite happens before redirect.

I have to repeat the fix for each of the special rules l I have. So, I just did the main ones that seem most likely to be used (e.g forum topic, user page, items page, and a few others).

[ I had made some other posts that I ended up deleting since they were mostly whining. I think this is a decent fix. ]
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
7-Dec-2018(#4)
yes Thanks!

Topic   Links to GameTZ from FB no longer work...