[Mailman-Users] tokens for confirmations are too long

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Sat Dec 27 07:20:59 CET 2003


The (IMHO) excessively long tokens are causing considerable confusion 
on the lists I help run.

The problem is that any URL longer than 80 characters will be chopped 
by many mail clients- Eudora, for example.  Let's be realistic- just 
3 alphanumerics would allow for 46,656 unique IDs.  8 would allow for 
2.8x10^12.  Ie, a lot.

The current tokens are 40 characters long- that's 1.7x10^62 combinations.

So- consider this a combo bug report(URLs are so long they get munged 
because the token is half the word-wrap alone), and feature request. 
I think 4 characters would be plenty(1.6+ million combos).  Not to 
mention, it makes it much less of a deal to have a clickable URL in 
the first place if the token's only 4 characters.

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