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Verification Email Trouble

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Nel
I have recently updated an on-line petition at www.fuelprotest.com

The confirmation email contained a verification link like
http://www.fuelprotest.com?cvote.php...c397392909edf2
(example link - this one won't work)

However some users had problems with the link working. The email was just
plain text using mail().

I have now changed it to MIME 1.0 and text/html. Would you please try
registering a vote on the site from any unusual browsers and/or mail
systems. I have tried it with Squirrel Mail and Outlook Express and all
seem ok, mind you all seemed ok before!

Does anyone know why some users would have a problem or what the best way is
to do this?

Nel
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> Does anyone know why some users would have a problem or what the best way
is
to do this?


What I would recommend is having the user forward the email they have
problems with as an attachment. Most email clients support this option. That
way, you can see exactly what they received at their end. It could be as
simple of a problem such as their email client hard wrapping the text to a
number of characters that is less than the URL is long. This would result in
a truncated URL and your link not working properly.

HTH,
Matt Wade
http://codewalkers.com/
Jul 17 '05 #2

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I noticed that Message-ID: <AK********************@wards.force9.net>
from Nel contained the following:
The confirmation email contained a verification link like
http://www.fuelprotest.com?cvote.php...c397392909edf2
(example link - this one won't work)
Have you tried making it a full link ie http:// etc? And isn't that uid
a bit over the top? If that's a random selection of letters and numbers
there are probably more combinations there than there are atoms in the
universe.
However some users had problems with the link working. The email was just
plain text using mail().

I have now changed it to MIME 1.0 and text/html.

Huh? Why?

Also the email field is too small. Supposing I mistyped my email
address? It would be nice to see it all. And I was slightly annoyed
that there was only one way to vote.

But I haven't received any mail yet anyway, unless my filters are
stopping it for some reason.

--
Geoff Berrow
It's only Usenet, no one dies.
My opinions, not the committee's, mine.
Simple RFDs http://www.ckdog.co.uk/rfdmaker/
Jul 17 '05 #3

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Nel

"Geoff Berrow" <bl@ckdog.co.uk.the.cat> wrote in message
news:m5********************************@4ax.com...
I noticed that Message-ID: <AK********************@wards.force9.net>
from Nel contained the following:
The confirmation email contained a verification link like
http://www.fuelprotest.com?cvote.php...c397392909edf2
(example link - this one won't work)
Have you tried making it a full link ie http:// etc? And isn't that uid
a bit over the top? If that's a random selection of letters and numbers
there are probably more combinations there than there are atoms in the
universe.

I must admit I haven't tried using the full http://. The long uid is just
a hash of some key data. Always security concious.
However some users had problems with the link working. The email was justplain text using mail().

I have now changed it to MIME 1.0 and text/html.

Huh? Why?

I read in a newsgroup that hotmail didn't get along too well with some links
in plain text. Whereas I can add a <a href> tag in html saying CLICK HERE.

Also the email field is too small. Supposing I mistyped my email
address? It would be nice to see it all. And I was slightly annoyed
that there was only one way to vote. Good point about the size of the field and really it should say "sign here"
really as it's not a vote as such, but that is historical.
But I haven't received any mail yet anyway, unless my filters are
stopping it for some reason. Have you had the email yet?

Nel

--
Geoff Berrow
It's only Usenet, no one dies.
My opinions, not the committee's, mine.
Simple RFDs http://www.ckdog.co.uk/rfdmaker/

Jul 17 '05 #4

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Nel

"Matt Wade" <ma**@codewalkers.com> wrote in message
news:UY***************@bignews4.bellsouth.net...
Does anyone know why some users would have a problem or what the best
way is
to do this?
What I would recommend is having the user forward the email they have
problems with as an attachment. Most email clients support this option.

That way, you can see exactly what they received at their end. It could be as
simple of a problem such as their email client hard wrapping the text to a
number of characters that is less than the URL is long. This would result in a truncated URL and your link not working properly.

HTH,
Matt Wade
http://codewalkers.com/

Hi Matt,

I did that. In each case the email looked ok. The link worked in the email
that they forwarded to me when I viewed it in OE.

Nel
Jul 17 '05 #5

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I noticed that Message-ID: <l9********************@wards.force9.net>
from Nel contained the following:

Have you tried making it a full link ie http:// etc? And isn't that uid
a bit over the top? If that's a random selection of letters and numbers
there are probably more combinations there than there are atoms in the
universe.I must admit I haven't tried using the full http://. The long uid is just
a hash of some key data. Always security concious.


Just thinking about line wraps.
>However some users had problems with the link working. The email wasjust >plain text using mail().
>
>I have now changed it to MIME 1.0 and text/html. Huh? Why?

I read in a newsgroup that hotmail didn't get along too well with some links
in plain text. Whereas I can add a <a href> tag in html saying CLICK HERE.

Ah yes, I've seen that in some mails. Well you'll need the full url in
that anyway. I'm just against sending mails in full html.

But I haven't received any mail yet anyway, unless my filters are
stopping it for some reason.

Have you had the email yet?


No, nothing.
--
Geoff Berrow
It's only Usenet, no one dies.
My opinions, not the committee's, mine.
Simple RFDs http://www.ckdog.co.uk/rfdmaker/
Jul 17 '05 #6

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Nel
The problem seems to have been solved by adding http:// to the begining of
the URL and also by having the link in two formats, HTML and plain text.
That way at least one of them works all the time.

Thanks to Matt and Geoff for all the help.

Nel
"Nel" <ne***@ne14.co.NOSPAMuk> wrote in message
news:AK********************@wards.force9.net...
I have recently updated an on-line petition at www.fuelprotest.com

The confirmation email contained a verification link like
http://www.fuelprotest.com?cvote.php...c397392909edf2
(example link - this one won't work)

However some users had problems with the link working. The email was just
plain text using mail().

I have now changed it to MIME 1.0 and text/html. Would you please try
registering a vote on the site from any unusual browsers and/or mail
systems. I have tried it with Squirrel Mail and Outlook Express and all
seem ok, mind you all seemed ok before!

Does anyone know why some users would have a problem or what the best way is to do this?

Nel
--
DISCLAIMER: There is an extremely small but nonzero chance that,
through a process known as "Tunneling", this e-mail may spontaneously
disappear from its present location and reappear at any random place in the Universe, including your neighbour's domicile. The sender will not be
responsible for any damages or inconvenience that may result.

Jul 17 '05 #7

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