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Jasper Bryant-Greene jasper at album.co.nz
Tue Oct 25 14:04:16 PDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-10-25 at 13:57 -0700, Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:
> Hello,
> On 10/21/05, S. Mike Dierken <mike at dierken.com> wrote:
> >
> > > > Or is it just "hitting" -- making an hidden HTTP GET request of each
> > > > token in the "ping" attibute?
> > >
> > > Right. Hidden HTTP POST request, as it happens, but yes.
> > Oh, that really shouldn't be done via POST. Clicking a link should be safe
> > and sending a POST as a side-effect is not safe.
> Yeah, that's my thinking too.  Perhaps we could use a totally new HTTP
> method for this (instead of "GET", "POST", or any of the other
> existing ones out there).  Maybe "PING"

I'm not sure where this idea has come from that sending POSTs is
inherently unsafe (which, by the way, no-one has offered a good
explanation for yet).

There's nothing wrong with POST being used for this purpose IMHO, but
I'd be very interested to hear arguments to the contrary.

Jasper Bryant-Greene
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