[wp-hackers] Google Web Accelerator

ifelse wordswithstyle at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 20:18:59 GMT 2005

> "change the returned content based on past user interactions..."
I think there's a misunderstanding of the spec. There's nothing wrong with
canging the returned content. That's a given. The key thing is that GET
requests are idempotent i.e. a single execution of the entire sequence
always yields a result that is not changed by a reexecution of all, or part,
of that sequence. Packaging a delete in a get request is clearly not

On 10/25/05, Denis de Bernardy <denis at semiologic.com> wrote:
> > specification, the GET method is defined as a Safe Method
> > which "SHOULD NOT have the significance of taking an action
> > other than retrieval."
> maybe the spec writers smoke pot? I mean... I can name no site that tracks
> visitors using the POST method. and many sites, such as amazon, change the
> returned content based on past user interactions... talk about a carnage
> if
> google preloads every possible GET request with fancy urls around. there
> would be no more machine learning except on evil google's servers, heh.
> > the question of whether we should actually comply with HTTP
> > 1.1 in this manner, and if os, how would we go about doing it?
> one way to comply without loosing the -- at times -- elegance of GET is to
> redirect using a GET request once the POST occurred successfully. This
> allows the user to click the back button as he normally would, at times
> where the bulkiness of a POST request gives the impression of being
> irrelevant (e.g. after switching themes). I recall WP does this already at
> some places, too.
> D.
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