The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

It's apparently a valid URL, despite it being malformed in my opinion

I've had a few posts make it to the front page of Lobsters. Lobsters supports webmention, yet I never received a webmention for those two posts. I checked the logs and yes, they were received but I rejected them with a “bad request.” It took a bit of sleuthing, but I found the root cause—the URL of my post was, accoring to my code, invalid. Lobsters was sending in a URL of the form—notice the two slashes in front of the path. My code was having none of that.

I'm not sure why Lobsters was sending a URL of that form as previous webmentions worked fine, but when I checked previous submissions to Lobsters I saw some of the links had a double slash in the path portion. As it's considered valid by the What Working Group? “living standard,” I ended up having to accept what I consider a malformed URL.


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