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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 2y

Hi,

I checked the requested articles on the travelguide page.
How can I change the obvious flaw regarding the first one, which is considered a requested article, but is just a link to a track and trace system of South Africa's postal service and thus appears in 62 articles.

Also, checking another one a bit further down (Orleans): a requested article and supposed to have an empty link in 5 articles, amongst which are New Orleans, Louisiana and the New Orleans airport...in none of those can I find the empty link, which would mean a requested article right??

Somebody able to help out here?

Cheers
Mike.

PS: maybe the travelguide question section can be deleted alltogether, as nobody uses it (the forum itself is enough) and it's sensitive to occasional spam as well.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 2y

Quoting Utrecht

How can I change the obvious flaw regarding the first one, which is considered a requested article, but is just a link to a track and trace system of South Africa's postal service and thus appears in 62 articles.

The reason this link is showing up, is that on all those 61 pages, it's been entered without the protocol (without "http://"), and so they're treated as relative internal links, to non-existing pages. I just fixed the link for Ballito. 60 similar fixes to go. :)

Also, checking another one a bit further down (Orleans): a requested article and supposed to have an empty link in 5 articles, amongst which are New Orleans, Louisiana and the New Orleans airport...in none of those can I find the empty link, which would mean a requested article right??

Huh, weird.
When I go to the incoming links for Orleans, I get the following list: Issoudun, Limoges, Loire-Atlantique, Nantes, Vatan. I didn't check them all, but those I did check indeed have those links.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Aug-2014, at 01:41 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 2y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Utrecht

How can I change the obvious flaw regarding the first one, which is considered a requested article, but is just a link to a track and trace system of South Africa's postal service and thus appears in 62 articles.

The reason this link is showing up, is that on all those 61 pages, it's been entered without the protocol (without "http://"), and so they're treated as relative internal links, to non-existing pages. I just fixed the link for Ballito. 60 similar fixes to go. :)

Also, checking another one a bit further down (Orleans): a requested article and supposed to have an empty link in 5 articles, amongst which are New Orleans, Louisiana and the New Orleans airport...in none of those can I find the empty link, which would mean a requested article right??

Huh, weird.
When I go to the incoming links for Orleans, I get the following list: Issoudun, Limoges, Loire-Atlantique, Nantes, Vatan. I didn't check them all, but those I did check indeed have those links.

Thanks, work to do then..:)
Odd, I guessed I made the link to the postal track and trace system and just copied the url. Sometimes url's don't contain the "http://" part anymore, so must have copied it directly and expected it to be ok.

With the Orleans article: I see what I did wrong: I clicked on "Orleans" itself and got 5 other ones, when clicking the ''5" it works indeed.

Cheers, will check it out further and see if I can add some more article with requests.;)

Mike

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

Hey Mike, I think you're right about getting rid of the "Discuss" section. It's better to post any discussions in the forum. Been meaning to do this for a while actually.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

Fixed a few more of those articles too, but then I noticed that page being linked to seems to be all on its own.

The main domain http://sms.postoffice.co.za returns an "Under Construction" message and the page itself doesn't really have any information on it. Should it be linked to at all from these articles?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 2y

Huh, indeed. Weird. Phishing page? Hmm, no, been registered since 1997, and the www domain exists otherwise. http://www.postoffice.co.za/tools/trackandtrace.html might be a better page? Except that ends up pointing to http://globaltracktrace.ptc.post/gtt.web/ for "international" parcels.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 2y

I guess what I/we can do is just skip the link and mention the fact there is a track and trace system. Seems redundant anyway, as most postal services in countries nowadays have a system like that.

Cheers

BTW: just checked and the link seems ok right? I opened te url and got the page where you can enter number for track and trace on the south african post website..

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Aug-2014, at 08:36 by Utrecht ]

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 2y

Yeah, that page itself seems okay; but the rest of the website sms.postoffice.co.za is completely empty (no other pages on that domain), which is weird.

9. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2420 posts) 2y

You computer geeks amaze me. I'm in awe how you keep this working.

Cheers,
Terry

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 2y

Quoting Peter

Hey Mike, I think you're right about getting rid of the "Discuss" section. It's better to post any discussions in the forum. Been meaning to do this for a while actually.

Recently there is an explosion of spam over there, just got one with around 20 or so 'questions'. Better close it soon...:)