Group URL

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At the moment the group url system goes like this:

I would like to have a system of shortened urls used i.e https://www.loomio.org/abcd where the abcd is the short name for the group. By short name I mean the group name, less any spaces in the name.

This https://www.loomio.org/abcd could be an alias to https://www.loomio.org/groups/1234

What do you think? What would the advantages and disadvantages be?


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 11 Jul 2013 4:53AM

Yes! We've talked about emulating Trello's approach to this. I.e. see this url: "trello.com/board/trello-development/4d5ea62fd76aa1136000000c"

The human-readable name is ignored by the server, so this goes to the same place: "trello.com/board/garbage-garbage/4d5ea62fd76aa1136000000c".

In our case that would be loomio.org/group/group-name/213890

Perhaps an improvement would be for "loomio.org/group/group-name" to go to a search page for "group name".


[deactivated account] Thu 11 Jul 2013 5:16AM

@richarddbartlett Can it be done using redirects? I'd prefer that than needing an extra step to get there through a search page.


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 11 Jul 2013 5:18AM

@neilmorris I missed a step in my reasoning.

I meant: assuming there is more than one group called "Cool Kids", loomio.org/group/cool-kids should go to a search page. If there's just one, it should go to the first group with that name.


[deactivated account] Thu 11 Jul 2013 5:24AM

Does this mean that you're anticipating several groups with the same name?

Could you get around this by requiring each group to have a unique short name? i.e. Coolkids and cool-kids


Chris Taklis Thu 11 Jul 2013 8:49AM

i think it would be useful.


Josef Davies-Coates Thu 11 Jul 2013 10:13AM

Yes, this has been discussed before, although just went through all the discussion in features and couldn't find the previous discussion...


Robert Guthrie Fri 12 Jul 2013 6:10AM

Yea I'm totally in support of doing this. Will do soon.


Robert Guthrie Fri 12 Jul 2013 6:11AM

Although we'd probably namespace group names to loomio.org/group/name or loomio.org/g/name


PauKokura Thu 21 Nov 2013 11:29AM

To have unique-short-names could allow a new feature: To link a group. (something like @person, #group) It's not really like a twitter hashtag but I think it can be quickly understood). This could be limited to subgroups in the same parent group or not.)

Some ideas/examples.

Link a group's #subgroup

(In the context) Thanks for joining the "moon trip airways" group. You can also participate in one of our subgroups: #mta-cheesetasting and #mta-carbonstudies

Link independent public #groups

(in a comment) @johnexample great idea. We had this discussion before in #moontripairways

Link #decissions (by id) rather than groups, or both.

On #moonbridge we all want flying bikes: #5432.

Further..... mention @group to call all members from a group with some kind of notification.

(Imagine you are member of the main group but not in the subgroup. Comment in the main group discussion) Hey, people in the @mta-cheesetasting consider a lactose-free option!