easy addresses for the Features + Community groups

MI mix irving Public Seen by 32

at the moment, the address for this group is https://www.loomio.org/groups/212 ...
it would be better if people could type in

and likewise

do people this is is a good idea? If so, what should the page names be ?


Matthew Bartlett Mon 18 Mar 2013 1:48AM



Richard D. Bartlett Mon 18 Mar 2013 6:01AM



Jon Lemmon Mon 18 Mar 2013 10:04PM

meh, not so sure about this myself. don't ask me why (i don't know, it's mostly an emotional reaction).


Alanna Irving Mon 18 Mar 2013 10:30PM

@jonlemmon is it possible you're concerned these groups might change a lot over time and it will be limiting to have special URLs? That was my thought. Right now I think agility in terms of changing all these around as needed is more important than ease of access. In the future I expect they will settle more and then we can lock them in in nice URLs.


Robert Guthrie Tue 19 Mar 2013 12:48AM

I agree with using friendly urls in general but not specifically with this description of them.

We need to namespace names for future proofing, for example:




If someone changes the discussion title or group name the stub (ie: the url representation of the name) should either be unchanged or be versioned. If versioned the old name becomes a redirect to the new.


mix irving Tue 19 Mar 2013 1:31AM

yeah cool, was just throwing an initial stab out, think what you're proposing @robertguthrie sounds great.

my main feeling was some of these links should be human readable so when they're shared the person can have a reasonable idea of where they are going
they can guess the url and have it auto-completed by typing in the address bar


Jon Lemmon Tue 19 Mar 2013 2:01AM

Yeah, I think you're talking about slugs.

I always imagined it would be more like:


Loomio itself would just look for the group id at the end, so you could change the group name as much as you want and the link would still work.

This is how Trello works and I think it's a really good method.



Jon Lemmon Tue 19 Mar 2013 2:03AM

PS - Have a look at what happens to the url in Trello when you click on a card.


Robert Guthrie Wed 20 Mar 2013 12:32AM

Jon that looks much better. I like that design. Sorry.. I was recalling a slugging system described in a railscast once.