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Thread: URLs gone wild, or, what are all those extraneous characters added on?

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    Default URLs gone wild, or, what are all those extraneous characters added on?

    Here's one example of my question. I was saving the URL of a used book I just bought on Abebooks. When I was saving it, this is what showed:



    ^ had to take a screen shot as when I post it the forum truncates the true URL

    What I've found, is a large percentage of junk is added on / tacked on at the end (tracking? cookie information? [ shrugs ] ), and that you can cut it all down to the true URL and the link still works - e.g.

    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Boo...bi=30049577153

    ^ it ends right after what looks to me to be the item number: 30049577153. This works for a lot of sale ad URLs.

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    Default Re: URLs gone wild, or, what are all those extraneous characters added on?

    Yes, some of that is "tracking" (referer) info, I believe.
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