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Re: Does the NY Times Paywall Misuse HTTP GET?

From: Eric J. Bowman <eric@bisonsystems.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:10:54 -0700
To: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20111213211054.6f42a30b.eric@bisonsystems.net>
Your blog post reads, "GET is inappropriate for any request that,
directly or as a side effect, updates the state of a server."

This comes up often on rest-discuss.  Hit counters (and even logging)
are GET updating server state, nothing wrong with that.  The user-
agent can't be held accountable for any changes made via safe methods.
When a user is requesting a change, the user-agent should be instructed
to use an unsafe method, not GET.  NYT's implementation is silly, but
it's valid HTTP.

-Eric
Received on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 04:11:59 GMT

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