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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The user will have the ability to set preferences to what they see, which will then be stored in a cookie, with the immediate benefit being that users returning to the site will repeatedly see only the content they wish to see.

    Ay yeye yeye… careful. Please be extremely cautious with cookies as the site’s usefulness can easily suffer. It seems to me that it would be best to simply properly expose everything via URI. Users who are only interested in a particular report can just bookmark that. There is no need to create machinery for preferences and their recovery in the server, IMO. And the more URLs you have, the more linkable the site is, so the more useful it then is to the rest of the web.

    • Yes the preferences will be available via the URL too. I want the user to be able to customise their regular visits to the site via cookies, but they should also be able to view anything they want without altering those settings too.

      As you say it may help to link to specific preferences, that an author or user wishes to highlight, and generally make the site more interactive.

      The idea for customising your regular visits is to enable those users who only ever want to see a particular set of preferences (e.g