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Contact link does not work well when there is a "&" in the name of the geocacher

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Example for me: OusKonNé & Cétyla

Link generated when we click on the envelope:
http://www.geocaching.com/email/?u=OusKonNé & Cétyla

Result:
Geocaching profile of "OusKonNé" instead of profile of "OusKonNé & Cétyla"

asked Nov 14, 2014 in Bug reports by OusKonNé & Cétyla (340 points)
edited Nov 14, 2014 by OusKonNé & Cétyla
Did you set your profile to OusKonNe & Cetyla? When I go to your profile, only OusKonNe is listed.
Can you add some information to your question about where you are seeing this? I took a chance on Dashboard, but that seems to work as intended, and afterwards I realized that there is no envelope.
Good question Wild Dog Clan!

My official Premium Member profile is OusKonNé & Cétyla:
http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=f0d1b796-6a2b-423a-b072-a7e7a29b1651

But I also have regular membership as OusKonNé (to reserve this name to me):
http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=77e15ff1-fc7b-4348-9b44-724c057c91a6

As the "u" parameter of the link considers only the word before "&" of the username, then it links to "OusKonNé" instead of "OusKonNé & Cétyla".

As another example, on the geocaching website, I picked a random geocacher name with a space and a "&": Peter & Eva
http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=a04096f4-3a5e-4634-af1a-8d59b21277ca

Same problem, only the only the word before "&" of the username is considered and it links to another geocacher "peter" instead of "Peter & Eva".

Here, I believe that the safest solution is to use the "guid" link instead of the "u" link.
Sorry for the confusion ganja1447!

Go to this challenge checker:
http://project-gc.com/Challenges/GC4BVTP/2042

Then click on the envelope next to "Tagged by: OusKonNé & Cétyla".

As a result, you will have "Contacting: OusKonNé" instead of "Contacting: OusKonNé & Cétyla"

Thank you!
I don't see the issue here either, see my screenshot, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/29093267/Screenshot%20-%2011142014%20-%2003%3A15%3A24%20PM.png

As mentioned, if the name has recently been changed, it might take some time before Project-GC realizes. That's the only thing I can think about. But since it (if this was the case) is now changed for me, it should be for you as well.
Hello again ganja1447,

Click on the envelope and check the result in the geocaching . com website.

As result, you will have "Contacting: OusKonNé" instead of "Contacting: OusKonNé & Cétyla", even if your link is what we see in your png image.
Same problem here:
http://project-gc.com/Challenges/GC3VQYM/1962

Since there is a "&" in the username "CL&F", the result is not OK in the geocaching . com website.
Ok, now I see where the issue is, guess my eyes wasn't open enough. A fix has been applied and released to the live servers. We were just encoding the name wrong.
Looks that it is not a Project-GC "bug" but a generic Groundspeek URL problem when there is a "&" in the URL.

So I changed the title of the discussion from:
Email link not OK when there is a blank in the name of the geocacher
To:
Contact link does not work well when there is a "&" in the name of the geocacher

Sorry!
Well, it is not a Groundspeak issue really. But the & sign has to be encoded into %26. If you missed my reply, it is fixed on our live servers.

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Wow, the problem is already fixed on the Project-GC live servers.

Congratulations and thanks so much ganja1447!

Best regards!
answered Nov 14, 2014 by OusKonNé & Cétyla (340 points)
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