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The new Delicious. Oh dear.

Woo. The new Delicious is live and I'm thinking it's a functional failure. Going by @delicious mentions on twitter this morning, I'm not alone in thinking this.

RSS feeds are gone. I'm not sure what's wrong with the API, but portions of it appear to be broken.

It certainly breaks the bundle feature I was using to organize tags for the kink meme account. It has replaced bundles with tags named 'has:bundlename", which completely misunderstands the semantics of bundles. Every link now has "has:kink" has a tag, because every link had a "kink:foo" tag, and every "kink:foo" tag was in the "kink" bundle. Bundles were a way to group tags, that is, they were a trait of tags, not of links. That meaning has been entirely lost.

Now. Try browsing around on the kink meme account. Click on the "!prompt" and "!fill" tags. Notice that they don't work. Delicious fails to find any saved links with those tags, even though the tags are present in lists and you can see many, many links tagged that way. Why is this? It's because they're no longer escaping special characters in urls. See section 2.2 of RFC 3986 for the list. They are not escaping the bang. Also not escaping the colon, it seems, though that works. Inconsistent handling, I'm going to guess.

Holy crap they broke all tags with / in them even worse. Children, children, this is why we read RFCs and do things like use standard URI handling libraries, because the problems are boring and already solved.

This is merely a bug, albeit a staggering one. They'll fix it eventually. However, this particular bug reveals a certain base-level incompetence that disturbs me. Shoddy work. Insufficient testing. I think Pinboard is about to get some more of my business.

ETA: Bookmark import chugging on a shiny new Pinboard account.
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Delicious broke the syncing feature today when they half-broke their API, so you'll want to make a clean switch over to Pinboard from now on.

It is still astonishing me. Quibbling about information design is one thing, as is quibbling about their intended site direction. I expected some qualms over that. I did NOT expect plain incompetence in their reimplementation, along with newbie errors like screwing up url encoding. That's just unacceptable.
Yeah, somehow that doesn't surprise me in the least. I've re-saved the link that caused me such grief, and don't expect to go back to Delicious at all now. I was happy to see that since I first backed stuff up on Pinboard, they have been paying attention to what is going on, and added the bookmarklets, so I've got those in my toolbar instead.

Really astonishing incompetence all around there.