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HTTP cookie[edit]

This article has now reached a stable state. While it may be a little technical for most parts, I think it reasonably covers the topic. The subject is probably interesting for most Internet users. I plan to submit it for featured state if the comments I get here are positive. - Liberatore(T) 16:50, 14 January 2006 (UTC)

Pretty good article, I'd say. A few comments:
  • The lead should be expanded to give a reasonable overview of the material. Two or maybe three paragraphs should be sufficient; however, for a technical topic like this, finding a lead picture would probably be too much trouble to be worthwhile.
  • "Browser settings" discusses persistent vs. non-persistent cookies, a distinction which isn't defined until the following section, "Permanence and limits". Since the latter section discusses "Netscape's original specification", it might work better to move that material earlier.
  • In the sub-section on the US government's cookie policy, the phrase "they stopped as soon as it was notified it was violating policy" seems to suffer from some pronoun confusion.
  • The sub-sections on the European Union and Sweden look a little too brief, to my eyes anyway. I suggest elaborating them to a couple paragraphs apiece or (maybe a better choice) merging the sections on the different countries. If the first three words of the paragraph tell what country it's about, we don't need the heading in bold, do we? (-;
  • The list in "Alternatives to cookies" should be converted into prose paragraphs. I think the individual items can be elaborated as well: what are the key differences between cookies and query strings? What motivated people to start the Brownie Project, and is there any particular reason why it is no longer in active development?
  • I'd like to see a bit more about the history of cookies. Was a particular company responsible for popularizing them? (Just reading what the article says now, I'd guess Netscape.) Are there particular names associated with the concept, and at what point in the Internet's expansion did cookies become widely used?
All in all, though, it's a nice popularization. Keep up the good work. Be seeing you. Anville 21:32, 14 January 2006 (UTC)
Thank you for your comments. I think they are all valuable, and I have started implementing them. I plan to implement all of them but for the history of cookies, which could be interesting but I am not sure I can find references (some references found). - Liberatore(T) 14:03, 16 January 2006 (UTC)