An anonymous "pastebin"-like web application service… just without the "service" part. Or the "web application", and without permanent storage. Intended for reasonable length snippets, ones that typically would fit reasonably within a chat input box, but where fixed-width formatting must be preserved. Provides a "remaining character counter" and currently enforces a 4KB upper limit, is built of absolutely minimal HTML5, CSS, and ES6, delivered as a single file with no external assets or requests of any kind.
For those tiny code samples that happen to be multi-line or require indentation, such as is the case with Python, and for which permanent storage / tracking would be essentially a pointless waste of resources.
Why? Because I'm Batman. Because some languages demand sensible indentation — and that link totally fits in an IRC message, showing a typical "main application script" structure, in its entirety. Almost all languages just look better.
Some functionality beyond standard browser behaviours for a
<textarea> are included. These assume tab-based indentation. The One True Indentation™.
Insertion of literal tabs. This breaks tab-based accessible navigation of the page, but the page is essentially that one input.
Multi-line alteration of indentation level. When selecting text across multiple lines, pressing tab (or shift+tab) will increase (or decrease) the indentation level. Automatically expands selection to include the full lines from beginning to end.
Display of remaining character limit. As the "paste" is contained entirely within the URI, there are hard limits on the upper bound of the storage space available. Additionally, some communications mediums have limits on the length of single unwrapped strings.
If the meter is magenta, less than 160 bytes of space have been utilized, and the link is safe to SMS or iMessage.
If the meter is green, less than 256 bytes of space have been utilized, and the link is (most likely; depends on your "ident") safe for pasting into IRC.
If the meter is yellow, you have exceeded 75% of the limit.
If the meter is red, you have exceeded 90% of the limit.
Frequently Asked Questions / Comments
Is this actually an April Fool's joke?
Sadly, no. Too many users were entering IRC channels I moderate or participate heavily in, only to paste a link without the faintest whiff of romance first. Some would ask some form of question surrounding what they think they've shared, others would leave it at that. In both scenarios, often those users would eventually become upset when their answer receives no attention.
According to one CTO, "there exists no legitimate reason to permit access to these services in the face of the threat they represent to corporate IP and infrastructure".
Why don't you just Base64 encode and use that?
<tappi> could've at least base64 encoded it so you wouldn't be literally pasting the code just in query params kinda misses the point of paste services if you're still pasting the code
Because Base64-encoding actually makes the result larger. Instead of having three characters to encode one, occasionally, you have a minimum of two characters per encoded character, always, plus padding. For even short snippets, this can have a significant impact.
Additionally, unless you are truly a savant, Base64 entirely obscures the content… for no gain. Compare the following:
148 bytes, Base64
125 bytes, URL encoded
Bonus, it's still readable! The entire suggestion to use Base64 avoids the point of this "service" as a response to users writing their questions into paste services, pasting the link, then just hoping someone's curious enough to click it. The link is the question.
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