7 characters in base32 (35 bits) is enough to count the milliseconds in a year.
So I could theoretically make a timestamp that looks like:
That's pretty usable for autogenerated urls, don't you think?
(These fun facts brought to you by thinking about pleromas new flake id system and ideas seen on rustodon's issue tracker)
@InspectorCaracal yeah, but this is just the timestamp. Pleromas flake id's use 64bit timestamp + 48 bit worker id + 16 bit counter
I'm thinking add 5 characters with the rest of that, then you have 25 bits to share between workers ids and counter. I think that'll probably be enough for a small system (like a fediverse instance with <10k users.)
@zatnosk oh!! I like that
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