For example if you set up a forum so that anything in the u directory is a shortcode, eg instead of:
I would use the URL http://www.myforum.com/u/lzf43q
I simple lookup of the short code would produce the url and the visitor be directed to the right location.
Using 6 characters made up of a-z & 0-9 gives over 2 billion combinations, plenty for even the biggest of sites.
While I think the above would be great, another possibly simpler trick would be to drop the seo cmpoenent out of the genrated url. The urls:
take the user to the same location. And what's worse the seo component of the url, which is based upon the thread title, is repeated in the form of the thread title.
This improvement is really aimed at breaking down the hindrances that forum owners experience in getting their forums advertised in other social media.