As I’ve mentioned before, TNL.net recently experienced a major crash. As a result, I had to rethink a lot of things and took the time of looking into what tools I was using. Well, it’s been about 5 years since I started writing my own blog software and I decided that this little piece of code should now be junked. I’ve just replaced it with a new back-end that is powered by WordPress. The process was not easy as I had to move data from my own proprietary database to the wordpress one, a process that is still on-going (notice the limited amount of comments on recent posts, well, there’s your reason) That said, I think most everything should look about the same and I will write a future entry about the migration.
In yesterday’s entry, I took Yahoo! to task for the fact that there was a Yahoo! copyright notice against the RSS feeds for blogs generated via 360. In a comment on the site, Mike La Rotonda, Sr. Product Manager for Yahoo! 360, said that it was a bug not a feature. Glad to hear that it was only a bug and not something that one should be that concerned about… and congrats to Yahoo! for being so quick to get a reply to this posted! It’s always very impressive to see such quick response.
Phil Ringnalda has an interesting post about comments, moderation and spam. As someone who developed my own blog software (part of the interest in running a blog, as far as I’m concerned is in testing out my development chops), I thought long and hard about how to approach comments and avoid spam. My solution was more restrictive than most but works for me. Gated Community The reason I decided to first ask people to register before being able to comment was based on the observation of several online communities. Metafilter, Slashdot and Kuro5hin all opted for solutions that required registration first. Granted, requiring that people register requires some extra work and slows down the amount of people commenting but it’s based on the concept that most people that read a particular site are returning visitors. A look at my server logs shows that this may largely be the case: Generally, I get traffic from roughly the same ratio of sites to visitor. There must be a golden mean in here somewhere as to how this works. From there, I took one extra step, which is to require that people verify their email. TNL.net users are all verified based on an…
Today, I post-dated an entry. My reason for doing so was that in that case, the date of the event was more important to me that actually being accurate as to when I entered the data (On May 25th, 2003, at 4pm, Amy and I tied the knot) It is now two days later and the first time I get a chance to update the site. I wonder how many other people out there in blog land have gone through changing entries dates for events that were important to them but couldn’t be captured at the time. I suspect it’s a small infraction in the blogger code of conduct (is there such a thing?) to do so but can’t help but wonder… Either way, I’m now back and will now return to posting what I think is interesting stuff about technology!