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SixApart Censors LiveJournals by removing them

Posted by todd at 2:19 AM on May 31, 2007

I caught wind that the folks at SixApart removed over 500 LiveJournals in an attempt to reduce the amount of adult oriented material on the network. I am personally pretty shocked that they actually went in an removed the journals.

In my opinion this now puts SixApart at great risk. I hope they consulted with their attorney on this, because now they are going to have to police all of the journals on a regular basis. If they do not anyone can hold them liable anytime questionable material is found, as through this mass removal action it is obvious that they are actively monitoring sites.  which could prove to be a real mess for them when they miss one, and someone is offended and sues.

SixApart says it removed the sites to protect children, it will be curious to see what the fall out on this will be. ZDNet

Blogger Code of Conduct

Posted by todd at 1:35 PM on April 10, 2007

I understand their are a lot of emotions out their considering the mean and hurtful things some people directed at some women Bloggers. But in all honesty at this point in the game I am pretty thick skinned. I survived the days of flaming on Bulletin Board Systems, that makes some of the stuff that has been written on the net lately seem pretty tame. I don’t excuse the behaviour or writings but I also understand it comes with the territory.

Those that grew up on dial up and Bulletin Boards had to learn quick to be think skin or just get off line.

I understand people’s sensitivities over the issue, and while I have always maintained a professional and personal code of conduct I do not feel inclined at this time to endorse something that was written, or as some say adopted as a result of an emotional event.

I am going to copy from Michael Arrington blog and say the following.

“I’m not going to always try to talk privately with someone before i write, and I’m also not going to allow a mob to decide what types of words constitute “unacceptable content.” And I’m certainly not putting a badge on my site that says whether I comply or not.”

If people want to jump on and say I agree with the Blogger Code of Conduct that is their business, but I know who I am, and how I treat people, and the idea of having to validate in writing that I do this is insulting. O’Reilly Radar

Congrats to Dave Winer

Posted by todd at 3:45 AM on April 2, 2007

I did not get the congratulations out their yesterday but I wanted to congratulate Dave on 10 years of Blogging and I want to thank him for his leadership in Blogging, RSS and Podcasting.

I have no doubt in my mind that we would not be as far down the road as we are today without his innovation and leadership. While I don’t always agree with everything Dave says his commentary day to day is thought provoking and his blog is one of about 25 that I read every day.

Congrats Dave on ten years of Blogging and for what you have contributed to the community. Scripting.com

SixApart finally taking heat on MovableType

Posted by todd at 3:27 PM on February 24, 2007

When I re-launched this site I did so with the intent of giving MovableType six more months to get their act together. To be honest with you I probably should have ditched the application some time ago.

It has been obvious for a couple of years that SixApart simply does not care about those of us using the application. After all why work on something that probably does not pay them very much. The wordpress folks have simply destroyed their market share and they have a community of real developers, the thing wordpress is doing right is listening to their users. This is something that SixApart has blown it on.

Today this blog runs on a high end dedicated server and yet at times the CPU peaks out because of the 50,000 plus comment spams attempts each day. When they announced FastCGI support with the latest update my server admin who knows Fedora like the back of his hand was unable to get it running, after about 8 hours of work I told him to forget it.

If he had problems I can only imagine that very few sites have been able to actually put FastCGI into operation.

Anil Dash at SixApart claims they are taking feedback from the community. The first question I have is where the hell is this supposed community? I am in the MT community message boards and I am subscribed to their blog but I don’t see them reaching out. For him to say they are reaching out to the community is BS.

The only way they ever respond to the community is when we bitch publicly and then they come out and do some damage control. I am pretty sick of it and the clock is ticking before I take my web developers advice and move away from this platform completely.

Add my name to the ranks of Bloggers who are beyond frustrated with MovableType and SixAparts lack of movement forward. Corante

MovableType gets performance boost

Posted by geeknews at 4:42 PM on January 18, 2007

The folks over at SixApart have been looking at the performance of MovableType and have some recomendations for those of you that upgrade to the latest version 3.34. Those that have their own servers or that are on hosting accounts can install FastCGI to get as much as a 15x increase in performance in their existing installations.

I will be adding the FastCGI support here, and we will see how much it helps when the site is under a comment spam attack. [www.sixapart.com]

MovableType Tags Feature has no External Editor Support!

Posted by todd at 5:15 PM on January 3, 2007

If you look at the bottom of this post you will see at section on the entry that says Tags: yet there are no entries in the Tags section. You may scratch your head and ask why. Well it is quite simple I am writing this post with an external editor and although the application has the ability to add its own tags listing it does not support MovableTypes “Tag” feature.

If I were posting this entry via the web based interface I would simply enter this articles tag entries in the form and when I would save the posting the tag data would be written to a database entry that would collect and organize all tags.

I am beyond shocked that no plugin has been written to support this new feature with any of the external editors like BlogJet, Ecto or Qumana. What is really concerning is that the feature has been out for a long time and yet no external editing support for the feature.

So here is the deal I would be willing to pay a bounty of $100.00 for a programmer that will write a plugin that will do the following. When entries are submitted from a external editor the plugin would detect a set of Tags placed in the main body of a post

Example: <tags>MovableType, Blog, Feature, Plugin</tags>

Once the plugin saw this marker it would extract and strip the Tags from the posting and place the entries in the MovableType Tags section. This would allow those of us using external editors to continue to utilize the feature. First person to put together a working plugin gets a $100.00 from me.

Podpress Plugin for WordPress causing Havoc with iTunes

Posted by geeknews at 10:53 PM on November 28, 2006

When I set my mom’s blog up at CherieCast.com I used the standard WordPress install for a few days without any plugins. I was able to get her RSS feed setup and once her first podcast was published I submitted the listing to iTunes. The listing came up on iTunes within 24 hours, and we were smooth sailing.

About a week later I found out about a plugin that podcasters have been talking about called PodPress, it looked like a pretty good podcasting plugin. I installed it and customized the existing RSS feed so that she would garner all the benefits of the iTunes tags.

But little did I know that this plugin adds a element to the RSS feed that should only ever be used when a RSS feed is being relocated to a new location. Mind you this is a new blog that I had setup a couple of weeks earlier that had already been listed in iTunes. To my suprise after the PodPress plugin install my mom’s iTunes listing quit updating.
I inspected the feed and figured out what had happened and was about as mad as one can get at a developer. Apparently the plugin was programmed by someone who did not take the time to read the Applie tag specs.

It turns out that this plugin for malformed reason added the itunes:new-feed-url element to the RSS feed. Which is only supposed to be used when a podcaster wants to change the URL location of feed.

So when Apple polled my moms site they recorded what was in that element and updated their directory to point at a RSS feed that was not meant to be polled. Luckily after some investigation the Apple folks were able to fix my moms feed location.

Turns out this plugin is causing a lot of havoc for podcasters some find out weeks later that their iTunes listing is no longer updating. Today I was queried by a podcaster looking for help who was having similar iTunes directory updating troubles, and it turns out this plugin caused his listing to be misdirected as well. Apple seems to have identified this plugin as causing a lot of tech support request lets hope the author fixes this.

For all of you using Podpress check your iTunes listing to make sure it is updating this is critical for those of you that have just started using the plugin, also examine your RSS feed and if you see the new-url element you need to start asking the author why it is being utilized and is not a selectable option. Most of the people that have been having the problem including me are not sure how it happened only that it did.

I can only assume though that this plugin is now causing the url link of a feed to be updated at Apple everytime Apple polls the site which is a waste of their resources as well.

State of the Blogsphere update is online!

Posted by geeknews at 12:38 PM on November 6, 2006

Some very interesting trends in the Blog space, as David Sifry releases his now famous report on the State of the Blogsphere. What I find really disturbing is the ongoing creation of Splogs by 100’s of thousands that are cluttering up the Web. With all of the free blogging services, it is almost impossible to stop the activity. Let’s just hop folks like Technorati and others can keep up with the proliferation. [Technorati]

Windows Releases Blogger Application

Posted by geeknews at 8:44 AM on August 14, 2006

Quietly released yesterday.

Microsoft Issues Blogging Application Beta

Rainbowfly

Six Apart Introduces TypePad Mobile Client for Blogging

Posted by geeknews at 8:11 PM on August 9, 2006

That’s right, when you are sitting in traffic, you can blog, when you are sitting in the doctors office, you can blog. Add pictures, take it anywhere. I realize that other blogging services already have mobile blogging where you can text your messages and or pictures to your blogs, but I think this will be the first of many that builds the application right into your PDA.

[Six Apart Introduce TypePad Mobile Client for Blogging]

-Rainbowfly