Merry Christmas, Happy First Day of Winter, and oh, yeah, the fcc

Merry Christmas, everyone! May God bless each and every one of you!

Today also happens to be the first day of winter, which is Yule for some of the pagan and wiccan traditions. For the rest of us, it means we’re finally going to start seeing more sunlight!


The FCC published some internet content regulations. For most of us, it isn’t fire and brimstone sort of regulations. They key point though, is that they are grabbing the authority for saying what is right and what is not.

Congress has refused several times to grant the FCC regulatory rights over the internet, so now it looks like they are going to just simply take it.

Sort of makes a fellow wonder how long it will be before your internet provider sells you “packages” of website that you can visit. Oh, sorry, that one isn’t in your package anymore, would you like to upgrade?

Thanks,
Chris

Updates

Fixed a couple of bugs in the code this morning. If you’ve got a bug that isn’t fixed, drop me a note, and make sure I am aware of it.

In other news, no one has succesfully guessed the year I graduated yet, though I’ve had a number of interesting guesses. Apparently no one believes I’m 18.
Thanks,
Chris

High School Reunion

So I went to my first ever high school reunion on Saturday, November 27. It was an interesting event, more or less, which I wouldn’t have attended has not my wife and I graduated together, and she insisted that we go. Frankly I found it disturbing to discover not how many names I’d forgotten, but even once reminded of the name, I didn’t always remember having gone to school with the individual. I seemed to remember more of the people who also attended my grade school as well as my high school. To me, that doesn’t say good things about whether or not I really am reliving my childhood or not.

Free $10 worth of credit for Pennswoods.net Classifieds if you can tell me what year I graduated from high school. $100 if you can tell me the year and the mascot of the high school. Hint: This was not a 5 year reunion.

In completely unrelated news, today is also the Romanian equivalent of Independence Day, more or less. In 1918 the National Assembly of Romanians of Transylvania and Hungary convened in Alba Iulia (which is in Transylvania) and decreed “the unification of those Romanians and of all the territories inhabited by them with Romania.” They have a unification museum right there in Alba Iulia, celebrating Great Union Day.

So, every time you meet a romanian today, wish them “La multi ani” (Happy Birthday). I imagine that it sounds better in Romanian than “Happy 1st!”.

Thanks,
Chris

Reporting Ads

Several changes have been made to how reports on ads are handled. In one direction, in order for an ad to be removed, the website not only needs to see that multiple people are reporting it, but that they agree on WHY it should be reported. In general this will make it more difficult for ads to be removed.

On the other hand, if an account DOES have ads removed, and if it is having the ads removed for a consistent reason, then even ads that have not been flagged will be pulled from the site. Thus while it is harder for anyone ad to be removed, it is now possible that removal of several ads will cause the removal of a number of related ads.

The report ad button is in the lower right of the ads. Paid ads are exempt from reporting.

In order to make things as simple as possible, I’ve removed the ‘spammer’ option from the report ad button. This makes it less likely that I’ll get a mix of “not relevant to category” and “ad is spam on 4+ categories” reports, and thus more likely that the ad will actually be pulled. Since a spam ads are going to get pulled from the site after a couple of them are pulled, I think this ends up working out in the end.

I’ve also combined the “rude / offensive” report label with “inappropriate / not family friendly” option. The same concept is at play there, since they were similar concepts, I didn’t want to avoid pulling an offensive ad because the reports against it were split between two different labels.

As side note, there is also an option for reporting an ad as “marked as sold”. Reporting the ad in this way DOES NOT HARM the poster of the ad. It provides feedback that the ad is completed and can be removed, but does not count against the person posting the ad in any way.

Thanks,
Chris

Paid Ads

Again I extend my apologies to those of you inconvenienced by the classifieds rejecting paid ads earlier this morning. The problem seems corrected now.

What had happened is yesterday we had a scammer manage to post a bulldog ad as a paid ad, using a stolen credit card no doubt. I had gone into the subroutine to fix the bug that allowed them to get their ad through. In the process I managed to introduce another bug that started rejecting legitimate ads.
Thanks,
Chris

Paid Ads

Many paid ads are being rejected right now. I believe it is because of a bug I introduced into our code base yesterday. I expect to have the problem fixed before lunch time today, and will post an update here when I have done so. My apologies to those of you inconvenienced by this problem.
Thanks,
Chris

Image Uploads

Today we made an upgrade to the image upload portion of the website. Most people won’t notice, however certain types of jpegs and bitmaps will now upload correctly.

In completely unrelated news, Kid Rock’s new CD, “Born Free” was released today. I haven’t heard a single track from it, so I don’t have a review of it. I just know that it exists.
Thanks,
Chris