If you get the daily digest email or read via an RSS reader or LiveJournal, you may have noticed the occasional spam link included in the post. It’s been driving me nuts because the spam links are sneaky little things — they aren’t in the code of the post itself, but instead are getting inserted only in the RSS feed. Therefore you don’t see the spam when you look at the main website, but it does show up in the email digest and on the LiveJournal feeds.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I am aware of the problem but it’s going to take some digging around to figure out what’s going on. The spammers have MUCH more experience at hacking code than I do at un-hacking it! Worst case scenario, at least this isn’t the kind of blog where preserving the archive of old posts is important; if I had to nuke the whole thing and start over I would only need to preserve information on upcoming events.
FYI, for you email subscribers, I am looking into alternatives to Feedburner. Google owns it but hasn’t really been maintaining or updating it, and I fear it will go the way of Google Reader. If I find an emailing service that I like better, I will try to import the existing email subscriber list so that you don’t have to do anything. So if one of these days the digest starts looking different, now you know why.
If you can see a spam link below, I didn’t put it there!
LiveJournal stopped updating the RSS feed from http://nescifievents.org/ for a while; the problem has been fixed, but LJ doesn’t seem to have picked up the posts you missed. You’ll need to visit the main website if you want to see everything.
Actually, it’s been slightly more than a year — the first post for this blog went up on September 16th, 2008. Thanks for reading!
I’m headed to Montreal for WorldCon starting tomorrow! I’ll be checking email, but I may not post to the blog for a few days. Bye!
The Feedburner service that I use to administer RSS feeds and the email subscription feature is merging with Google, and I have to move the account for New England Science Fiction and Fantasy Events to the new service. Google promises that all will go smoothly with this transition. (Yeah…) I figured I’d give everyone notice now before I throw the switch, just in case something happens. You can always come back to http://nescifievents.org/ to get the links again if needed.
If you’d like to subscribe to the RSS feed via LiveJournal, that option is now available. Add http://syndicated.livejournal.com/nescifievents to your friends list.
Hello to the few of you who actually know about this blog! I wanted to let you know that I’ve linked the blog’s feeds up to FeedBurner, which does two things: one, it lets me track how many people have subscribed to the blog via RSS, and two, it lets me offer a free email subscription service to people who prefer email to RSS.
If you sign up for the email service, you will receive one email a day with all of the day’s posts in it. If the blog doesn’t get updated, you will not receive an email. I will be able to see the email addresses of those who sign up for the email feed; I promise not to use them for spam or other nefarious purposes.
If you have already subscribed to the RSS feed, I am not sure if the switch to FeedBurner will affect you in any way. Please let me know if you encounter any problems, and if you do, my apologies, but better to get the software tinkering over with now before the readership expands (wouldn’t it be lovely to have lots of readers to piss off?).
Thanks to Kevin (the Ninja Podcaster) for all of his great technical suggestions! I encourage you all to listen to his podcasts.