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My ongoing war on spam

We’ve been getting a lot of spam lately. This is partly because Google needs to lock down their Gmail service from being used to generate email addresses automatically. It may also be because we are starting to show up in more search results. Whatever the reason, spam is no fun …

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spam

Should we block Google’s Gmail?

I’m not sure what is going on over at Google HQ but their Gmail services have become a significant enabler of spam. Around three-quarters of the spam I remove from Author Buzz comes with Gmail accounts. It has been quite some time since the last legit signup used a Gmail …

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Is IndieWeb coming to Author Buzz UK?

Yes, it might very well be. Once I am confident that this movement (and the technology I am using to join in) is stable, I will roll it out to Author Buzz UK. After all, Author Buzz was created as a social network for authors. So why not decentralise and …

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Progress

Big update finished

I just finished running a network-wide update. The update went smoothly. Everything looks fine as far as I can tell. However, if there are problems, please report them to the help and support group and I will look into them. Thanks.

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Progress

This update should make things slightly faster.

Today marks the day when we are sufficiently confident that the transfer from HTTP to HTTPS is complete. To mark this special occasion, we have begun to remove the plugin that was bridging the gap. So far, we have not seen any mixed source error messages. So hopefully we can …

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Features

Mobile content and faster sites

Announcing a way to make your Author Buzz site faster and a way to target mobile users with speically written content. Today we have added two exciting new features – one of which was written by Google. Faster content for better SEO Google make no secret of the fact that …

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Progress

May’s updates

This months updates include speed boosts, CSS fixes, and better cache use. Improved: ab-in.uk has more aggressive caching (and should be even faster) Fixed: A minor CSS error was making some buttons look broken. Tweaked: Cache system – let me know if anything breaks Updated: Many themes and plugins Removed: …

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Grumpy Dev Syndrome

So it turns out I was wrong

I have discovered that my ire at a certain plugin author was not wholly justified. It turns out that the three plugins I have began removing were retired because the “pro” all in one plugin is now free. That said, having removed those and other plugins that we were not …

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Progress

Now updating

I have just finished writing and testing a new approach to rendering the front page that should make it faster. The first (of three) updates is about to be uploaded. If anything goes squiffy, it will only be for a few minutes.

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Grumpy Dev Syndrome

Slowly removing the Inbound Now plugins

When we started Author Buzz the hope was to create a set of tools for authors to engage in quality marketing. As part of that, we carefully curated a set of plugins and themes that we would be happy to recommend. One such set of plugins offered a complete lead …

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