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No sooner do I post to my blog (only) about the lack of "14+ posts in a day" to the main feed from you know who when this joker shows up and does the exact same thing...

In case anyone still hasn't figured it out yet, allow me to explain my position as the Blog Nazi...

POSTING 14 TIMES A DAY TO THE MAIN PAGE IS RUDE!!!

Why? The GWB main page doesn't offer any *paging* functionality. Once it's gone, if you missed it, you're out of luck. Short of reading every single blog updated in the last n days, you just missed some potentially interesting or useful info. By flooding the main page with 14 posts in a single day, you deprive ME and EVERYONE ELSE the opportunity to read something potentially interesting and useful.

Don't misunderstand, I don't give a damn what you post in your blog. Hey, it's YOUR blog after all... go nuts! However, GWB is more than just your blog, or my blog, or any one person's blog... it's a COMMUNITY! When you post something to the main feed, everyone gets to see it. I say that as if seeing your blog posts were a privilege, but in reality it's not.

So by now, you might (unlikely, but I'm an optimist) be wondering how to fix it? It's really quite easy. Blog all you want. Go nuts! Seriously! BUT... before you click the POST button on your 5th or 9th or god forbid 14th post for the day, expand the *Advanced Options* section at the bottom of your screen and take a look. You will see a row of checkboxes. The last such box (#6 - Include in Aggregated Site) is vitally important to your continued existence on this planet. Uncheck it, then click POST.

Voila! Your post shows up in your blog (ONLY). Everyone who reads your blog gets to see it. If you want to post TO YOUR BLOG 500 times a day, who am I to say no? BUT... for the sake of all that is good and holy and right in this world, please exercise some restraint when including the rest of us.

Oh and have a great day. I notice it's your first day here, so I hope this brief education helps. Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 4:19 PM General Interest | Back to top



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Thank You Very Much!!!!!!!!!
Left by Jeff Julian on Nov 28, 2005 4:53 PM

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First off, I'm not defending either of them. Their "posts" filled my aggregator today as well.

I find it a bit hard to swallow a post that says someone is rude because they posted 14 times to the main site. Rude? Inconsiderate yes, but I’m not sure about rude.

Now calling someone out, by name nonetheless, on the main site and verbally bashing them for posting 14 times. That is, well... rude in my opinion.

Could the same post without the names have accomplished the goal of your post? I believe it could have, especially since most people reading your post also waded through the same 14 posts earlier in the day.

Sayings like “…the upper hand” and “taking the high road” will always send you home at the end of the day feeling much better about yourself than quick decisions and snap remarks. It took me over 10 years to realize that.
Left by Eric Hammersley on Nov 28, 2005 5:59 PM

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In retrospect, you're right that I could have done without naming names. It was probably unnecessary.

However, I don't draw a huge distinction between rude and inconsiderate. IMO, it's just a matter of degrees.

Regardless, I felt it needed to be said and it wasn't a quick decision or snap remark, but more like a personal annoyance.

With luck, now that he realizes it's an annoyance to myself and others, maybe it won't happen again.
Left by Chris Williams on Nov 28, 2005 7:50 PM

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Also, FWIW, I tried posting a comment directly to his blog first and apparently he had comments diasbled or something, because I was unable to leave him a comment directly. So I posted it in my blog instead.
Left by Chris Williams on Nov 28, 2005 7:58 PM

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Thanks for clearing this up - back when I started blogging here, I imported some (~100) posts. I had to discover the "Include in Aggregated Site" on my own, after I saw ten or so of my posts pop up on the main page. Which, as I discovered, does NOT care about publishing dates but simply takes the posts with the highest IDs. Luckily, I discovered the issue in good time - otherwise I would no longer exist on this planet... ;-)
Left by Jannik Anker on Nov 29, 2005 1:34 AM

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You think the post was a little harsh, you should have seen what Chris did to this guy at Tech Ed that took the last Ding Dong before he had a chance to snag it. We all laughed when they brought more out just as Chris finished disembowling him. Good times... ;)
Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Nov 29, 2005 11:30 AM

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You've covered the etiquette of blogging and posting so here's something for you: Please think carefully when you use words like Nazi. This is an ethnic slur that many people find particularly offensive not to mention it's a personal insult to your own ethics and character unless you have no problem equating yourself with the WWII Nazi movement and all that it stood for. Try using blog master or something of that sort. Thanks for listening.
Left by R. Gray on Nov 29, 2005 11:57 AM

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R Gray...

I wasn't going to respond to this initially, but then poor impulse control got the better of me again...

I think it's safe to say that nobody actually took my usage of the word nazi as an ethnic slur or as me equating myself with the WWII nazi movement.

It was sarcasm, of the "no soup for you" variety. "Blog Master" doesn't really convey the same impact.

Take care.
Left by Chris Williams on Nov 29, 2005 2:57 PM

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D'Arcy... keep your hands offa my ding dong.
Left by Chris Williams on Nov 29, 2005 2:58 PM

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Interestingly, we have a "cube nazi" here at work much like the "soup nazi" of Seinfield fame. One of our newest project managers took offense at the usage. Never have understood why people would give such power to words clearly not intended in the way they are taken. I don't believe you were in the wrong with your usage, boss. It's not an issue with your insensitivity, but rather with others over-sensitvity, thinks I. Just my two cents.
Left by Theo Moore on Nov 30, 2005 3:27 PM

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Is there a way to leverage the "#6" option if you post with a tool like BlogJet? I *used* to post many times a day, and perhaps I will once again. But since I post via BlogJet, this would be handy to note.
Left by Chris Haaker on Dec 02, 2005 12:34 PM

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I have no idea. Sorry.
Left by Chris Williams on Dec 02, 2005 12:36 PM

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Thing is, I didn't ever read your post until now, and I only discovered it thanks to being subscribed to the main RSS feed and seeing the post by Scott Kuhl.

I realize you might be annoyed at people doing this (and I actually agree with you now that I see the problem), but you shouldn't make it personal.

My reason is obviously I was just setting my blog up that day, I was simply moving posts from my old blog to this one, and I wasn't aware that every post would end up on the main page.

I'm by no means a spammer, each one of those posts are rigorously on-topic, and I'm careful about posting only information that is really useful for developers, which I think it's the main topic of the website and main feed, and the kind of content feed subscribers expect from it.

So the only real problem (unless the posts are off-topic) is one of personal real-state on the main page, so I apologize for occupying so much of it that day.

As others hinted this is mainly an education problem but I'd suggest it would be a lot less problematic if we needed to CHECK the option when we want to post to the main page. But then again the majority would forget and the main feed wouldn't carry so many posts per day. So I guess the ideal solution would be an option in Preferences, similar to the "Always create new items as Published" one, but being "Always include in Aggregated Site", which would be turned off by default and people could turn on as soon as they are experienced enough with the software. This would automatically avoid newcomers that move their posts from spamming the main feed.

Regards,
Juan Ignacio Gelos
Left by Juan Ignacio Gelos on Dec 02, 2005 12:55 PM

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