Dear Jimmy: fuck off.
I swear, I have spent so much time figuring out what to put in my ad blocker to make his face stop smirking out at me from every Wikipedia page that I'd rather bill him for my time than make a donation. (They are being "clever" with background images, making it hard to track down the URLs, and they change the pathnames all the time.)
Apparently if you say the word "WordPress" your post gets copied and re-posted by a zillion different spam blogs. It's like calling Candyman. WordPress WordPress WordPress. My hovercraft is full of WordPress. Hello, spammers. Please know that I am never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
I have largely bent WordPress to my will. I couldn't get the built-in LiveJournal importer to do anything other than sit there for an hour and then say "XML-RPC Request Failed", so I hacked my ljgrabber script
to download my entire LJ plus comments and emit a "WordPress Extended RSS" file, which I was
able to import.
Check it out: woo.
I haven't enabled commenting there yet because I'm still tweaking things, but poke around and let me know if you see anything broken. Suggestions on how to make it look better or be more usable are welcome.
I guess I'm gonna have to convert all my "previously" links to point here instead of to LJ by diddling the database directly, sigh...
I understand that using WordPress and/or its plugins means living in a world where you have to upgrade everything constantly. WP has plugin installation and upgrading built in, but -- WTF? -- it wants me to give it an FTP password to do so? (FTP still exists??) But this makes no sense at all: the WP install running on host X wants to download a file and then install it on host X by running FTP from host X, to host X? What am I missing? In what way is that not completely insane?
So to install things I end up having to download and unzip them manually, and that's annoying. Why can't WP do this for me?
What comment-related plugins should I install to make it so that people can log in with Facebook and OpenID and stuff? I don't think I want to allow people to comment unless their email address has been validated by somebody, to avoid the usual drive-by shitcockery. (I've installed Akismet, but that's just a spam catcher.)
Should I look for a plugin for crossposting to Facebook and Twitter (and LJ, eventually), or just write my own?
There seem to be 30 different plugins to do any given thing (e.g., FB "Like" buttons). What's a good strategy for figuring out which ones are not gaping security holes?
Likewise, what plugins do you find useful?
I think it's time to give up on Livejournal and host my blog on my own server. I imagine I'll still feed RSS into this account, but the ads that LJ's Russian Masters are apparently subjecting my readers to before they can post comments hurt me deep inside.
Anyway, WordPress seems to be what the kids are using today, so I've installed that and I'm playing around with it.
- Does "livejournal-importer-0.3" actually work? It would appear not to. So what's the second-easiest way? Convert my LJ to an RSS feed and stuff that in? Or hack it out in the SQL database directly?
What is the WordPress theme that most closely resembles the theme of this here LJ? I was going to just add some CSS to the default "twentyten" theme, but it sets colors in no less than 83 places, which is just ridiculous. (When I edit "style.css" am I editing a generated file? Or did someone actually produce that monstrosity by hand?)
What is the done thing for commenting and spam avoidance? Should I just install whatever-plugin and force people to have Facebook accounts to comment? What are the sensible choices here?
Any WP-related security gotchas I should know about?
Soldiers armed with deadly nail clippers:
A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:
TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.
Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.
TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.
TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.
Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.
TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.
Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?
TSA Guy: [awkward silence]
This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns – but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.
Schneier has a comprehensive round-up of recent absurdities.