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June 25th, 2007 | by LTD | No Comments

The last 100 visitors to the LTD website came from near and far, from cold places and warm places. If you have a website, please link to LTD News: www.languagetechdivision.org.

Feed Wrangler

June 23rd, 2007 | by LTD | No Comments

There is quite a distance between starting to use RSS feeds (April 26 post) and being overwhelmed by too many RSS subscriptions, but I happened to stumble upon an interesting interview with Robert Scoble of Scobleizer, who explains how he deals with his 600 subscriptions and why Google reader, in his opinion, is preferable to other reading tools.

Trackback Disabled

June 7th, 2007 | by LTD | No Comments

In the course of those spikes in spam mentioned earlier, our trackback script seems to have caused the server to crash – twice. Until we find out if this has to do with WP per se or with the way the server is set up, trackback is going to stay disabled.

Newsletter Issue 2

June 2nd, 2007 | by LTD | 1 Comment

Issue 2 of the division newsletter is available online. Go to Newsletter Archive on the left and click on Issue 2. A big Thank You to:

  • Editor Lisa Carter and her contributors Andrew Bertallot, Tuomas Kostiainen, Deborah Lockhart, Michael Metzger, Corinne McKay, Tony Roder, Dierk Seeburg, Emily Tell, and Lee Wright
  • Barbara Guggemos, Michael Metzger, and Jill R. Sommer for proofreading
  • Jon Lee and Lisa Carter for the new layout

Comment Spam

June 2nd, 2007 | by LTD | No Comments

Yesterday morning and this morning, LTD News was the target of so-called comment spammers. According to Wikipedia, comment spam is

a form of spamdexing. It is done by automatically posting random comments or promoting commercial services to blogs, wikis, guestbooks, or other publicly accessible online discussion boards. Any web application that accepts and displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors may be a target.

However, thanks to Dr. Dave, our comments are free from messages for on-line poker or body-part enlarging drugs. His anti-spam plug-in Spam Karma 2 (SK2), which we have set to “Kinda Mean,” takes care of 99.9% of comment spam. And it is learning – not only from us, but from all other Spam Karma users.

The spam harvest on Friday morning was just under 200 within a short hour, and this morning 297 within 90 minutes.