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Dave Weiss
Chicago, Illinois USA
Interests: TypePad, Movable Type, E-Commerce, Chicago Cubs, Poker, Texas Hold 'Em, Las Vegas
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There's a ton of little add-on applications that make Twitter kind of cool. I was with you at first - "how inane and narcissistic!". But I've seen the light. If you sell physical goods online, how about Track This, the service that uses Twitter to tell you where your package is and when you'll get it? http://www.usetrackthis.com/ Now how cool is that?
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I'll take a look at it. Some time in the next few days, I should have time to get the writeup finished.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2009 on Online Shopping Cart Software at Dave Weiss
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I saw this. My issue is different. If the post hasn't been published, that file name should be updated at publish time. In Movable Type, you have a little padlock icon next to that box that you can lock and unlock to change the file name for the URL. That's at least an option if you screw up and don't update it when you change the title of your post.
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That's good. Hopefully, they will follow through for you. Perhaps having the "Scratch Pad" will sort of help out as a public reminder. In general, I think the new platform is a very big step forward, as is the new editor. So all things considered, the TypePad product is greatly improved overall. I go back with TypePad to 2004 (or was it early 2005? I've lost track), so I can tell you with certainty that the product has come a very, very long way, and the steady improvements have not stopped since day 1.
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Somewhere out on the internets, I've mentioned this before, but I'll put here in the TypePad Wish List Repository to keep it all in one place. The TypePad Knowledge Base Updates are useless without documentation of what has changed. Seriously, what benefit could this possibly have for me or anyone else, for that matter? It seems like it's an RSS feed for the sake of having one. What should I do with the information provided? Go back and do a forensic analysis of what the KB said before the update so that I could understand the update? Why not have an RSS feed per KB article that is a change log, so that I can see the changes to an item of interest over time?
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It's a start. Not sure how they would implement a per-author personal dictionary. That would see to be quite a task to me. Add a tab to your author profile page and list all your personal dictionary words there? Then, have the spell checker reference that list?
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I'm wondering if this is some sort of issue with "arg", which is often used in C language programming (and other languages) as a variable that holds command line arguments.
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This is a really good thought, particularly as we discuss TypePad Connect. What I want is this: For TypePad users (or more specifically, ME), I want the comments displayed on my blog through some sort of server-side, page pre-processing. As it stands now, comments are displayed through client side javascript. Now, I'm not one of those people who go crazy about search engine optimization and Google, but it would be nice if I could get some "credit" for the comments my content generates. Search engines don't see the comments with the javascript method of displaying them.
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I'd like the ability to edit my comments with no timeframe limitations. What if, some day, I want to go work for Barack Obama?
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Yes, that'd be nice. Personally, I just code up a Module with my list of items, and move stuff around as I see fit. Or, if it's something that needs to work on multiple blogs within my account, I just make it a "Notes" TypeList and maintain it manually.
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Glad to help.
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TypePad is just fine for SEO. There are a ton of people out there who get into this silly "WordPress vs TypePad" or "X platform vs TypePad" snit. I've always had good luck with my TypePad blogs as far as gettting traffic from search engines in concerned. I think the latest TypePad improvement - long URLs - helps a lot, and they took one of my hacks, "META keywords per post" and put it into the core product. I don't know how much the META keywords help as far as SEO goes, but people generally seem to think it's helpful. I've also read about WordPress plugins that do things like Google Sitemaps and "robots.txt autodiscovery". To me, it's minor. It takes 2 minutes to create the needed templates for this in TypePad, and they're the simplest hacks I've ever divised. Anyone can do them. So when you hear or read about "X platform" is better for SEO, I think it's just nonsense, and someone with some sort of agenda. If I ever really saw something in WordPress or any other blogging platform that I thought was head-and-shoulders above TypePad for SEO, I'd definitely report it here. I'm not shy about putting my TypePad wish list<http://www.daveweiss.net/2008/12/the-typepad-scratch-pad-a-features-wish-list.html>online for everyone, including the people at Six Apart, to read. What would really rock for SEO, is the ability to do 301 redirects in TypePad. I've already talked to the people at Six Apart about this. I don't know if or when they would be able to get this feature into the product, but it sure would be helpful.
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The IT people of the world who cannot communicate (we've had this sort of discussion before) effectively do cause more problems than they fix sometimes. However, I think my real beef is with departmental managers and even more so, upper management, who should know better. I was literally told once by a very senior executive of a company I consulted for, "we don't need MBA type thinking" when discussing the concept of integrating a new lead generating web site with a CRM solution. It's a free country, and people can throw away their money if they want to, I suppose. But why pay me for my opinions and expertise, then ignore what I have to say and insult me? Instead of taking the weak kneed, "customer service" approach, I walked away from the work. I have countless examples where management doesn't do what's right - they do what's easy and least disruptive to the status quo.
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I don't think the code says they shouldn't be crawled. It says the old, archived posts never change. Per URL, there are two settings (besides the URL and last modified date) to a Google Sitemap - how frequently the specific page is updated, and how important the page is on a scale of zero to one. "Never" means the archive will never change. This is pretty much true, unless you back date a post or modify an old post. I don't know if this is the best setting for the archives or not. If someone out there with specific knowledge about Google Sitemaps has an opinion on this, I'd love to hear it.
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This is really just an annoying little thing, but it would be nice to have it rectified. If you start a post, give it a title, then save it as a draft, the post's URL is derived from that post title and saved with the post, even though it isn't an actual URL yet. The URL becomes live only after it is published. But what happens if you change the post's title between the time you save the first draft version and the version that you will be publishing? You get the URL that references the old title. Example: I started writing a post with a title "10 Things I Like About TypePad Connect". When you're writing a blog, you kind of have to crank through the content - it isn't like I have all day to think about the 10 things, write the post, and make it a piece of art. You write and publish on-the-fly. For the sake of time, I shortened the post to ""5 Things I Like About TypePad Connect", but I got stuck with the "10 Things" URL. I know I can change the URL of post (a nice, new feature), but once the post is out there live, you really can't do that without... THE TYPEPAD 301 REDIRECT FEATURE. The other solution, besides the 301, is to have the post or page's URL determined at publish time, rather than on the first save of a draft. That would seem to be an easier fix from a programmer's point of view - just move the "Create URL" method from one event to another.
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This goes along with the above. If you're a Pro or Business level account holder, it would be nice if you could opt out of your profile having the TypePad advertising images and links back to TypePad. Ideally, if you wanted to promote TypePad, you should be able to pop some sort of affiliate marketing ID into your profile, and earn a couple of bucks for all your blogging.
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Just a thought, here. If you're a Pro or Business level TypePad account holder, I think you should be able to use TypePad Connect without the "Powered by TypePad" bug/advertisement at the bottom of your comments. If you use Blogger, Tumblr, or any other blogging platform, and want to use the Connect comment system, that's another story entirely.
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OK. Here's a good one. I want to be able to have varying templates per post. Post A uses Individual-Archives-A. Post B users Individual-Archives-B. A simple drop down list box on the compose window could let you select which template to use for each post. Why is this a good thing? I have one post on this blog where I hacked up an implementation of Lightbox. For that post, I needed to put some javascript in the HEAD section of the page. I can't do that for just the one post - I have to do that in head-common or something similar. The javascript ends up in every page and post. It's not the end of the world, as the scripts don't interfere with anything on the other 60 posts that don't need them. But if I don't need them on the other posts, it would be nice not to have them there. It would help slim down the page sizes. Extra, unused code is generally not a good thing.
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Glad you're on Twitter, Mike, and thanks for the follow. I reciprocated. Twitter is as useful or inane as you want it to be. Ignore the junk and stick to what/who interests you. Most of my Tweets are about blogging, TypePad, Movable Type, or some form of eCommerce. But every now and then, some personal Tweet sneaks in, as some of my blogging relationships blur into more personal ones. BTW, you'll get a bunch of Followers who you don't know, who don't know you, and have never read your blog or anything you've ever written. It's like they have a 'bot or feed out there, and every new user automatically gets Followed. Weird. Just ignore them or block them if they have nothing pertinent to add. I can't tell you that I've gotten a ton of traffic to my blog or have developed any real following of Followers (I'm up to 30 now), but I just keep doing it, thinking that somebody will see something they like at some point, and visit and maybe pass along one of my posts to a friend or whatever. Good luck!
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Here you, go Mike... The TypePad Scratch Pad. Use this link to document your "TypePad Wish List". I've already started a thread in the comments for my #1 wish. I've also put a link to the TypePad Scratch Pad in the header menu of the blog, so there is always an easy link to the post.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2008 on TypePad's New Platform: I Have Issues at Dave Weiss
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I've written about this before on this blog and maybe one or two others, plus my Twitter timeline. I wan the ability to create 301 redirects in TypePad. Currently, if you try to upload an .htaccess file to your account, TypePad will squak at you and keep you from uploading a hidden system file. Here's an example of where it would come in handy: I have a drop down menu bar in the header of my blog. One drop down dynamically pulls in my blog categories into it. Well, the menu is getting kind of big, so I want to recategorize some posts and consolidate some categories. But if I do that, I will probably break some inbound links (wishful thinking that someone might actually link to my blog!). Since I can't redirect, I just let the problem fester. If I could 301 redirect from the old URL to the new, I'd be on it like white on rice.
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Well, I know some of the Six Apart people monitor this site, so perhaps they'll see your comment and address it. I do think there is a system for submitting bugs and issues for Six Apart, I just don't know exactly where to go to submit your issue. That's something I'll have to look into. All in all, the new platform is a great improvement, and I'm liking not having to publish changes to my templates. Everything seems to be published dynamically, which is a feature available in Movable Type, but was not available in TypePad until the upgrade. I think I'll start an ongoing thread of "What Features Do You Want to See in TypePad"? People can post issues like the one you raised, I can list my "wish list", etc.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2008 on TypePad's New Platform: I Have Issues at Dave Weiss
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The more stuff you make, the more I have to test. It's a catch 22, but I like hacking this stuff and testing it out. Blogger is totally hosed on its comment system, and it's going on 2 weeks since the issues were first reported. 2 weeks!! I live by RSS feeds. I can't imagine what I'd do if all the comments feeds I subscribe to went belly up for 2 weeks.
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Here's the link that talks about the Blogger comment system issues.
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One thing to mention is that implementation on the Blogger platform does not work with all Blogger templates. I hacked at a Blogger template for over an hour this morning, with no luck. I finally had to revert back to the original template. Too bad, because Blogger is having big issues with their comment system at the moment.
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