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Posted: 23 July 2016 08:01 AM   [ Ignore ]
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We’re in the big leagues now.

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Posted: 23 July 2016 08:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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And in other news, we’ve recently passed the mark of 5,000 threads in the discussion forums.

The prize goes to Droogie for his RE: ‘’guys’’, Austalian Finincial Time, paywalls. and news.google.com.

(Actually, we’re a bit shy of the 5,000 mark, as the count includes threads I’ve deleted over the years. But since I’m not going to delve into the code and manually count the number of threads, I’m going to declare the count to be correct.)

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Posted: 24 July 2016 06:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I presume that includes threads at the old site, since the counter here is only up to 3872.  In any event, congratulations on both landmarks!

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Posted: 24 July 2016 09:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I was going off the URL, which numbers threads consecutively. The 3872 only counts the general discussion. But that still makes us about 1,000 threads short of 5,000. Don’t know what’s up with that. I certainly haven’t deleted a thousand threads over the years. (Probably fewer than a hundred.)

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Posted: 25 July 2016 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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If you’re old school and follow us via the site’s RSS or Atom feeds, the Twitter feed would be a duplication.

I’m antediluvian school, I just check out the board itself. Congratulations, Dave. Onward and upward!

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Posted: 25 July 2016 01:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I think aldi and I may have clung to the same log during the Deluge.

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Posted: 26 July 2016 02:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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There’s other ways of looking at the board?

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Posted: 26 July 2016 03:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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They’re going to have to pry my RSS reader from my cold, dead hands.

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Posted: 26 July 2016 05:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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RSS is one of the least known internet services. You can read lots of forums without actually having to navigate. I use the free version of Feedly.

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Posted: 26 July 2016 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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happydog - 26 July 2016 05:46 AM

RSS is one of the least known internet services. You can read lots of forums without actually having to navigate. I use the free version of Feedly.

Perhaps this is worthy of a sticky note somewhere. I used to use RSS, but have long ago forgotten how.

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Posted: 27 July 2016 05:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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You need an RSS Reader. I use NewsBlur. Feedly is another popular choice. (Google Reader was the king of the RSS readers, but then in a stunningly bad marketing decision, Google stopped supporting it. A bad decision because while the niche is small, those who use RSS are a particular demographic of tech-savvy individuals who influence others, and it highlighted the ephemeral nature of Google’s products; the company may yank them out from under you at any moment, leaving you in a lurch.)

An RSS feed is a record of new postings to a site, generated by that site. It has a distinct URL. You enter a site’s RSS feed URL into your reader (exactly how depends on the reader, but it’s usually obvious and easy), and from then on, new postings to each site you’ve subscribed to appears in the reader.

RSS readers are especially valuable for sites that aren’t updated daily--those you’re not accustomed to visiting every day.

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Posted: 27 July 2016 06:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I use InoReader (ever since Google Reader was snatched out of my protesting grasp).  As Dave says, it’s great for sites that aren’t updated regularly—I no longer have to try to remember to check some site every few months in case the proprietor has made another post.  I don’t use it for sites like Wordorigins or Language Log that I check every day.

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Posted: 27 July 2016 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Congratulations, Dave! No RSS feeds here, either, just a dip into Favourites.

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Posted: 04 August 2016 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Be strong and of good courage, Dave. Keep up the good work --- The ‘civilized’ world hath need of thee.

I think aldi and I may have clung to the same log during the Deluge.

Now I know who it was who kept kicking me and trying to pry my hands off that log

I get as much Twitter as I can stand from the morning chorus outside my bedroom window.

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