UPDATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2009:
Before I wrote the original post below, the Technorati indexing of this site went from up-to-date to backwards 6 days. It deleted what was already in their database.
While I was writing the original post, the Technorati indexing of this site went back to being up-to-date.
Today, I checked again. The indexing is now backwards again by 3 days.
What are they doing? Are they really running a business that is going to last much longer?
From a pure technological standpoint, I liked Technorati's concept the first time I saw it. There were aspects with which I took exception, of course. Regardless, they just have never seemed to be able to pull it together for very long. I don't know exactly on what they base their site scanning. It was rss feed but always more than that since it picked up all the outgoing links on the homepage. Whenever I had trouble with the rss feed, there was trouble with Technorati indexing. Those times were not Technorati's problem, per se. However, the feed has been functioning just fine (validating just fine) for a long time and loading fairly quickly too, so why the rash of problems?
This is what I get over at http://feedvalidator.org: "Congratulations! This is a valid RSS feed." That's as of the date of this post.
FEED Validator is a great service that I have used and appreciated. Sam Ruby, Mark Pilgrim, Joseph Walton, and Phil Ringnalda deserve credit for it. They put some work into it since it tells you the problems and highlights and cross links to them right on the page. Wow! is that not helpful?
Technorati has been changing over to a new system and claims to have been working through some 17 million sites. There were some days there when they acknowledged the hitches in the transitioning, but those few days don't explain the repeated problems with Technorati.
I do feel for them. Make no mistake. Complex computer technology can be extremely frustrating, as anyone who works at it can personally attest.
Now, I don't put this here to bash Technorati. I put this here to get the word out and perhaps have it sink in over there.
They need to stop overwriting their database with older content.
The following is what I posted to them on their http://support.technorati.com/support/troubleshooting page under "indexing and updating issues" and "Most recent posts not indexed AND "Last Updated" date IS NOT updating?":
Why has the indexing on my [they treat blogs this way even though this blog isn't "mine" alone] site gone backwards again? Yesterday, the index was up-to-date. Today, it's 7 days old. Overwrite only if newer. That's easy. I do it all the time. Anyway, I hope this helps you. By the way, your latest blog-status report shows "March 13, 2009." That's mighty stale for a company with a staff of some 3 dozen.
Now, if they can't do that, I can't see how they'll survive in the cutthroat capitalistic system, can you?
That was concerning http://technorati.com/blogs/www.realliberalchristianchurch.org. While I was writing this, they updated the index. How long will it last? That's the fastest turnaround I've ever seen with a trouble ticket. Perhaps my manual ping did the trick, but I shouldn't have to monitor Technorati to see if their indexing goes backwards and then manually ping them. Besides, manually pinging hasn't worked in the past. I've manually pinged them for some 40 days in a row before to no avail.
Well, may God bless them with But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 ASV)
Technology is only as good as the first motivation. If it comes out from unselfishness, it is good. If not (if it comes out from selfishness), it is evil at its core. It can be used against itself and is. Satan's house is divided. That's why it's always falling apart into death until the end.
There is no end to existence. There are only ends of ages and worlds. There is blackout. There's unconsciousness. However, the unconscious can be brought back by God at anytime. What state are they in when they are unconscious, nonexistence? They don't know it at the time, but they exist as God alone defines. It's divine semantics here. It's contextual with the whole being the context. You see?
The following should appear at the end of every post:
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Political Campaign Intervention
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Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
- Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
- Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
- Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office
Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)