Boston Globe has a burp?

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    Boston Globe has a burp?

    Looks like everything is gone from June 1 through July 29 in News forums: at least Local, National and World.
     
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    Re: Boston Globe has a burp?

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    Looks like everything is gone from June 1 through July 29 in News forums: at least Local, National and World.
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    I'm pretty sure it is "the man" making sure all that fine analysis is removed.
     
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    Glitches

    There were several other database glitches in recent weeks, with messages disappearing, reappearing and shuffled. Some very old messages (up to three years) reappeared.

     
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    Re: Boston Globe has a burp?

    Black helicopters, or coffee spilled on a keyboard? You decide.
     
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    New kid on the block

    The usual thing is just a new kid on the block, who doesn't know the ropes and is "winging it."
     
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    Boston Globe has a burp?

    News forums had a burp shortly after 9 am this morning, removing all posts from June 1 through July 29. The site was unburped shortly after 6 pm, removing any messages entered after the burp and before the unburp.
     
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    Devil's playthings

    Perhaps it's really active hands becoming Devil's playthings. The latest Globe burp is to disable AP news feeds for national and Massachusetts local news, as of Thursday morning, August 2.

    The news burp was cured Friday afternoon, August 3. It could have been a staffing issue. Subhead news feeds continued to work: Local (Ct, Me, Mass, NH, RI, Vt and NE), National (US and Washington) and World (Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Middle East). Summaries may involve added, mostly manual steps.
     
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    Scrambled listings

    The forum machinery has at least two types and two levels of cache: for both headlines and posts and for summary page and news page. If a post is purged, whether by user or management, news page cache often gets confused and scrambles the listings, sometimes showing topics that started years ago.


     
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    Thanks, but there's more

    Thanks for forwarding the message from "BDCDottie" that we saw appeared in the "Talk to BDC" forum. That shows up only under the "MISC. MUSINGS" section at the end of the forum master list. We had never visited in this area, seeing it as just social chatter. [ Forums issues today, 7/30/2012 6:48 PM EDT, in Talk to BDC, at http://www.boston.com/community/forums.html?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3aMisc.+MusingsForum%3a10091Discussion%3a789833f9-6981-43cb-9334-25b4701a4669 ]

    Over the past several months, there have been several "burps" in the forums, of which the one on July 30 was hardly the most severe. At least several hundred topics in news forums have vanished. The largest single "burp" was when the obnoxious "Bopanopawitz" announced his "retirement" a few weeks ago. At that point all his prior messages disappeared along with many dozens of others, and the order of older topics became scrambled. Not only has that damage remained unrepaired, but that reader and many of his once-disappeared messages have now reappeared--with a new but equally obnoxious modus operandi.
     
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    News is missing in action

    On Monday morning, August 20, news subpages were dysfunctional: for Local (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New England), for National (U.S. and Washington), and for World (Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Middle East). The navigation bar on the Local News page was gone and except for Rhode Island the Local subpages either empty or mostly empty. The U.S. subpage was empty. Any content displayed was stale, nothing added since the weekend.

    By early afternoon the same day, the problems had been cured. The Local News navigation bar reappeared, and new content was appearing in subpages. You can get similar content at WTOP in Washington, DC. [ http://www.wtop.com ] However, the wtop site has become clotted with endless traffic from ad trackers. The Globe has much better performing news pages.
     
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    Theft of information

    Like other news sites these days, the Globe's site routinely collaborates in silent theft of information from your computer, if you don't take action to prevent that. Currently boston.com links to over 60 thieves that deposit tracking information onto and retrieve it from your computer. These thieves are also able to obtain identifying information. We prevent most of the theft by two measures. (1) After each visit to each Internet site, we wipe out all tracking and other temporary files. There are many programs to do that, including the commercial WindowWasher for Microsoft systems and the free cCleaner. (2) We block known tracking software from being interpreted by our browser. As of August 24, 2012, we found boston.com linking to over 60 domains other than its own that are all well documented thieves. We do not block boston,com, bing.com, google.com or yahoo.com--because they are genuinely useful sites. We block all the others we detect, including:

    2mdn.net
    abmr.net
    acxiom-online.com
    adadvisor.net
    admeld.com
    adnxs.com
    betrad.com
    bing.net
    bizographics.com
    bluekai.com
    brightcove.com
    brilig.com
    cafemom.com
    chartbeat.com
    chartbeat.net
    cinesport.com
    cloudfront.net
    collective-media.net
    crwdcntrl.net
    democraticunderground.com
    doubleclick.net
    doubleverify.com
    exelator.com
    facebook.com
    facebook.net
    fbcdn.net
    googleadservices.com
    google-analytics.com
    googlesyndication.com
    gravity.com
    imrworldwide.com
    internapcdn.net
    ixiaa.com
    legolas-media.com
    llnwd.net
    mookie1.com
    nexac.com
    o0bc.com
    outbrain.com
    pinterest.com
    poll.fm
    polldaddy.com
    p-td.com
    quantserve.com
    questionmarket.com
    rlcdn.com
    scorecardresearch.com
    serving-sys.com
    sharethis.com
    taboolasyndication.com
    tacoda.net
    tremormedia.com
    twimg.com
    twitter.com
    verticalacuity.com
    visiblemeasures.com
    visualrevenue.com
    w55c.net
    zedo.com
    zvents.com

     
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    Abandon the Globe or block the ads?

    We were about to abandon the Globe site. It had become unreadable, using WinXP and IE6. Because of their high productivity and our software compatibility needs, they remain our professional tools of choice. We maintain Win7 and IE8 for a few essential uses but find them distracting and far less productive. We also have legacy copies of Vista and IE7 for software testing.

    Comparing performance of the Globe site under different systems, we saw that the problems were associated with obnoxious ads--the ones that crowd the background, creep, animate, pop up, pop under or flash. Most of those ads are being launched directly from the Globe domain, so that domain blocking, while useful in getting rid of the Globe's 60 or more data thieves, will not stop obnoxious ads.

    Enter ad blocking. We have resisted that approach in the past, because news sites make money from displaying ads. If everyone were to block ads, news sites could make no money. Recently however, unlike the NY Times, the Globe has been sending out so many obnoxious ads that there is now no other practical solution.

    Adblock Pro does what we need. It is overkill--blocking all ads so far, not just obnoxious ones. Pages load much faster, and there are no annoying delays between loading and displaying. Data traffic on our Internet connections is much lighter, which really helps with wireless broadband. The tool appears to work well with WinXP, Vista, Win7, IE6, IE7 and IE8. [ Free 30-day trial, $20, at http://www.adblockpro.com/download.htm ]

    Adblock Pro in its default state is not enough to cope with heavily clotted sites such as Huntington Post (worst on the Internet), LA Times, Politico, WTOP, CNet, Wired or Washington Post--all of which we have abandoned. Yahoo News remains very slow, but Google News becomes crisper and Miami Herald now works. Perhaps a better tuned set of filters would allow Adblock Pro to handle some of the Internet dogs--all so far based in the U.S.

     
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    Re: Boston Globe has a burp?

    Or Mozilla Firefox, and choose its adblock function.
     
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    Re: Boston Globe has a burp?

    And AppDev, thank you for this thread, especially @12 above.  Well done.
     
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