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Enjoy better URLs, list of active posts

You might notice a few minor changes on Greater Greater Washington. Last night, we switched over to a new version of the code which includes a few visible improvements and a number of others under the hood.

Active posts: Sometimes posts are generating a lot of discussion but have moved farther down the main page. Unless they are featured in the boxes at the top of the home page, you might not know they were generating such activity. There is now a "Most Active Posts" section on the right sidebar that will show the posts that have the greatest recent comment activity.

Better URLs: The URL for an individual post now contains the title of the post. All old URLs will still work and redirect to the new URLs, so no incoming links should be broken as a result. Also, authors' URLs are substantially shorter; you can access any author's page by simply going to http://greatergreaterwashington/authorusername/.

Compressed links posts: When a links post is not at the top, it will now show 3 links followed by a "Read more..." to avoid taking up too much space.

There are also many more tiny changes. I hope to have caught all of the bugs, but some might remain. If you encounter any strange behavior or broken links, please let us know.

David Alpert is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He loves the area which is, in many ways, greater than those others, and wants to see it become even greater. 

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A couple of recent posts seem to have republished themselves in my Google Reader feed. Specifically all posts chronologically between "What's that? #34 The Answers" and "Bike-o-meter gives..." More recent posts have not been republished, so it's probably not a recurring problem.

by Rob on Oct 31, 2010 3:19 pm • linkreport

Rob,

Thanks for pointing that out. When I changed the URLs, I also had the URLs change for the "guid" which is a unique parameter identifying every post in RSS. Therefore, Google Reader thought those posts were all new.

The new URLs contain the post title, which could change, and would therefore cause some posts to get double posted. Therefore, I've modified the code to use the old URLs for the guids instead. The last couple posts will probably now get republished under the new, older guid, but going forward posts after today's shouldn't be double posted.

by David Alpert on Oct 31, 2010 5:55 pm • linkreport

You're exactly right! the last three got republished.

So does every post, including the new ones, then have two URL's now?

by Rog on Oct 31, 2010 7:42 pm • linkreport

The posts that double posted have 2 URLs, since they were listed on RSS feeds under 2 URLs, but posts going forward should just post once like normal.

by David Alpert on Oct 31, 2010 8:31 pm • linkreport

Not a big fan of item #3 (compressed links posts). I like to be able to get a quick read. I understand compressing longer posts, but the links posts generally have been 5-7 items and pretty short.

by ah on Nov 1, 2010 9:20 am • linkreport

I agree with ah on item #3.

by Paul on Nov 1, 2010 9:33 am • linkreport

That's not supposed to happen when it's at the top of the page. I've fixed that now.

by David Alpert on Nov 1, 2010 9:40 am • linkreport

The unsubscribe URLs don't seem to work anymore.

by Bossi on Nov 1, 2010 7:21 pm • linkreport

Bossi: The unsubscribe page should be fixed now. Please let me know if you're still getting any errors. Thanks for pointing it out.

by David Alpert on Nov 5, 2010 9:27 am • linkreport

Yep still getting some errors... just tested it out on a couple different threads. Here's the link that came with my email for this thread:

http://ggwash.org/unsubscribe/6961/a91rhogp

For Conn Ave (http://ggwash.org/post/7947/):
http://ggwash.org/unsubscribe/6992/esajvooj

For ANC2 coverage (http://ggwash.org/post/7798/):
http://ggwash.org/unsubscribe/6857/h4gtdjxw

by Bossi on Nov 9, 2010 12:06 am • linkreport

Thanks. I've now found that bug and tested it with some of the above subscriptions (and then re-subscribed you), and they seem to work.

by David Alpert on Nov 9, 2010 7:36 am • linkreport

Woo hoo- success! Thanks!

by Bossi on Nov 9, 2010 9:09 am • linkreport

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