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Industrial Strength SPAM Protection

Rick and I started receiving spam via the contact form a few weeks back, and then it showed up on a post in the comments.

To combat this I have installed a SPAM protection module.

As always, if you note any issues, please let us know.

Status report

Hi everyone.

Paul and I have been a bit off the radar lately, thanks to end of semester obligations (in his case) and a new job (in my case). But things have largely settled down now, so you can expect to see us around again.

We have some more ideas for the site which we hope to roll out over the coming months (including, with any luck, one or two of those poll results in the right-hand column), and maybe a surprise or two as well.

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Time on Oort-Cloud

If you are like me (and I know I am), you will want to know that we changed the system clock on Oort-Cloud to Eastern Time in the U.S.A. (only because that is where Rick and Paul -- the admins -- live).

You may notice the change on the timestamps on your posts.

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Groups and Feedback

UPDATE:

(The original post is below). As it turns out, the permissions issue that caused authenticated usrs to be unable to either post or read had nothing to do with the Groups module.

Looking through the logs, Rick and I discovered that sometime midday on Saturday, the problem began, and thanks to discussion among users (which confirmed the problem) and a few timely emails to Oort-Cloud, Rick and I were able to fix things.

Much thx to everyone who, one way or another, participated in the event and its resolution.

-p

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Using Versioning

Just a quick post to let people know that "versioning" is included on the bottom of your posts if you want to use it. (Alternately, you can use titles or tags).

All you have to do is click "Publishing Options" and then check "Create new revision" before you submit your post. Afterwards, you will be able to see all the versions of that particular post.

I will add this to our HowTo docs and post another announcement.

-Paul

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Using RSS Syndication to Track Items

I have added a new HowTo to the site:

RSS Syndication

With all the interesting things going on here on Oort-Cloud, it is useful to know how to track the things you want to pay attention to, so we have installed a number of useful RSS syndication feeds to help you do just that.

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RSS Syndication

With all the interesting things going on here on Oort-Cloud, it is useful to know how to track the things you want to pay attention to, so we have installed a number of useful RSS syndication feeds to help you do just that.

RSS for Items

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Books Worth a Look

Oort-Cloud community,

Thanks to Ron Jerome and his awesome Biblio module, as well as his speedy response time to ongoing development issues, we now have a new open section on Oort-Cloud:

Books Worth a Look

Books Worth a Look is a place to add your favorite books, and most importantly tag them and rate them, and then review them and discuss them on Oort-Cloud.

There is also a "New Books" menu on the right, so you can keep up with new additions.

Try it out, and be sure to report any errors, and give lots of feedback and suggestions for innovative ways to utilize the new archive.

Discussion: Dickens in Space

Is it just me, or is the serial approach to posting stories working really well? It’s a great way to keep a story in front of people’s eyes over several days, and posting what’s done is a strong encouragement to finish what’s not. It helps Oort Cloud by ensuring there’s something new to read every day. And it helps the author by calling close attention to each part of the story, which is the best way to find out if that part needs work.

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Tags and Titles

I have noticed some interesting trends (and the potential for more) emerging here on Oort-Cloud.org. Here is a brief rundown.

First, there is the use of various "fiction" tags, regarding which a "nonfiction" tag would be equally useful.

Second, I have seen someone post something that is a discussion item with a title that begins "Discussion: " and the tag "discussion". Similarly, one might post a review with a title of "Review: " and the tag "review", or "Fiction: " and "fiction".

This a useful idea for a number of reasons: