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Goodbye, Blink.

I used to do web development. In Cold Fusion, a lot of the time. Cold Fusion is a language with tags that usually start with CF, like “<cf_query>”.

We had a customer who kept asking for the text to be bright red, huge, and blinking. (Not for the entire site, but for special words and phrases like “SALE!” and “ALL ITEMS 75% OFF!” and “YOU CAN’T GET A CHEAPER PRICE ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE INTERNET GUARANTEED!”) He did it often enough that we joked about writing a custom tag, <cf_ugly>.

Pronounced “see fugly.”


Boss: Yeah, [Name] likes your changes, but he wants you to wrap the text about the promotion in a see fugly tag.
Dev: DAMMIT!!!! *goes to edit*

See fugly.  See fugly stop.  Stop, fugly, stop.

[Link:  Firefox May Drop Support for <blink> Tags, Finally.]

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Obituary spam

There is a special circle of hell for people who spam obituaries.

As it turns out, I have a modest talent for obituaries.  (Also job references, and for the same reason:  I’m good at finding unique good things about people and saying them.)  Unfortunately, I have now been called upon to exercise this talent for both parents.

Because I’m putting obituaries on the Internet, that means I’m also called upon to fight spam.  I could just turn off comments, but one of my mother’s friends discovered she was dead via google and if someone is in that position and wants to comment…

I can now endorse the following:

  • Bad Behavior.  There are plugins for WordPress, MediaWiki, Drupal, and more.
  • Akismet.  There are plugins for WordPress, MovableType, Drupal plugins that tie in to the service, and more.

Akismet runs your comments through their web service, comparing them to known spam.  Bad Behavior detects malformed spammy requests, and has an optional tie in to http:BL.  They both beat learning how to kill people with your brain.

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