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Emergent behaviors

2014-02-14 20:52:04.287875+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

That's kinda freaky...

Ages ago, I implemented some code to show referrer links on Flutterby entries. T.C. used this to make an infamous entry the #2 result on Google for "French Military Victories", and we all giggled, then the spammers hit it, and I took it out.

Then I implemented trackbacks, and the spammers hit it, and I took it out.

Then I said "well, I feel pretty good about the people who run the web sites listed in the OPML file of my RSS feed reader, why don't I just run through that list once a day, and link back to inbound links from there?"

So I did. It's over there on the right, below the comments (and on the individual link), and there's some design issues I'd like, but...

I have also tried various attempts to create more internal linkage on Flutterby. I built the wiki portion (which now largely sits unused), have tried to manually link to old entries.

Today I realized that, because I have my various RSS feeds in my RSS Syndicator, I have an internal link tracking system. That appears to be working.

It's kinda freaky when code sneaks up on me like that, when I suddenly realize that I've implemented functionality that I didn't know I had. But it's also kinda cool...

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-02-15 01:57:47.243443+00 by: TC

Hmmm being known as a merry prankster sits well with me. Emergent properties are the coolest of discoveries and one of the reasons I favor "iterative development" over "design build"