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    Meta & little bits


    2010 - 09.07

    A few bits and pieces I’ve found when poking around in the WordPress dashboard. I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front recently, for the simple reason that there hasn’t been much I felt like sharing. Ergo, I haven’t really been keeping a close eye on the blog backend overmuch. Now that I’m more inclined to post again, I’ve been checking up on stuff.

    Spam
    Isn’t blog spam a weird beast? I don’t often look through the spam folder as I find Akismet does a good enough job for me, but it is sometimes interesting. Why, for example, would I think a commenter called “Forex Robot” was anything but spam? Then there’s the angry spam.

    “Why have you deleted my post? It was very beneficial information and i promise atleast one person found it helpful unlike the rest of the comments on this site. I’ll post it again.”

    followed by the usual get a bigger wallet/girlfriend/penis stuff. And of course, the hundreds of random-letter spams, like the one below. These particularly mystify me. None of the links go anywhere. What’s the point?!

    spammity

    Search traffic
    I don’t get a lot — not a big surprise, I don’t post much in the way of valuable information, just personal wow-witter. Ever since posting a “faceroll” picture link in an post, I’ve had lots of hits for “faceroll”, “ret faceroll”, “paladin faceroll” and the like. Yeah yeah, whatever. Personally I think it’s a concerted campaign by hunters. Aaanyway, I happened to glance across at the stats module yesterday and discovered a search engine visit via “mage faceroll”.

    Mage faceroll? Really? I mean, I know the arcane “rotation” is two buttons excluding cooldowns (unless you have to move) but they’re in a sequence. Mashing your face on the keyboard just isn’t going to work!

    As for “wow shadow faceroll”? I give up.

    Teeny ninja loots again
    On Saturday evening after random real-world stuff messed up my plans, I joined a late-ish ICC group on Cent. At Saurfang (yes, I know I said I wouldn’t do that again). The ad in trade interested me: they were looking for ranged DPS who was “patient”. I asked what that meant, and also how far they hoped to go. The reply was effectively “someone who won’t have a hissy fit if there are inexperienced people in the group or if we wipe”. That seemed reasonable, and it was the last night I’d have a chance to raid on her this lockout so I went ahead. Short version: after an “interesting” first attempt on Saurfang with no CC at all, we were able to down Saurfang and Fester before Rotface and the clock put an end to the group. Most of the people in the group didn’t appear to have done the fights before, so I was actually quite impressed. And Cent swiped a new necklace.

    Back to the king
    Last night after a shaky-looking start (i.e. we had 9 for VoA and Onyxia) we ventured to ICC and comfortably cleared the emo wing. We then put Sindy down on our first attempt (a first), albeit with a casualty or three. We then had a couple of promising warm up fights with the LK before calling it for the evening.

    Distressingly, personal obligations and the dreaded spectre of work look likely to prevent us from fielding the same group for the next … er … while. I swear, if we could have just three raid nights in a row where the group composition was the same, we’d kick his whinging backside straight off that platform.