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Recursive Cross-posting Spiral of Death…or Not

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Sigh. I meant to get back to flogging the undead, undying pony that is The Stupid Novel today, but I got sucked into a WordPress to Twitter cross-post issue on my website and ended up spending most of the day debugging it. There is much pointy irony here in that I was able to upgrade several other peoples’ websites with a plugin that crashed on mine over and over again.

But after much code scouring and swearing, I fixed it. I think.

And I am, once again, seriously thinking about switching domain host providers.  The problem was not helped one bit by the server going down twice during my upgrade/debug/hacking efforts. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Although, y’know, with LiveJournal now being able to cross-post to both Facebook and Twitter,  and the Twitter plugin I just hacked being able to cross-post tweets to WordPress, and WordPress cross-posting to LiveJournal, Twitter, and Facebook, there’s the chance of the universe imploding in a recursive cross-posting spiral of death.

Mwa ha ha haaa! Let the apocalypse begin!

Um, I may be a little loopy from staring at code all day…


Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On September 17th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC), mouseferatu commented:
from staring at code all day…

Right. That's the reason. Sure...

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On September 17th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Um, um. Don't listen to the fanged rodent! He works for the agents of darkness!

...oh, wait, so do I.

Uh, "tbhtttt!" I sez.

(Btw, have you had a chance to test your WordPress to Twitter cross-posting functionality after I futzed with it?)
On September 17th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC), mouseferatu replied:
Um, what? Test? I don't know about any test. I'm quite sure I never once heard about any such...

No. I completely forgot. :-} Sorry...
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On September 17th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Oh, fine. I slave and I slave, and all I ask for is a smidgen of verification, but nooo...
On September 18th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC), mouseferatu replied:
I can verify that you were slaving away at it... ;-)

Okay, good news is, I tested it. I just posted a new blog entry.

Bad news is, I wound up with a blanks screen, rather than the usual "Your entry has now been posted" message, and while it showed up on the blog, LJ, and FB, it's still not on Twitter. :-}
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On September 20th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
It didn't work and it didn't provide an error message? Gah!

*Rolling up sleeves* Okay, getting out the tweezers and blowtorch.

In my digging around with this issue on my own website, I learned some things about various host settings that may interfere with the plugin we're using. We have options, including trying another plugin. Will email you once I do some preliminary research.
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On September 17th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC), yukinooruoni commented:
hahaha! That totally sounds like when we'd make the mail servers spaz out when they were first coming out. Set the out-off-office on 2 accounts and to reply to every email, then send a mail from one to the other, and time how long it took for the server to either explode from sending back and forth, or the hard drive to fill up :P (this was when 100 meg hd's were HUUUUUUUUGE).

If the universe reboots, or comes back with a +++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR +++ REDO FROM START +++ i'm blaming you :P
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On September 20th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I will gladly accept full responsibility for any cross-posting related universal reboots. Hee!
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On September 18th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC), shaolingrrl commented:
You're so cute when you're geeky. :-)
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On September 20th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
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