One Reason I Like Open Source

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I was doing my morning blog reading and I went to post on .eburke’s blog. I host eburke’s blog on the same installation of Movable Type that I use for my blog. Comment done.

So then I go over to my own blog to post a reply comment to someone and I received an error:

In an effort to curb malicious comment posting by abusive users, I’ve enabled a feature that requires a weblog commenter to wait a short amount of time before being able to post again. Please try to post your comment again in a short while. Thanks for your patience.

This is a new feature of a recent version of Movable Type called comment throttling. When someone tries to comment to many times to quickly, they get this error. Its basically a way to help slow down the spammers that hit my site constantly. Cool, but I am not a spammer!

After some digging through the source code, I figured it out. eburke’s blog runs in the Eastern timezone and mine in the Mountain timezone. So we are apart by 2 hours. After looking in the database I noticed that the time of the comment was 10 AM. I posted the comment at 8 AM MST. But it interpreted that as 10 AM since eburke’s blog is set to EST. Now when I try and comment to my own blog it thinks I should be banned because I already made a comment in the future. I won’t be able to make my next comment till its 10 AM MST + the throttling time.

I reported the bug to the Movable Type bug list. Hope they fix it.

So the moral of the story is that I figured out exactly what was wrong and I self-corrected it. Then I gave the information to the owners of the code and should they integrate it, another bug solved for the greater good…I guess.

  • Also, another issue which I didn’t mention in my post is regarding theoretical groundings of information science(s)/studies. Here as well, there are theories regarding separate research focuses (information retrieval, information seeking, information behaviors, etc…). However, these sound like theoretical frameworks for various sub-disciplines of information studies rather than Information Science (singular). What is that ‘thing’ that ties all the information sciences (plural) together, besides for the fact that they all claim to be dealing with the ‘thing’ called ‘information’ – which is not necessarily defined the same across the various concentrations and research areas within information science/studies.