Andrew Wheeland's blog
We've applied a bit of a color change to the site. Hope you like it. It's closer to the color scheme of the new site design that is still on the way.
Testing something here. Here's an email address that we use with our podcasts that we normally wouldn't want to post online in the clear. We'd like to hide it so that the spam doesn't come pouring in. reCAPTCHA Mailhide is supposed to take care of this for us, now. The e-mail address is: podc...@wxxi.org. Notice the ... in the middle of the address, you can click that to reveal the address... That is, if you're human! See my other post: http://interactive.wxxi.org/blogpost/recaptcha-stop-spam-rea... to learn more about this.
As this site becomes more popular and easier to find on the internet, we have been targeted by more and more automated "spam posting" robots. They try to post comments anonymously and/or register as members so that they can do more spam posting.
To help prevent this, we have chosen to use a very cool system called "reCAPTCHA" to test for non-humans when either of the above two things occur. You've probably seen them before... The squiggled words that are easy enough for you and I to read, but are very difficult for a computer to decipher.
But what's so interesting about reCAPTCHA is that is has two great features.
We're testing the "news aggregator" feature of the site with our own WXXI News feeds. It's open for anyone to check out, just click the "News aggregator" link under Featured Content on the left-hand side of the page. It contains nearly all articles in our WXXI Public Newsroom in a single reverse-chronological list. Click any story for the full version.
Even though one of our bloggers might have some doubts... :-) some of us are leaning the other way.
WXXI's Interactive Services team is exploring a variety of social media and social networking tools including Facebook! If you're on Facebook, you can become a fan of WXXI here: WXXI Public Broadcasting on Facebook
With four new blogs on interactive.wxxi.org (besides this one), we're launching into some very interesting new territory. As we continue to get more interactive blogs launched, we'd like you to tell us your ideas, too!
What kinds of topics would you like to see discussed in more depth? Who would you most like to see writing and interacting here on the new/future WXXI website?
Use the comments on this post to tell us what you think. You can sign up for an account first if you'd like, but at this time, you don't need to.