A couple of notes relative to reading and posting blogs.
Double posting – they fixed it
For several months, I have been plagued with double-posting issues. No, posts have not appeared twice. But, when I follow posts via my RSS reader (akregator), many posts have shown up there twice. This has mainly been a problem with wordpress.com hosted blogs. This has been going on for several months.
When I investigated, I could see what seemed to be happening. I’ll illustrate with an example:
Here are the two akregator entries for the post:
A militant atheist Why Evolution... whyevolution... 07/13/14 02:53 PM A militant atheist Why Evolution... whyevolution... 07/13/14 02:53 PM
Both lines look identical. However, when I look at the URL for those posts, they are different. Here are the two urls:
As you can see, one is a straight “http” link, while the other is to the secure (encrypted) version of the page.
I also checked this with “liferea” (my alternative RSS reader), and it was seeing the same duplication of posts.
It seems likely that this was a wordpress bug, sometimes giving out urls in “https” form and sometimes in “http” form.
The good news, is that they appear to have fixed it. That example that I listed is from a week ago. And I have not seen any duplication since then.
That (“Server Maintenance”) was the message that I saw today, when I posted to my other blog. The accompanying text said:
Your server is going through a few minutes of routine maintenance. Please don’t touch your browser for a few minutes.
What do I do?
If you were posting a comment or making a post on your blog then do not press BACK on your browser. Wait 5 minutes and press the refresh icon on your browser. Your comment or post will be sent as normal.
If you are browsing a blog here just wait a few moments and hit refresh. The page you were expecting will appear.
So I waited it out. While waiting, I visited my blog with a different browser. I could see that the new post was already there. So there was a slight worry that if I followed instructions, it would post a second time. To check, I went to my main browser and refreshed the page. Firefox told me that this would resend data. I allowed it to continue.
And everything was fine. There was no duplicate post.