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April 9, 2021

Cleaning the Augean database
Posted by Avram Grumer at 07:53 PM * 26 comments

Well, that took a couple of hours, but I think I got all of the spam from the past few weeks.

If anyone posted a long stream-of-consciousness-style Joyce parody about Tumblr, dating sites, and hormone supplements, it probably got deleted too.

Comments on Cleaning the Augean database:
#1 ::: Lila ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2021, 08:54 PM:

Whew, thanks! Pour yourself a cold one of whatever you like to drink!

#2 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2021, 10:10 PM:

Thank you, Avram. It feels much cleaner here now! Still, it did send me back to some pretty wonderful threads.

#3 ::: Jeremy Leader ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 12:45 AM:

Hooray! Much thanks, Avram.

#4 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 01:49 AM:

Wonderful! Excellent, thank you for your efforts.

...but I can't help noticing that there's no discussion of the long-term issue. The community around these parts isn't what it once was, but does still exist. It has needs, and those needs aren't being met.

I don't know if you caught up with the open thread, Avram; I suspect not. Over there I volunteered to take on the position of spam whacker. That offer still stands.

#5 ::: Elaine ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 08:52 AM:

I loved seeing this pop up in my feed reader this morning.

#6 ::: stefan jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 11:07 AM:

Thank you, Avram!

#7 ::: John A Arkansawyer ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 11:57 AM:

A thankless task! And yet we all thank you.

#8 ::: TomB ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 02:39 PM:

Thank you, Avram, for doing this herculean task. The original story was diverting. This was just a lot of work. But much appreciated.

#9 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 03:05 PM:

Thanks, Avram!
So much of it was from like four sites. (I reported the ones with Twitter and Youtube URLs to Twitter and Youtube.)

#10 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2021, 11:55 PM:

Thank you Avram!

David Goldfarb @ 4 ... Please stop pushing so hard to get keys. I can't speak for other folks, but you're certainly making me uncomfortable and wary.

#11 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2021, 03:38 PM:

Avram: thank you! A large and tedious task - and much appreciated.

#12 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2021, 06:22 PM:

xeger: Like I said in the open thread, I don't care that much about who has them, so long as it's somebody who's here. I am sorry for causing you discomfort: I debated with myself about whether to speak up about it on this thread, and decided that it was unlikely that anyone concerned had read the discussion in the open thread.

Not that it seems to be mattering, since they aren't reading this thread either.

#13 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2021, 05:17 AM:

David Goldfarb @12: I can see how some people might misinterpret your offers, but I for one appreciated your willingness to step up if you could be given the tools to do so.

#14 ::: Xopher Halftongue ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2021, 11:10 AM:

Thanks, Avram!

David, I did appreciate your offer to help. I was trying to let you know how the tone was coming across, but I wound up missing my aimed-for tone myself. Apologies.

#15 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2021, 05:38 PM:

No apology needed, Xopher. This all involves power (if power in a very small pond indeed) and power always touches social status; of course it's fraught.

#16 ::: Xopher Halftongue ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2021, 01:02 PM:

Thanks, David.

#17 ::: SunflowerP ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2021, 02:36 AM:

Thank you very much indeed, Avram!

#18 ::: Christian Severin ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2021, 07:24 AM:

"a long stream-of-consciousness-style Joyce parody about Tumblr, dating sites, and hormone supplements"

Did anyone else think of Mike Ford just there?

#19 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2021, 08:50 AM:

Thanks, Avram! But shouldn't there be more than two posts visible?

#20 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2021, 11:30 AM:

A guess: the front page displays only posts from the last year, and that's why there are just two.

#21 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2021, 12:38 PM:

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Yes - and I also think that when I'm reading people riffing on files, scrolls, and pixels over at File770.

#22 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2021, 10:33 PM:

David Goldfarb @ 12 ...
xeger: Like I said in the open thread, I don't care that much about who has them, so long as it's somebody who's here. I am sorry for causing you discomfort:

Thank you. It was just ... one thing too many, if that makes any sense?

#23 ::: John M. Burt ::: (view all by) ::: May 02, 2021, 08:52 PM:

I'm reminded of when my three Ethiopian-born children* were first learning English, and I pondered the question of what "English fluency" really means. One thought I had was, "You aren't truly fluent in English unless you know what the Sword in the Stone was, and what the Virgin Birth of Christ was."
[I didn't insist that you know that the Sword in the Stone wasn't Excalibur, or that Mary, not Jesus, was the Immaculate Conception - I was looking for fluency here, not mastery.]
I also thought "You need to know when a task is Sisyphean, and when it is merely Augean."

Winnowing the spam out of open threads is, of course, both.

*Right now, I'm sitting across from the hospital bed where one of them is recovering from a hit-and-run incident. That's the bad news. The good news is, now we know for certain he's alive - he'd been out of touch with the family for almost three years, because he is a sub-functional schizophrenic when not medicated. He still isn't quite sufficiently recovered for me to be willing to tell him that his mother has died.

#24 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: May 02, 2021, 09:06 PM:

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Wishing the best for your kid, because it's hard. (I still haven't met my nephew from Ethiopia.)

#25 ::: Cassy B. ::: (view all by) ::: May 02, 2021, 11:21 PM:

@23, best wishes. I have an old friend who is sub-functional schizophrenic who often stops taking his meds because (he says) the meds interfere with his chess game (he can't quite understand that full-blown episodes interfere with his ability to play chess even more). Every so often he just wanders off and we find out he's been living on the streets for months.

It's hard. My genuine sympathies.

#26 ::: Jacque ::: (view all by) ::: May 04, 2021, 08:28 PM:

John M. Burt @23: "You need to know when a task is Sisyphean, and when it is merely Augean."

Thank you for the sincere belly-laugh!

Also: good heavens! Wishing you the best!

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