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Recent Glitches at OpEdNews

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opednews.com Headlined to H4 2/18/16

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It's been a clusterf*ck week at OEN, but we're working hard to keep on top of the issues.

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Over the past week we've had a number of different glitches happen that were frustrating.
  • The site was running very slow. That can cause error messages that the MYSQL database is not available. We think we have that resolved.
  • We tried a way to speed up loading of the front page, but because of the slowness of the site, it ended up not working, and there were columns that had content that couldn't be clicked. After days of working on that project, we put it on hold.
  • We had problems with CommonsSearch, our image search tool. Flickr changed its API's way of handling search inquiries, and that affected our selection and cropping functions. We spent a few days wrestling with that one, but it is working again. Not having the tool made me realize how much I value it and take it for granted.
  • There were other issues with error messages when submitting articles, with error messages. We got those fixed too.
Dealing with all these problems can be pretty demanding and stressful at our end. It's part of the job.

Whenever you have any issue with the site we'd really appreciate it if you can let us know. Include a copy of the error message and a detailed description of the steps you took to get there. Just drop me an email rob at opednews dot com. And last but not least, kudos to our webmaster for doing a fantastic job of sorting out the issues we had to deal with.

an error message when attempting to crop images.. Problem fixed
an error message when attempting to crop images.. Problem fixed
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.

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