Okay, so here's the payoff on the teasing I did the
about a project here. Blue's News has been database-driven since
February 1999, but it was in operation years before that. And while older news
was unfortunately deleted in the earliest days, about
two-and-a-half years of news beginning in July 1996 in the
HTML News Archive
included in the database. Now, thanks to some clever scripting and hard work by
Frans, all of those stories have been imported into Blammo (the name of our
proprietary CMS). I
mentioned tempering expectations when I teased this, as it is obviously not
life-changing. But it does mean that results from the late 90s now appear in
news searches, which is neat. In fact, they've been doing so for a couple of
weeks now, which is why I previously said it was possible some of you have come
across the change already. I
hope this proves useful, or at least interesting to some of you. A huge thank
you to Frans for his hard work, attention to detail, and incredible patience
(you have no idea) in making this happen.
A couple of other notes about this. The stories in the database use the current design of the site, rather than
any of the earlier iterations of
our look. Also, as you can see from developer .plan updates at the time, this
community was not big on spelling in those days. Blue's News was no exception,
and the HTML editor I was using back then did not even have a spell-checker. So
along the way, many misspellings were corrected for the database. Things were
more skimmed than proofread, so errors doubtlessly still abound in the imports (and elsewhere for
that matter), but this explains discrepancies between the html and the database.
For the record, the
HTML News Archive
remains in its original state, typos and all, for future historians to marvel over and treasure.
Finally, there are plenty of broken links in the older news. I'm on an ongoing
quest to find and restore what I can of these. Missing articles are hard to
find, but I have been more successful at locating missing images (there were far
more embedded images in this site 25 years ago than there are today). This
clean-up project will continue, so you may find broken images in the older
news getting fixed as time goes on.
So there. The over 25 years of Blue's News is now properly recorded in over 25 years
of stories in our
Thanks again Frans!
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