Or how Val is spending too much time being furious about the new less-than-user friendly interface and other awful changes to the tag list.
First, I'm so very thankful I didn't give into the impulse to put danceswithclex
in Delicious and that I don't have a personal account to agonize over. I prefer copying everything down to my hard drive and I sympathize with everyone who's tearing their hair out over not being able to access their links easily (if at all).
My issue is the tagging for sga_newsletter
. This is a task shared between four mods who tag and post the newsletter every day (well, unless we run into a snag). We generally rotate on a 2 days on, 5-7 days off basis and I lucked into the transition days.
Yesterday's sga_newsletter tagging was interesting. Still the old interface, but typing in tags didn't auto-fill until I used a tag at least once and the counts that popped up in autofill were in the single digits. At least the list of tags was still there with accurate counts so I could double-check the tags I typed in and the daily drop went through okay.
Today, all bets are off.
Of the over 54,000 links in the account, The only tags that appear in the tag list are the those I used yesterday
with the addition of a has:Fanfic tag? I tried to delete all the occurrences of the mystery tag before I started tagging, because I was interested in whether Delicious is creating that on its own or whether we're getting bleed through from someone else's tags. Unfortunately, Delicious does not have the tools to bulk edit tags working yet, which might have allowed me to 'touch' each old tag and force it to be recognized, so I had to delete each one of the mystery tags by hand.
When I selected by tag and picked the link in the result and edited, on save I was returned to my original link list, not the result list
, which meant I had to reselect the tag. Oh, so user-friendly. If I roll my eyes any harder they'll fall out.
Note: There's no number of links returned when a tag is selected and no page count (or even a second page so you only get one page of results)
, so it took me a while to conclude the has:Fanfic tag was applied by Delicious during their so-called migration on all of the fanfic items. I gave up on clearing it out, I'll just make sure the new tags don't have it.
The worst part is trying to make sure I'm typing the tags in correctly since it won't autofill and I no longer have the list of tags to double check. The tags that do appear are not sorted alphabetically but seem to be by the invisible counts (which would be easier to confirm if the counts weren't invisible).
I'm not holding out a lot of hope for the daily drop for the newsletter even though they claim to be supporting all the old apis and tools. I can't access the scheduling page to check, so I guess I'll have to wait until the usual time.
Then, I'll likely end up coding the newsletter by hand while using extremely foul language.
Right now, I'm teary-eyed in rage because this is such a frakking mess and I abhor doing things manually when tools used to exist to make life easier. Speaking from the perspective of someone who used to design and build customer support databases and tools as well as test/support software releases, this fails on so many points considering the size of the 'customer' base involved. I would have been fired if I let something like this go live.
ETA: The drop failed. Cursing now begins as I hand-code the newsletter. Thank goodness someone created a template for the categories sometime in the past. :-/