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Water Cooler / Re: Troubles
Last post by Brad -
All clear.   :)

What the host's scanner was detecting was the anti-virus sub-program built into the directory script.  Yes WSN Links has it's own anti-virus program.  I guess it's not uncommon for antivirus programs to flag each other as problems.

So all is good and I don't face the decision of having to dump hundreds of dollars into this.

@joe jenett thanks for looking the site over!

Upon questioning via a support ticket, the hosting company did specify what files they detected as problems.  They should have just specified these in the initial warning.  I just got the report of another scan by them that shows the site is clear.
Water Cooler / Re: Troubles
Last post by joe jenett -
Just an fyi - The site is loading fine and Firefox doesn't show any warnings about malicious code (not that they necessarily would - not sure).

My first thoughts - Color me skeptical about a web host who provides only a vague explanation and then suggests a costly solution. If they would provide real details, you could probably resolve the issues on your own (perhaps with a little help from your friends). May that's just me.

Fingers crossed that WSN Links can be helpful - opening a ticket with them was a good way to go.

The last time my web host advised me of a security issue, they told me what the specific problem was and exactly how to resolve it and no additional cost was involved.

Good luck!
Water Cooler / Troubles
Last post by Brad -
@joe jenett  @Kicks Condor FYI 

I just got a message from my web host that Indieseek has been blacklisted by their security scans.  They are vague but allude to malicious code.  I'm investigating and have a ticket in with WSN Links.

The web host, is recommending a cleanup service which is costly and doesn't say that I'll still have a functioning website after they muck about.

I'm waiting for replies, but as of right now I'm not inclined to spend huge gobs of money into this.  Not sure what my course of action will be.
Directory and Indieweb Search Discussion / Linear Webring with a Directory Idea
Last post by Brad -
I’ve spent the better part of two days setting up a “The Unofficial Webring”, troubleshooting as to why my browsers blocked the ring code on my Hugo blog but let it pass on my WordPress blog, researching and looking for alternatives.  All for nothing.

-- There will be No Webring Revival for the Masses.

So okay, I'm not going to build a traditional webring for members any time soon.  I'm thinking, is there another way around this?  I have a directory with categories and directories are a very versatile thing if you think about it.

My Big Plan:

What if I create a linear "ring" (of a sort)?

Most webrings generate an index page  of all ring members.  So a linear ring would be a sub-category within the directory of just participants.  Anybody adding their blog would have the option to link back to that sub-category to share traffic with other members.  It would be a sort of "ring" built around that index page I spoke of.  It isn't perfect but it might work.

Anyway that's what I'm thinking of doing.

Water Cooler / An Artifact from Web 1.0
Last post by Brad -
I just ran across this artifact from Web 1.0

This is from before SEO had a name.  I first discovered this site before Google was around.  Promoting a website was primarily about getting it listed in as many directories and search engines as you could.  This is a later version of the site then when I first found it in the late 1990's but the text is substantially the same.  For someone like me, knowing zero about directories and search engines, reading through all that text and guide pages taught me a lot.
Directory and Indieweb Search Discussion / Indie web meta search notes.
Last post by Brad -
Just in case I, or somebody else wants to make an indie web meta search engine I thought I'd list some resources.  My notes.

3. feed directory has an API.
       Personal Use - but that might be negotiated
       Credit as source
       One would have to mark results from PB as "Feed" or "RSS" since results are feeds.  Google used to do this.
4. has an API.
       Requires credit as source.
5. wiki
       I'm not totally sure about this.
6.  (has no search function, but I suppose one could spider it with permission.)

A lot depends on how said meta is set up.  If you are opening up search results on their own domains (ie. a search of would open a tab with results on  1. it's easier,  2. prior permission is not needed, 3. API not needed.  However if one was using a real metasearch script and displaying the results on the meta's site one would have to use the API's or set up a scrape with permission.

Feel free to add other likely resources.