So, Technorati are being their old obtuse selves again, e-mailing me I tried to re-claim this site’s entry there with a “claim code” of UYHRYS32T8V2 which, when I actually visit the site and hit the “check this claim” button, then asks me to put up a short post containing another code, which, for some unfathomable reason, is completely different and just happens to be 8KQH2VCGXH8H.

I could go on and on about this, I suppose (starting with the fact that the title tags on the account management part site and other formatting seems to be broken, as if it was all freshly re-painted but the workmen painted over stuff like hinges and parts of furniture), but I’ll just put this up and let it be, for ‘tis the season to be minimally jolly and, quite frankly, I’m curious as to whether this will actually work, and for how long, since:

  1. The only external stats I (minimally) trust are , and that’s just because, well, there’s really no option.
  2. All “blog” indexing companies seem to be focusing on selling top-billing placement for mass-market “blogs” (i.e., pseudo-news link magnets designed solely to provide minimal content and maximum banner ad income).
  3. I really want to see for myself how bad it gets from here on, since the moment I hit Cmd+S on , this will be automagically synced via to my server – and after that, I’ll go over and trip the manual “process, cache and publish this now” lever, and it will become instantly available on RSS feeds and all.

Let’s see where we go from here, then, shall we? 3… 2… 1…


Yep. figured as much. They can’t even deal with redirects or feed discovery properly:

Not that they’re hard to find…

a good half hour later, after going back in and manually changing the feed URL from the “complete” feed to the “blog-only” feed (just to make triple sure that they actually had valid data and that it would be the first post they’d come across), we’re back to manual mode:

Oh, and did I mention I can’t delete the old site claim at all?