Some questions for readers

I have noticed some things happening recently that lead me to ask some questions.

1a. If you are subscribed to follow WUWT via email, where you get emails advising you of new posts, are you still getting those emails? For example, a notice of this post?

1b. If you aren’t receiving those emails, are they in your SPAM filter?

2. If you are subscribed to WUWT via RSS feed, are you still able to read it in the reader of your choice?

3. Are you getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds?

Please leave answers yes/no in comments.

The reason I ask is that WordPress recently flagged WUWT as a high traffic site, and added extra advertising, for which I get a few cents per click. But, at the same time I’m wondering if that has come with a penalty in the form of a raised SPAM score due to that extra advertising.

As always, thanks for visiting and thanks for your support. – Anthony

 

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242 thoughts on “Some questions for readers

  1. #1 Yes, as of last evening still getting email notices.
    #2 NA
    #3 No, haven’t noticed increase in spam.

  2. 1a. Yes and yes.
    1b. Haven’t had anything sent to the spam filter.

    2. N/A for me, not using RSS, just email notification

    3. Haven’t seen any problems

    Cheers

  3. 1a. If you are subscribed to follow WUWT via email, where you get emails advising you of new posts, are you still getting those emails? For example, a notice of this post? YES

    3. Are you getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds? NO

    Thanks for a great job, Anthony

  4. Anthony,
    1 a) I do not believe that I am subscribed to get email ( I am here 3-5X a day) anyway
    1 b) N/A
    2) N/A
    3) I do get a great deal of spam the the associated email account but no more than usual.

    I do get some spam/junk related to my participation here, notwithstanding 1&2 but It isn’t too bad.

  5. My answers:
    1) I do not subscribe to WUWT email updates
    2) My RSS reader of choice is the Google Reader, and it works quite well with WUWT.
    3) I have not received any “unsafe” warnings from any WUWT links in the RSS feeds.

    As an aside, I also follow the WUWT update feed on Twitter, which is usually much faster than the Google Reader for new articles.

  6. 1a If you are subscribed to follow WUWT via email, where you get emails advising you of new posts, are you still getting those emails? For example, a notice of this post? YES

    1b. If you aren’t receiving those emails, are they in your SPAM filter? N/A

    2. If you are subscribed to WUWT via RSS feed, are you still able to read it in the reader of your choice?YES

    3. Are you getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds? PROBABLY e.g.
    What I find interesting that ads specifically from South Africa follow me and appear on top of the new post when I open it. So my IP address identifies me and prompts an advert that they think I might respond to, depending on where you are from….

  7. Anthony,

    1. Yes, still getting email notifications just fine.

    2, 3 & 4: N/A

    All ship-shape as far as this UK-based devotee is concerned. Thank you for continuing to publish your wonderful, scientific, ethical and courageous website.

  8. No problems here, still getting email advice of new posts
    And nothing has gone to the spam filter. I used a mac, btw

  9. 1a) Yes
    1b) NO, but I did have my ISP modify their spam filter a few weeks ago- which did not effect 1a), but it did effect some of my other auto email updates.
    2) n/a
    3) no

  10. Use RSS through Google reader. I will note that sometime earlier this week how the post is displayed changed – instead of displaying a summary which required a click to read the whole post, it is now displaying the whole post.

  11. “WordPress recently flagged WUWT as a high traffic site”

    Just recently? WordPress must have some pretty high standards if 127,000,000 views doesn’t qualify has high traffic.

  12. I blocked at my firewall all the WordPress adverts on day one so don’t see them, and I’m not subscribed for mail or rss. My email address@domain is real but used only for blogs and it has started receiving a lot of spam in the past year or so.

  13. I use the RSS feed through Google Reader. All is well, no changes to report. Keep up the good work.

  14. NA to all questions. However, I get some strange ads. at the top of a thread and am disinclined to look at them although I would like to earn you a few cents extra. I opened one once and thought ‘whoops!’ and shut my computer down and did a security check when I started again.

  15. FWIW, Anthony, the spam at my WordPress website has skyrocketed in recent months. Daily, there’s 5 to 10 times more spam in my filter now than I had a few months ago.

  16. I’m reading it with web based Google Reader on Windows and with the Android app on my phone and haven’t noticed any issues. I’m not seeing any advertising either.

    1a NO
    1b NO
    2 YES
    3 NO

  17. 1a. yes – no problems
    2 na
    3 the amount and type of spam and phishing emails I get does not seem to have changed

  18. Yes I get the emails. No other problems, don’t use RSS. Also please don’t go to threaded comments as others have suggested. It’s nice if you only read the thread once after everyone has had their say, but if you come back in the middle it’s a muddle. Enjoy your click money.

  19. Who uses all that notification stuff….I just leave WUWT on all day and incessantly hit F5 all day long!! ;)

    No issues on this end.

  20. I subscribe to WUWT via Google Reader. I have not noticed any differences lately. I still see everything in the reader – but always click over so I can read the comments. :)

  21. 1. – 2. NA
    3. NO

    WUWT apparently went down earlier this morning for about 12 minutes according to TryAgain.

  22. 1. yes
    2. yes
    3. no

    In summary, no excessive spam.
    Keep up the good work.

    Kurt in Switzerland

  23. Emails and RSS n/a, as I prefer to travel by mouse. No apparent spam from giving you a genuine email address for commenting. All very civilised.

  24. 2: Yes, RSS. I have noticed that the entire body of the post is being sent. IIRC, up until a few weeks ago I only got a teaser with a “Read More” link. No adverts in the RSS feed.

  25. 1 n/a
    2 Yes. I haven’t noticed any change in the way the Google RSS Reader shows the site
    3 No. Again, no change.

  26. I foolishly clicked the button to receive notifications of follow-up comments and zillions of emails are being received. How can I stop them? HELP

  27. 2 – but was refreshing continuously old postings, with many errors on them,so finally got fed up and removed your rss feed.

  28. I use Google Chrome and WUWT is on the Booksmark Bar. Our DSL provider uses Zone Alarm. I check WUWT frequently and the ads are sometimes interesting. I dislike the ones that close out the page I’m on for their own loading. When I can open in a new window – I often will, and often learn something. I just now opened Sentry Insurance and learned of trucking insurance. How I will use this info, I don’t know. Meanwhile, WUWT rakes in big$$ to rival Apple’s cash balance! Right on!
    Seriously, no problems for me operating as I do.
    Thanks, Anthony, contributors, and mods for WUWT.

  29. 1a Yes
    1b Yes. I used to get these emails normally, but for some reason the spam filter doesn’t allow them now. I have to accept each email manually. It could be an AOL thing.
    2 N/A
    3 No

  30. 1a. Yes, I receive them.

    1b. No, not in the SPAM filter

    2. Not subscribed to WUWT via RSS feed

    3. I am not getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds.

  31. Still getting email notifications. I’ve also noticed I’ve started getting facebook notifications to things that are maybe from a WUWT fan club? (I haven’t been clicking on them.)

  32. Still getting every email notification and as far as the rest – have to say no or not applicable.
    Even if I did get a bit of spam – just handle it like normal-block it, done.
    Since this site is my ‘homepage’ it’s always open :), giving me the option of refreshing the page throughout the day or selecting the articles I want to read from email.
    Thanks for your concerns Anthony.

  33. 1a – 99% NA, 1% Yes only occasionally do I check “for follow-up” comments. Too many emails otherwise.
    1b – NA.
    2 -N/A
    3 – I’m getting a lot of Spam on my primary email address. I have a second email address that I use for most Spam likely services, but I used my primary for Word Press login. I can’t prove WordPress was the source of contagion.

    Yesterday, I spent a good deal of time auditing my computer to make sure I did not have any spyware or trojans. Win Security Essentials gave it a clean bill of health and I have cookies on manual.

    But my palms got sweaty when I looked at my Networking Activity: (Win 7, Start Task Mgr, Resource Monitor, Network Tab, Network Connections and TCP Connections sub windows.) I sometimes I had >200 TCP connections to addresses like (while on WUWT), all through the svchost service
    108.161.188.128 164,651 B/sec
    74.125.227.73 23,262 B/sec
    66.216.77.13 19,966 B/sec
    184.29.150.8
    some non-numerics were
    s04.maildez.com.br; ads.pointroll.com, *.cabelp.bezeqint.net, *.ca.dc.openx.org, 888media.net

    After some experimentation, I’ve concluded these are litter in the webpages.

    Try this as an experiment. With only Word or PPT running to journal results.
    Open your resource Monitor to Networks and screen shot to the journal.
    Open IE, preferably to a slim web site, like Astronomy Picture of the Day. Snapshot Activity.
    Then open online.wsj.com. Boing! TCP connections went from 90.
    Switch back to APOD. TCP connections will decay
    Switch to WUWT. TCP went from 20 to 100 decline to 30
    Switch to Bishop-Hill TCP went from 30 to 80, decline to 20.
    Switch to ClimateEtc TCP 20 to 40.
    Switch to foxnews. TCP ramps quickly to 250 and a slow decline.

    The information super-highway with your car pulling a hundred trailors. People complain of web page bloat, but page load size might be only a drop in the bucket compared to the active content after the page is up.

  34. Yes, receiving you loud and clear! Thankyou. I did complain a couple of weeks ago that I had missed a few days but found out that it was my server who had failed. Googlemail seems to be so much better than anyone else at sorting the spam.

  35. 1a. If you are subscribed to follow WUWT via email, where you get emails advising you of new posts, are you still getting those emails? For example, a notice of this post?

    Yes, I am

    1b. If you aren’t receiving those emails, are they in your SPAM filter?

    I have seen a couple marked as SPAM. Not within the past week, but I did get a couple of them about 2 weeks ago.

  36. I can still read WUWT in Google Reader, but the format changed. I used to just get a preview, and I had to click the preview to open a new page with the full article. Now I get the full article in Reader.

  37. May have located a problem… don’t know if it is the same that you are speaking of though.

    On IE, if InPrivate is on and set Automatic, for some reason a recent change has caused the posted pages, not the main page, to never completely load, it hangs with “Waiting for hhttp://wattsupwiththat/2012/10/02/some-questions-for-readers/…”. It’s doing it right now. You never see ‘Done.’ in the status bar and curiously, this also causes the web page “Find” bar to no longer work. May or may not be the same problem you are speaking of.

    This is new problem for me in the last day or two. Other than that, I have had no problems for over three years except it has become slower and slower and slower but InPrivate fixed the speed problem cutting out all of the trackers.

  38. 1. N/A.
    2. Yes, in Google Reader.
    3. No. I use Firefox (work) and Chrome (home) both with Adblock and Flashblock installed, so virtually all adverts are automatically prevented; I don’t know whether that would affect matters.

  39. 1a) Yes. Subscribed to follow by email. Notices are received by email (Outlook).
    1b) Nothing in SPAM.
    2) N/A
    3) No. I use ESET and Malwarebytes, and haven’t noticed anything unusual.

    Thank you, Anthony and congratulations on building a high traffic site. The ads are not a problem and are sometimes useful.

  40. 1a: No
    1b: No
    2: Yes, Omea Reader
    3. Not that I’ve noticed.

    @Mark Luedtke:
    I think the RSS feed here has changed from just being a preview to being a full article. This has varied over time here and does seem to be something under the control of individual sites.

  41. I use AdBlock Plus and don’t see any ads. Since I visit this site regularly, I throw a few bucks in the donation jar from time to time. I don’t use email notifications; I come here when I have the time, don’t need even more clutter in my inbox.

  42. 1a. If you are subscribed to follow WUWT via email, where you get emails advising you of new posts, are you still getting those emails? For example, a notice of this post?
    YES

    1b. If you aren’t receiving those emails, are they in your SPAM filter?
    n/a

    2. If you are subscribed to WUWT via RSS feed, are you still able to read it in the reader of your choice? n/a

    3. Are you getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds?
    NO. There are no ads at all embedded into the emails I receive from wordpress.com containing WUWT posts.

  43. 1a. If you are subscribed to follow WUWT via email, where you get emails advising you of new posts, are you still getting those emails? For example, a notice of this post?

    yes

    1b. If you aren’t receiving those emails, are they in your SPAM filter?

    NA

    2. If you are subscribed to WUWT via RSS feed, are you still able to read it in the reader of your choice?

    NA

    3. Are you getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds?

    No

    rgb

  44. WUWT is my home page.
    No unsafe notices for any links. I use your sidebar links to get to other skeptic sites as well as the luke warmers and the Carbon Cult sites.
    Hope you’re making enough from ad revenue to take your sweetheart out for dinner once in a while.

  45. Located my problem Anthony. A few googleapis were flagged and blocked. That removed the hang. One entry under wp.com though, devicepx causes a stack overflow at line 0 if *not* disabled… have no idea what is causing that quirk. Only thing I have to clear up is “Unknown Zone” coming up on WUWT pages recently… I equate that to spam. Have a feeling it’s google again.

  46. 1a. Yes and yes.
    1b. Haven’t had anything sent to the spam filter.

    2. N/A for me, not using RSS, just email notification

    3. Haven’t seen any problems

  47. 1a. Yes. Have a Daily List of items.
    1b. N/A
    2. N/A
    3. Not noticed. Am using Firefox with AdBlockPlus, BetterPrivacy, and NoScript Add-Ons – defeats most ads and Spam links.

    Many thanks for a most interesting site.

  48. 1a. Yes the notices are coming through fine.

    1b. None have made it to the Spam Filter.

    2. I can still read it in the usual reader, OK.

    3. Not that I notice. There is so much Spam and Phishing that it would be hard to tell.

  49. 1a: Yes.
    1b: Sometimes (but all my emails periodically get sent to spam, seems to be a Yahoo thing).
    2: N/A
    3: No.

  50. Steve C says:
    October 2, 2012 at 8:39 am
    Emails and RSS n/a, as I prefer to travel by mouse. No apparent spam from giving you a genuine email address for commenting. All very civilised.

    I am similar. No sign up, no emails, just open wuwt blog site via IE. No problems.

  51. 1a. n/a
    1b. n/a
    2. yes
    3. no

    RSS using Firefox smart bookmark. No problems. I don’t see ads and trackers are rejected (courtesy of Adblock Plus and Ghostery). I also view on my smart phone occasionally, and do see the ads when I use that.

  52. I don’t subscribe to emails, but look (daily) using my Chromebook with Adblock. No problems at all (apart from argumentative commenters!).

  53. Google just blocked a simple query to another site, claiming that ?WUWT was open in another tab/window at the time but I doubt connected.

    Certainly is malware about, alwasy morphing.

    However IMJ Google is not producing top quality code.

  54. I am still receiving aan RSS feed from the site, I receive it on a Mac via a programme named Vienna.

  55. 1a. N/A
    1b. NA
    2. Yes – using Google reader
    3. No more spam than usual … and nothing that looks like it might have been a result of WUWT

  56. 1a. N/A, I read the RSS feed directly

    1b. N/A

    2. Yes, Apple Mail RSS program works with no problem

    3. No

  57. 2. I follow the site via RSS and I am having no problems. In fact, the RSS is now working better than ever.

  58. I have been reading the RSS feed using Google Reader without problems for the past year or two. I haven’t noticed any significant changes.

  59. Through RSS only, and whatever changed recently so I can read the whole posts inside google reader made me happy. No issues at all.

  60. I don’t subscribe, but just wanted to say I support WUWT 100% and visit often. WUWT is among 7 other sites in my Google Chrome “new tab” page.

  61. 1a. I was subscribed but recently changed my subscription email address and they stopped working (probably something I did).
    1b. Virtually nothing in either spam filter (the old account or new one). No extras in recent times. Certainly none of the WUWT notices or ads that I am aware of.
    2. Don’t use RSS for anything anymore.
    3. Same as 1b

    I don’t miss not getting the email notices because WUWT is the first site I go to in the morning to catch up with the news that matters for the day! Besides you and your guest contributors are becoming so prolific I have difficulty reading and digesting all the material.

    I can only stand in amazement at the service that you are providing to the “neo-enlightenment” Anthony… please keep up the good work and I’m pleased to see you making some income from all the effort other than from donations.

  62. I have had some problems using Internet Explorer v8 which is my preferred browser (I know, I know). It would hang when trying to load WUWT (I would have to go into Task Manager to close it down) although it was fine with everything else. I used Firefox to read WUWT for about 10 days or so, and then suddenly about a week ago WUWT started loading normally with IE.

  63. 1a> immediately unsubscribed as they were crapping my email
    1b> fortunately, unsubscription worked
    2 and 3> no idea what that is

  64. I dont get the emails just check in daily.
    however my DNT add on tells me 3 social networks
    1 ad network and
    5 companies were trying to track me while here.

  65. 1a. Yes, including notice of my Cheap gas post (more below)

    1b. NA

    2. Yes

    3. No

    One thing that’s odd. I’m getting notices on Facebook for new posts, but didn’t see one for my Cheap Gas post. Possibilities include it was a post from not you, FB didn’t like punctuation, didn’t like the word “Cheap,” or FaceBook is behaving normally. You get what you pay for!

  66. Expanding my pop-in:
    I do not get email or RSS feeds from you.

    Good luck with diagnosis.
    – more ads means more risk of goofs by Google or the ad source, which could create repeat requests to load an ad when the first request fails.
    – timeouts due slow servers or broken Internet paths (as can occur with DNS cache problems) might generate repeat requests but not in rapid succession, though slow response might motivate users to click repeatedly on an ad. (Southwest Airlines botched their code a few weeks ago – people repeated their request when the web page appeared to not respond, the system booked another flight each time. No excuse for that – someone failed to learn from history.)
    – typically ads are targeted based on page content and perhaps cookies (hopefully you are not dumb enough to use them). I suspect WUWT is classified by Google as of a certain political stripe given what I call the “rude t-shirts” web site advertised by the woman wearing a blood-stained t-shirt (I’ve seen that several times, from well before the extra ads appeared.)
    – many people are stiffening their defenses against Malware because of recent widespread attacks. Thus repeat attacks are more likely to be blocked now. (Cache poisoning attempts tend to go in salvos for several minutes, but I don’t know how they work – they are targeting cached DNS databases on local servers, but ESET detects them as an incoming threat to my computer.
    – thus there is probability of more rejections of requests from odd and badly run domains that people might have email on. I’d avoid HotMail because it has been extensively used by bad people trying to hide themselves (Microsoft have alternative email domains), there are far worse domains out there.

    Good luck figuring out terms of service and options from WordPress/Google, neither of whom IMJ have adequate quality of coding. Churning of code without thorough testing is a common problem in the industry, including at Google.

    I doubt this can be blamed on MSIE, though it has shown inability to cope with defective code (your font case a few months back, and a recent case of graphics display I found on CA pages). Conceivably MSIE could respond badly to defective advertising code (IIRC Google was a suspect for complicity in your case of MSIE and WordPress interacting inappropriately). Beware Google is dropping support for MSIE8, thus for some people Windows XP (as MSIE9 will not run on XP).

    And keep in mind that many many people do not consider Google trustworthy. There are alternatives such as Microsoft/Yahoo, but I don’t have a high opinion of their competence either.

  67. 1a. If you are subscribed to follow WUWT via email, where you get emails advising you of new posts, are you still getting those emails? For example, a notice of this post? YES

    1b. If you aren’t receiving those emails, are they in your SPAM filter? N/A

    2. If you are subscribed to WUWT via RSS feed, are you still able to read it in the reader of your choice? N/A

    3. Are you getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds? Not that I’ve noticed.

  68. The hangs — after four hours of debugging, I wrongly laid it on Google, it is not. Is has to do with Facebook.

  69. 2. If you are subscribed to WUWT via RSS feed, are you still able to read it in the reader of your choice? Yes, no change.

    3. Are you getting any sorts of SPAM, phishing, or “unsafe” website notices for any links that might be embedded in those emails or feeds? No, not at all.

  70. Hi Anthony,
    I do get your emails OK, but a few weeks ago, some went to Spam, and I opened them and said not spam when they kept reappearing rather than move directly to inbox. As far as other comments I don’t know. My policy if I don’t know the sender I delete, some keep reappearing and I don’t read them such as anti-nuclear and the get bigger than you were type spam. I enjoy your emails keep sending them.

  71. 1a. N/A
    1b. N/A
    2. WUWT RSS feed has worked for a long, long time, but stopped working a couple of days ago (Firefox 15 on Windows and Kubuntu). Same problem with Bishop Hill RSS btw., RSS problem might be unrelated to WUWT feed?
    3. N/A

  72. Same problem as Carsten Arnholm. WUWT RSS “feed cannot be displayed (…)” since Friday 5 Oct. evening.
    All my other feeds are working fine (I’m not subscribed to Bishop Hill RSS), so I’m just wondering….

  73. Don’t know if any action was taken but the problem seems to be solved now.
    Thanks to whatever/whoever fixed it.

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