The Best of Lee (admin stuff)

Wow. Now I remember why I hate ExpressionEngine.

My original idea for this feature was to find a non-search way of slipping Lee’s posts into something – an RSS feed, another blog, whatever – and then importing posts at random as long as they were of over a certain word length. Except Lee wrote 11,029 posts. That’s too many posts for any solution at all. It’s too much data. Lee could talk. :)

So…I devised a lo-fi way of doing this. If you go to (that URL is permanent under my account) you will see a stripped-down, fast loading page with three of Lee’s 11,029 posts, pulled at random. If you like one, you can click the mail link and it will shoot me email with the link to the original. Since I’m admin in the old EE system also, I see a special link on the post that takes me directly to the edit screen where I can grab the raw HTML and post it here in the new blog in a minute.

The only thing I suggest is limiting yourself to one suggestion a week, since there’s a lot of people. Which brings me to the next question.

How often do we want to do this? I was thinking Fridays and maybe sticky it through the weekend? Or would it be better to post it say, Wednesday morning? Sound off!

By the way, if you just want to walk down memory lane and revel in Lee’s frigging awesomeness, that page is good for that as well. Once I built it I spent a good 30 minutes reloading instead of writing this post.

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    that does sound like a good idea.

    as for Arnold, probably he would be a bit disappointed, but not surprised , after allArnold did have a track record of getting frisky with the women-folk.

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  2. JimK *

    At this point I’m not sure how I could do that, technologically speaking. Making the two systems talk to each other is nigh on to impossible, and I can’t ask for help from EE without paying for another year of license. Not even support on what I’ve already paid for for ten goddamned years.


    The old archives are still searchable, BTW, if you are looking for something you remember. And you can select just Lee as an author in the old EE search system. I was just trying to devise a super-easy way to nominate Best of posts, and so far this is the best I can do.

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