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2007 May

My own Sudoku Google Gadget

I’ve been playing around with different ways of driving traffic and I thought it was time to create my own Google Gadget. Creating the gadget was easy - turns out getting the gadget listed in the content directory is going to be the tough part.

Anywho, here is what I came up with

Copyright Sudoku.com.au

Now I know you desperately want this for your own blog or website, so you can get the code here - Sudoku Google Gadget

You can also add it to your Google Homepage just by clicking this button:
Add to Google

So enjoy sudoku, if that is your thing, and I’ll let you know in a few weeks how it is going as a traffic driver.

MySpace API

I have updated my MySpace API to accept HTTP POST requests as well as GET. This means that the fields can be as long as you like, which is good for blog posts.

Try it out:

The code for the test page is:


<form name='form1' id='form1' method="post" action='http://myspaceapi.com.99.seekdotnet.com/BlogPost.aspx'>
<table>
<tr><td>Post Subject</td><td><input type="text" id='txtSubject' name='txtSubject'></td></tr>
<tr><td colspan=2>Post Body</td></tr>
<tr><td colspan=2><textarea id='txtBody' name='txtBody' rows=5 cols=31 width=100%></textarea></td></tr>
<tr><td>MySpace Email</td><td><input type="text" id='txtEmail' name='txtEmail'></td></tr>
<tr><td>Myspace Password</td><td><input type="password" id='txtPassword' name='txtPassword'></td></tr>
<tr><td></td><td><input type=submit value="Submit" id='btnsubmit' name='btnsubmit'></td></tr>
</table>
</form>

As before, I am happy to share the code if you request it.

Free Memberships and Supporting Memberships at Sudoku.com.au

So what is going on?

It has always been a big concern to me that sudoku.com.au remains as warm and welcoming to visitors as possible. I have always thought that I have been very lucky to attract the sort of visitors so that the site gives out this feeling.

As with any large site, though, it has also attracted its share of spammers and people that are more interested in insulting others than anything else. I have put in place posting guidelines and various technical filters, but these are all avoidable if you are determined. Getting past the filters is made a lot easier by not having to log in before you post a comment or start a chat session - which is why I have introduced the free membership. The Free Membership (FM) is a new addition to the site and has coincided with the ‘Last Post’ competition. I have been asked if FMs are going to last beyond this competition, and the answer is yes.

By restricting access to the chatroom so that only members can enter, it is now much easier to ban people that just want to annoy (or worse) other people. Posting comments may be eventually restricted in a similar fashion, but hopefully not just yet.

A few supporting members have voiced their concerns that I am now giving away for free some of the things that they paid their membership fees for (Avatars, Smilies, Personal pages). While Free Members still have Ads and don’t get the sudoku solving tools, I can understand some SMs feeling this way. I am grateful that they have paid their membership fees & it certainly isn’t my intention to seem disrespectful. Almost all the new recent additions to the site have been for SMs and I am sure there will be plenty of new SM-only additions coming along shortly. If an SM feels that the free membership has everything they want from the site, then I would hope that when the membership expires that they remain on as a free member. Finally, if an SM has just recently joined or renewed their membership and would rather be a free member then just contact me and I will be happy to issue a refund.

Whew - thats everything! I have plenty of new stuff in the pipeline, so hopefully the site will get better (and better!). As always, if you have any suggestions just let me know. I have been super busy lately, so if you have sent an email and haven’t got a response please send it again.

Thanks to all the visitors to sudoku.com.au; Supporting Members, Free Members, and even the people that don’t want to know about this and just want sudoku :)

Cheers,
Gath