Nearly a week ago, the new Windows Secrets site moved from beta to the real thing.
The migration was far from easy and we’re still working out a few kinks, but our updated site is live for all to see.
As I discussed in a previous introduction, moving to the WordPress Web-publishing platform was a major leap forward for Windows Secrets. The new site now has the enhancements we desperately needed to allow the site to grow and mature.
Much of the development work for the new Windows Secrets site went to things you’ll never see. Hundreds of hours went into the background processes — such as the reader subscription system — that make the site work. That heavy lifting was accomplished by a small team of developers that includes Tony Johnston (whose office is next door to mine), Andy Boyd, Aaron Forgue, and Lindsey Dunagan — people who rarely see their name in print but who are just as important to Windows Secrets as any contributor or editor. My thanks to the entire team.
Yahoo bounces Windows Secrets newsletters
Publishing the newsletter has been a little rough the past few weeks, and not just because of the migration to WordPress. As some of you know all too well, a relatively small number of subscribers never received the newsletter; it was rejected by their mail services. One week it was Gmail users; last week it was Yahoo users. And now we know at least one of the reasons why.
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Two phrases come to mind when describing these puzzling delivery problems: that we’re a victim of our own success, and that no good deed goes unpunished (the mind of a cynical editor obviously at work here).
Our investigations into the bounced e-mails point to our extensive, and extremely popular, coverage of the Liza Noon (purposely misspelled here, for reasons that I’ll explain shortly) phenomenon — specifically, our mention of a defunct website from which that particularly malicious piece of malware got its name.
The Gmail problem remains a mystery, but in the case of last week’s newsletter, tests conducted by me and others showed that any e-mail containing that malware’s name followed by .com and sent to a Yahoo account was rejected by Yahoo. (The name was not hyperlinked; it was simple text.)
It appears to be a case of Yahoo cranking up its malware filters a couple of notches too high.
My apologies to those who were unable to receive last week’s Windows Secrets. In the future, we’re going to be a bit more careful about anything with a .com extension. We also recommend that subscribers add email@example.com to their e-mail address books.
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— Tracey Capen, editor in chief