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    Default Four Little Icons

    Where did the four little icons that have started to appear at the bottom of every post come from?

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    You're quick!!

    I just installed an update to our software which provides those links to various social-bookmarking sites. You might also notice a new menu called LinkBack. Oh, and there's now a 'permalink' link to get the url of a specific post to make referencing individual posts easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    You're quick!!

    I just installed an update to our software which provides those links to various social-bookmarking sites. You might also notice a new menu called LinkBack. Oh, and there's now a 'permalink' link to get the url of a specific post to make referencing individual posts easier.
    Quick maybe, but they are hard to miss.

    What are social-bookmarking sites?

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    Default Re: Four Little Icons

    LinkBacks

    "LinkBacks" is the generalized term we use to reference three methods of communication between Websites:
    Why LinkBacks?

    LinkBacks (Trackbacks, Pingbacks and Refbacks) allow you to notify another site that you wrote something related to what is written on a specific page. This improves the chances of contributors to this page noticing that you gave them credit for something, or that you improved upon something they wrote. With LinkBacks, websites are interconnected. Think of them as the equivalents of acknowledgments and references at the end of an academic paper, or a chapter in a textbook.


    Linkbacks have long been a major force in the development of the blogging network, by creating an interconnected series of blogs and posts acknowledging one another. Not only does this improve the general community ethos throughout the "blog-o-sphere", but it also helps to make blogs into more powerful link-building tools.


    Note: Links built via this method are highly relevant and do not carry the disadvantages typically associated with "link farms" or "link exchanges".


    The LinkBack principle has migrated from blogs to other publishing platforms such as news content management systems and forums.
    From: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/misc.php?do=linkbacks

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    Default Re: Four Little Icons

    Just out of curiosity, Red5, could this update have been the reason that I found it next to impossible to log onto the website in the past couple of days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    could this update have been the reason that I found it next to impossible to log onto the website in the past couple of days?
    No. The update was only applied yesterday evening. If you have problems, please use the support forum.

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    Default Re: Four Little Icons

    Philly, I haven't had any messages from anyone else saying that they couldn't log on, so it could well have been a local problem.

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    Thanks for the feedback. It may well be some sort of local problem.
    It wasn't simply a log-on problem, though. I've been having trouble loading the website at all. I've now had the same problem again today -- just a little while ago. The odd thing is that I haven't been having trouble with any other websites at the time as the difficulties here.
    Just one of those mysteries of cyberspace, I guess.
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    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. It may well be some sort of local problem.
    It wasn't simply a log-on problem, though. I've been having trouble loading the website at all. I've now had the same problem again today -- just a little while ago. The odd thing is that I haven't been having trouble with any other websites at the time as the difficulties here.
    Just one of those mysteries of cyberspace, I guess.
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    Thanks again.
    I think I was on the forum when the change went live. I saw the icons at the bottom of amother poster's message. At first I thought it was sort of spam. Then they were all over the place. But there was no deterioration in function or response time.

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