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Desi Matlock
Works at Words in a Row Website Design
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I've been fixing what I call "silly putty code" on a client's site for what feels like weeks.  ( Looks good until it gets touched, at which point it melts down. ) Head slammed into desk a few times. If I'd known from the start, I'd have recommended a rebuild from scratch. Whoever designed the site repeatedly attempted to reinvent the wheel using dodecahedrons and triangles. Sorry for mixing metaphors. I need sleep.
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"Silly putty mode."  I like that.  
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#wp10 reminds me I've been working with Wordpress for over nine years! Holy snap. I wasn't a first adopter, but I'd been making WP sites for over a year by the time I created my first support ticket... An apparently that was in Oct 2005. So I'm going for Feb 2004? Not too shabby, no? Here's my WP profile. http://wordpress.org/support/profile/rorimandi
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Google Plus share box = yet another place to accidentally share with the world your search preferences. One of my acquaintances "shared" his search accidentally, and now I know his taste in nude actresses.
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There was a significant drop in rankings for one client on a site with a steady and consistent ranking, and the only change was cancelling his long-standing YAHOO directory listing. He is quite certain that the one caused the other. Any thoughts?
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For the record: moving sites does not always mean you need a replacement SSL certificate. You CAN transfer from server to server, it just requires deep access and a lot of know-how. It just isn't worth the time and trouble unless you're paying for a green-bar cert.
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Wow. There is a BIG storm in one direction and a beautiful sunshiney day on the lake in the other... I'd take pictures to show you the two extremes, but my camera just went fritz.
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Just found this tool to help you find a User ID for a Facebook user with a vanity URL. (Banning someone before they've liked the page, completing an action without friending someone, that kind of thing)
The Facebook Admin IDs setting in XenForo requires that you enter the Facebook user ID(s) of the designated administrators for that page within the Open ...
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I have to say, I was the first anti-yolo-er. That phrase is somehow able to turn tempus fugit, carpe diem and whatevs into a mashup of reckless idiocy...
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Dedicated IP Shortage update: I'm now on day three of waiting for an available IP at my hosting company for my client's new paid SSL. We are willing to throw money at it, but can't. We're stymied. Is anyone else running into this?
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So glad the madness is over. Now Christmas can take over my ad space. I actually welcome it this year for the first time -  after a Halloween of disturbing imagery on during daytime hours, followed immediately by a red white and blue whirlwind.
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Here I am as an acid-washed jeans wearing kid.
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I love figuring out how to do things on Facebook. Because, for all the good things Facebook DOES let a business owner do with their Facebook page, they also leave big gaps in the business page mgmt tools that take some serious working around.

For instance, I just banned a user from a facebook page I admin. This user has not even "liked" the page. But, she harasses the customers of this client, so they want her banned. Which makes sense. But Facebook has no way to ban a user who you don't have a relationship with already. Facebook doesn't see a reason why you'd ban someone who hasn't liked your page, but of course real life and facebook rarely match.

With a bit of finnesse and tweaking, I banned her from that page completely. Even though she still isn't and never was in the list of people with any kind of connection to that page.

It took a bit of work, but I did it. And that user can no longer harass my client.

Schweet!

HOW I DID IT:

Well, in order to customize any action to a different user, you have to have their Facebook ID. Which is not easily available on a vanity URL'd page. So, first I queried the open graph to gain the user's ID (they had a vanity URL), which is the subject of my last G+ post - I provided a link to a page where you can pull the open graph info for any user.

Then (in Chrome) opening the full list of "likes" for that business page in its own window with a right click. Then I right clicked on a random "x" button that allows you to remove a person from your page's likes list and chose to edit the element rather than click it. Then I changed the user ID I was removing to the user I wanted in the code that came up (by right clicking and editing as HTML), carefully clicked back into the page from the code box, clicked the button I'd just edited, and the confirm box that came up said the correct name in it (not the name I randomly chose to use as her). I checked the "ban permanently" button, submitted, and it was done.
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Have her in circles
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tom watson's profile photo
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Marie Gale's profile photo
Paul Matsumoto's profile photo
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Website Consulting
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  • Words in a Row Website Design
    Website Consulting, present
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California
Previously
California - Tampa Bay - Los Angeles - Portland - BFE - Atlanta
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Introduction
I design websites, redesign busted ones, fix broken customer flowlines and make recommendations and consult. Lots of history with PPC - since it started really. I have a knack for this stuff and I love it.
Education
  • the school of life
    1994 - 1998
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Female
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