Comcast email trouble. If you are a Comcast user, you are probably not receiving any subscription email messages (like the Aphorism of the Day) right now. Or any email from me, for that matter. Comcast claims my email server is on some sort of blacklist. I'm working on it.
This blog — also known as "Aphorisms Galore! News" — is where I post updates about Aphorisms Galore! and its development. If you set your subscription option to "Aphorisms Galore! News" or higher, you will get a nice email every time I post an entry here.
Today, Aphorisms Galore! moves to a new server. The reason for this is the site's high popularity, which, in combination with the new and fairly advanced personalization features, has caused some stability problems over the past few months. You may notice some temporary address changes (like the server being called www.ag.wastholm.net instead of the usual www.aphorismsgalore.com), but don't update your bookmarks -- everything will be back to normal soon.
User Profile Problem Fixed
The "false alarm" problem that caused the user database to report an error in some instances when a user profile was created or updated (even though the profile was in fact correctly stored) has now been fixed. I hope. If you experience any further problems, please let me know, either through the feedback discussion forum or by email to email@example.com.
Problems Creating a User Profile?
If you have tried to create a user profile recently and gotten an error, your profile may nevertheless have been created.
Some users have pointed out that there appears to be a problem with the user signup process. The system reports that "the user profile could not be created due to an unknown error.". Despite this message, it seems that the user profile is usually (depending on the settings) created without problems.
I will of course look into this problem as soon as I get a chance and post an update here when I get it working again.
Welcome to Aphorisms Galore! 2.0
This is the beta version of Aphorisms Galore! 2.0. "2.0" means that a lot has changed -- in fact, almost everything has been entirely rebuilt from the ground up to accommodate the site's growing popularity (which has been causing some stability problems lately) and to make it possible to create new and more advanced features. "Beta" means that everything is not in place yet, and that there may be bugs lurking in the shadows.
The biggest news so far is the Forums section, which lets you participate in discussions on a large number of different topics. You can discuss categories, authors and even individual aphorisms, as well as books and other products in the upcoming Shopping section.
The Aphorisms Galore! Shop Opens
The Aphorisms Galore! Shop opens, making it easier to find the best deals on books and other items associated with various aphorisms.
Subscriptions Not Working
The script that sends out the Aphorism of the Day and the Aphorism of the Week is currently not working. I am working on this problem and hope to have solved it soon.
Aphorisms Galore! was temporarily out during Thursday and Friday but is now back up. No user profiles or other data were lost.
Search Engine Improvements
A new search options page that lets you search only certain categories, choose matching modes, and more.
The Help Section Opens
The first few pages have been included in the "Help" section. More will follow. And the home page has a new and better layout.
Shop for Books from Alphabetstreet
Through a co-operation with Alphabetstreet, Aphorisms Galore! now also offers the possibility of buying books in pounds sterling.
Buy Books from Amazon.com
Aphorisms Galore! now works with Amazon.com to let users easily buy books mentioned on the site.
Get Personal with Aphorisms Galore!
The Aphorisms Galore! Personal Edition is now open! Create your profile, select your favorite categories, and easily stay on top of additions to the Aphorisms Galore! database.
Two New Categories
I haven't been very good at updating this page recently. Two new categories have been created: Health and Disease and Food and Drink. Also, I have begun to add new aphorisms to the database again. The Personal section will open within the next week.
Aphorisms Galore! Search
The search engine finally works! Try it from the home page.
The Art and Literature category.
The results are in from the User Survey.
Tell Me What You Think
A user survey that will help me improve the site. Please take a minute to answer a few questions and help make Aphorisms Galore! a better place.
New Server, New Address
Aphorisms Galore! moves to a new server and gets its own domain name. The move has required a fair amount of preparations, which is my excuse for the infrequent updates lately. Improvements and new features to come.
Aphorisms Galore! Goes Four Digits
Aphorisms Galore! passes the 1,000 aphorisms mark -- and my sources are far from exhausted yet. My thanks to all the people who have contributed their favorite sayings.