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‘Ninny-Sourcing: STOP THE PRESSES!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 07, 2011

Sometime overnight, a reader (DE) created a webcrawl that prowled through Keepa and extracted all the titles and URLs! Unbelievable … at least to someone like me who knows what buttons to push to make posts publish, but doesn’t have a clue as to teaching a computer to do new things.

David and Coffinberry and EmiG have all sent in files for their months, rapidly and accurately and exactly as I had asked, and there are probably several others who have already got started on other months. Thank you all for your time, and please know how much I appreciate your willingness. Also, J. Stapley found a page on the Wayback Machine that, while it didn’t give me the links and coding I need, will help me greatly in getting these entries realphabetized.

For now, let’s call off the project. I’ll get to work on the rest of the processing, and turn back to you for help if there’s anything else that can be outsourced.

You are all wonderful.




  1. I haven’t been on the computer this weekend until now. Are you sure you don’t need any more help, because I could do something. I’m sorry that this happened to you. We all use the topical guide all the time.

    Comment by Maurine Ward — November 7, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  2. And here I thought I was probably the only Keepanerd who used the topical guide!

    Comment by David Y. — November 7, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  3. Thanks. There’s still a lot of manual work to do that I don’t know how to farm out, but DE and J. Stapley did the lion’s share — DE with his webcrawler, and J. by retrieving a big chunk of the alphabetized list from the Wayback Machine.

    Month in, month out, the Topical Guide shows up in my stats page as the 4th most-used page on Keepa. I wondered if perhaps that was only because spammers were mining it for the links, but from the response to this project I think there must really be a lot of you who use it. That’s kinda cool, from my perspective!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 7, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  4. Wow. I never noticed that link. If it hadn’t gotten messed up, I’d have probably lived my life without knowing it was there. Now I can’t wait for it to be fixed.

    Comment by Left Field — November 7, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  5. I’ve never noticed the Topical Guide- but had intended to offer help with your indexing project today, now the ‘scientifical ‘people’ have saved the day. Hurrah! Very impressed!

    Comment by Anne (UK) — November 8, 2011 @ 9:00 am

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