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The ecosystem is a mess

Posted by Richard on September 1, 2008

Those of you who pay attention to my TTLB Ecosystem ranking (see right sidebar) may be wondering how I went from a Large Mammal to a Wiggly Worm in such short order. Well, the ecosystem rankings have gone all to hell. The rankings are currently filled with dead sites you've never heard of and 403 Forbidden pages from Blogspot. I searched for my blog and couldn't find it. I searched for Instapundit and couldn't find that either!

I don't know if this is a temporary problem, or if N.Z. Bear has simply abandoned the project, or if it's something else. If anyone has a clue, let me know.

UPDATE (9/2): Well, the ecosystem seems to be back to normal, so I suppose it was just a temporary problem with the MySQL database as Jed suggested in the comments. But the Ubercarnival and Hot Topics still aren't working, which is a shame.

Anyway, the dead blogs and 403s are gone, the bigwigs like Daily Kos, Instapundit, and Michelle Malkin are back where they belong, and I'm back to my "rightful" place in the lower half of the Large Mammals contingent. I wouldn't mind going back to Maurauding Marsupial, really, because I like this picture of one of those: 

Tasmanian devil

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2 Responses to “The ecosystem is a mess”

  1. jed said

    Considering this error on the site itself, I think he might have been messing with some code and b0rked it up.

    Warning: mysql_fetch_array(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL result resource in /home/nzbear/public_html/showdetails.php on line 195

    However, the TTLB Ecosystem, while at one time fun and interesting, has been plagued by issues over the years. Other than just now, I haven’t checked my rank for months, and rarely do. The only reason it’s still in my footer is sheer laziness on my part. NZ Bear has done some cool things, but if I’m worried about my popularity, I can just check my traffic.

  2. rgcombs said

    Yeah, there are definitely some DB problems. If you click the Ubercarnival link, you get the message “Could not open database.”

    I never really obsessed about my ranking (in fact, I rather liked being a Maurauding Marsupial and still have a great Tasmanian devil picture to go with that; Large Mammal is rather bland in comparison). But it was fun and interesting.

    And I hate to see the whole thing come apart. Besides the rankings, TTLB provided other useful functions like the community pages (the Latest and Most Popular features on those are now returning “invalid argument” errors) and the carnival clearinghouse.

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