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What a long, strange trip it’s been. As some of you may know, the direction of the show had veered from the hardcore topics we had in the past. At first this seemed like a good idea considering that the playstyle of the game seemed to have changed. However, over time, we started getting lots of emails from people stating that they were unhappy with the show’s new direction. The comments on iTunes reflected that as well. It was disheartening since I put over five years of work into this show (where were you people when we needed five-star reviews?).
Things were getting bad. The positive emails stopped coming in and were replaced with “WTF?” emails about the direction the show was going in. I expressed my feelings about this to Alachia and to make a long story short, she gracefully and respectfully decided to step down as co-host. She hasn’t played WoW in months, so it was difficult to talk about topics when our interests in the game were diverging greatly, especially when I was still playing daily. It was sad to read that, but understandable. There’s still a mic open for Alachia anytime. She still remains my inspiration for looking at the game differently, and is still one of my good friends.
One common thread amongst the emails I got was to bring back Lindyen. He hasn’t been on the show regularly in almost five years, but people keep asking for him to come back. I now announce that starting today, Lindyen will be the new co-host of Warcast…again. We hope to bring the hardcore discussions back to the show that were left behind.
Thanks to everyone for your support, and let your friends know that the show is back, baby! Lindy will be here in about two hours and we’ll be recording then.
This morning, I wrote a polite email to Steve Jobs asking for some kind of help in getting my podcast URL fixed. I spent weeks trying to get it done from the outside, so I figured I’d try and get the URL fixed from the top down. I didn’t expect an immediate response, but as time ticked on today, I realized that the feed was never going to get fixed. I never heard back from Steve, nor did I expect to. I was that desperate, though.
Just when I was about to give up and add a new podcast feed to iTunes, @askbuxley came to the rescue and got in touch with a friend of his at Apple that fixed the podcast URL for me. Thanks so much to Buxley for that.
You may need to unsubscribe and resubscribe to fix the URL if you were only able to see up to episode 103, but if you have 104 in your feed list, you’re golden.
You’re probably wondering why the site has reverted to what it looked like 18 months ago, and why the XML feed is borked. We moved to Blogspot because Alachia was familiar with it and she did more writing than I did. I put in a redirect into index.html so that the only thing that would happen is that visitors to the main site would get redirected, and it wouldn’t affect any of the site’s subdomains. If I were to do an entire site redirect (eg: forwarding all of worldofwarcast.com to blogspot.com), then it would break everything.
About a week ago, iTunes somehow took that redirect and used it internally. I have no idea how or why.
So, it’s like this:
http://www.worldofwarcast.com got changed to http://warcastpodcast.blogspot.com/
Please note the / at the end of the blogspot URL.
iTunes then replaced the one URL with the other, so the feed URL:
The blogspot URL had a / at the end of it, whereas the warcast URL did not, so an extra / got added before podcast.xml.
The reason why we’re getting Error 400’s from that URL is because Google/Blogspot treats the // before podcast.xml as a badly formed URL. Also, Blogspot no longer allows users to manage a .htaccess file, so I have no way of fixing this on my end. If Blogspot didn’t treat the // as bad form, I could set up a missing files table to point to the right file on worldofwarcast.com (and I did), but I have to fix it on Blogspot’s servers.
So this is where I am now: iTunes has an internal bad URL that I can’t fix. I have no control over that file inside iTunes, and I can’t fix the Error 400 because Blogspot doesn’t allow you to. That means the XML URL in iTunes is in limbo.
I’ve written up two tickets to Apple, and posted on both Google’s and Apple’s support forums asking for help from someone. I know that there are times when Apple employees have fixed URLs for people, but if this doesn’t get fixed properly, that means I’ll have to scream at Apple a little louder, or email Steve (and yes, I will do that to get this fixed). The worst case scenario is I create a new podcast on iTunes with a slightly different title. I shouldn’t have to do this. iTunes has a “delete my podcast” form, why don’t they have a “fix my podcast” form?
In the meantime, if you have a running subscription to the show, you’re golden. If you need to subscribe on a new system, you’ll have to manually subscribe to the link at the bottom of this article. Until this gets fixed, iTunes will continue to show the feed up until the last known good episode which is 103, and episode 104 is out. If you’re looking at the feed from an iPad or an iPhone using iTunes, you won’t see anything past episode 103.
One of the biggest problems I have with Blogspot is that you have no control over anything that resembles running a real site. You can’t upload anything except pictures, and if something odd goes wrong with your site (like what happened to me), there are very limited tools to help fix it. If this happened to something I hosted myself, I could have fixed it in 10 seconds, or called someone at my hosting company. There’s nobody to call at Google. I think the best Google offers is a custom 404 and a 301 redirect, but the 301 doesn’t help fix the Error 400 since it has to get past that first, and can’t.
For now, I’m going to have to leave this site as is. You can still get to the old Blogspot blog from the link at the bottom of this article, but I think that URL redirection in this case is something that’s going to have to go away. I don’t like not having control over the content, and in this case, it’s preventing people from accessing the show.
Blogspot URL: http://warcastpodcast.blogspot.com
Hi everyone. I have decided to move the Warcast forums into a new location for the simple reason that I have only one vBulletin license, and I didn’t want to either pay for a new license or have to manage two different types of forums. All users that have at least one post still have active accounts. All the forums are there, as well as PMs. Users that had no posts had to be pruned because there were so many spam accounts that I just did a complete wipe of inactive accounts. It was affecting our hosting since all the bounced emails were getting sent to me several times a day, and the best way to combat it was to just wipe all accounts that had no posts.
We hope that you continue to use the forums as before, and join with the Geekistry community there.
For those of you that don’t know, alltop.com is a site that aggregates news of a certain category and places the top sites in a list for people to browse through. For World Of Warcraft, our site made the list.
http://world-of-warcraft.alltop.com/ (scroll to the bottom)
I started the show as a way to continue doing broadcasting of some kind after there were all these broadcast fees with copyrighted music. I had a background in radio and loved doing it as a hobby, but it was impractical on the internet.
I also like teaching people. I guess it came from having teachers as parents, but I despised teaching. My dad let me teach his physics class a few times and it was great, but his stories about politics and the crap he took from students really turned me off from teaching as a profession.
I also don’t like teaching computer science. I don’t know why because I love reading about it. I think there’s something a little cold about computers that I can’t bring to people, but I can teach gameplay. World Of Warcraft allows people do to so much and I feel privileged that people still listen to the show after all these years and hear what we have to say.
So I’d like to thank everyone involved in the show in every way: the listeners, the bloggers, the fellow podcasters, the guests, Blizzard, Lindyen, and of course, Renata for her undying dedication to this show.
I’m moving the whole thing to WordPress!
And other goodies.
Don’t you just LOVE surprises? Ren and I will be doing the show together for the first time on Thursday. Why? That’s the surprise….
So, even on my 1920×1200 screen, I don’t always see everything on the iTunes main page. For no reason, I decided to scroll to the bottom of the Podcast section and I found this:
Finally! We all get our own podcast section. And it’s kindasorta named after us.
Anyway, grats to all the WoW podcasters out there.