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Originally posted by beancloud
thats the link.
I followed her postingings after the 10-14 ordeal because her message appeals to me and it also lead me to this site. Now I wonder if reading this site is such a good thing.
Now, I'm really curious. I had been following that thread waiting for something juicy and now it's gone. Very Weird. ATS should atleast say why it closed that thread.
From talking to Cliff this week, here's the problem in a nutshell: There will be a long delay before any more ALTA work can be posted. That's because some damn fool went and posted the copyrighted material all over the internet...and that makes it nigh on to impossible to do a run.
Here's why whoever posted the material basically scuttled the whole project: The bots begin by going out and reading samples of interesting posts in all kinds of forums and discussion groups. BUT, since posting of the ALTA report has now been done, whoever posted it has basically poisoned the posting forum so we have to take that one off the list of forum otherwise we'd simply be sampling our own data....you following this? It sets up something like a feedback loop.
OK, if it was just one forum, it would be a relatively simple matter to resolve. A single site filter, or just drop that one site from spidering and off we go to the other hundreds of thousands of others on the 'net.
But then along come the cross-posters. These are the folks that take something posted on one forum and then repost it to another. You starting to 'get it'? Once the extract of 1309 was posted it spread like wildfire...such that the size of the filter writing just to weed out our own stuff becomes a monumental task of about a man-month.
And that's a serious programmer man-month, comprised of 12-14 hour days of code writing, testing, and so on. So 2-3 months if a normal schedule is included, and testing after that.