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Angela I'm Angela. I've been blogging on and off, but I've always been around. I like rambling about anything that strikes my fancy, be it personal endeavors, geeky pursuits, books I'm reading, writing attempts, occasional travel, and the games I play.

 

Enthusiast Anti-spam Addon, and allegations of jumping ship

Gabrielle wrote an Enthusiast anti-spam addon, which may be useful for those of you whose listings have been targeted by spambots. Please check it out if you have this problem, as this may work for you. Thanks so much to Gabrielle for doing this. <3

On the subject of Enthusiast, I would like to assure everybody that I have not “abandoned ship”. Believe you me, I’ve been through a lot because of Enthusiast, from disgruntled users who swear at me or my script, to people who have ripped my script and claimed it as their own. Yes, I have thought of “abandoning ship” plenty of times, and I suppose this might keep happening far into the future.

But I haven’t thrown in the towel just yet.

That doesn’t mean, however, that everything will be oh-so-fine and dandy and scripts will get chugged out of this scripts archive/tech blog at a steady pace. I wish I could, but there are only 24 hours a day, and seven days a week. I am no longer a college student, as the case was when I started Enthusiast all those years ago and virtually no one knew about it.

(I started to break down my time in an attempt to show just how scrapped for time I am, but I decided not to let it go that far.)

Enthusiast is not the only thing I have to put my time on. I have three blogs, and none of them even get updated as regularly as I like. My first love is creative writing, but I can’t even allot proper time for that. If you look at my fanlistings, a whole chunk of them haven’t even had new layouts in a year, some of them over two! I’ve even relegated to using layouts made by others in my journal (and maybe others) in an attempt to cut down on whatever coding I need to do. I’m a developer/designer, coding is what I do, but I can’t have time to whip up a quick CSS file to customize my own things. How sad is that?

Enthusiast is not the only thing I want to do. I have three scripts I want to create, one script that desperately needs a revamp (and I mean really desperately, but guess what? Enth development is still ranked higher), and I have a couple of others (featured here) that needs an update sometime soon. They’re all competing for attention, and I’m trying to manage it all, along with my work as a Yahoo, the little things we need to do daily so that we continue living, take care of my health, interact with the people around me.

That said, Enthusiast is important to me. I don’t think any one of you who are using it can claim that Enthusiast is more important to them than it is to me. It is important to you only so far as it helps you maintain your fanlistings, but Enth as an entity by itself is useless to you. You’re free to move to other scripts if you find Enthusiast lacking, I’m not stopping you.

To those of you who have shown me support, who help others with their Enthusiast installations, who have donated a little bit to my tip jar for my efforts…I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Your show of support does not go unnoticed, and they continue to fuel the work here when times are tough. <3

  • Sorry to read that some jerks give you a hard time – I really love enthusiast and appreciate that you not only share it with us but also give it so much time with all the bug-fixes and improvements.

    I installed Enth for my hostee and she is quite happy with it, too.

    On top of that I always wanted to say that you are my inspiration to take a closer look at php myself – but I’m good for nothing when I’m stressed out. Except maybe for playing with photoshop ;) But I can work out little things for myself already …

  • Hey Angela, I just wanted to jump in and concur with everyone else and say how grateful I am for Enth and how brilliant it really is! And to say thank you for creating it, I also really appreciate the time you put into it <3 I’m sorry that there are people out there too self involved to realise the time and effort you put into this fabulous script!

  • Thanks, Rebecca :) I appreciate your support.

  • I appreciate the immense amount of effort you put in for /free/ scripts.

    The people who are unfair and belligerent about it don’t seem to realize that you’re doing all of this for free. Further more, you’re paying for them to download it off your hosted server.

    The idiots out there also don’t realize, clearly, that your time is not free and you do have other things that you would /like/ to do, as you’ve mentioned above.

    Once again: Thank you so SO much for the ever-helpful scripts you have written! <3

  • Thank you, Adia! :)

  • Adia said:

    *snugs* You rock Angela! Most of us sane folk understand that real-life, work and other commitments should come first. We support you and happily cheer you on. <3

  • Thank you, Ilona, it did make me feel better <3

  • Well, I may not know how exactly you feel but I can imagine.. I would just like to say THANK YOU for this amazing wonderful script. Without it, I couldn’t imagine myself maintaining 30 fanlistings and a fanlisting collective. That number will surely increase in time. I maintained my member lists manually back then and it was a pain in the arse! So once again, thank you! I hope this little writing from me could make you feel better. :D

  • Thank you, Heather and Ash! I really appreciate the time you took in posting your comments and support — I’m not too much of a blog commenter myself, so I quite appreciate the effort. :)

    Ash, there is no “too-long” comment in my book ;)

  • Hey, it’s Ash from the CG forums (not your hissy fit girl! I swear!) and, like some others on here, I don’t usually post on blogs like this (I guess I’m just shy, really) but, like others, I felt compelled to post.

    I absolutely adore Enth! I enjoy not having to delete buttons manually, I enjoy having everything in one place, and though I may fight with it, it’s more-often-than-not user error anyhow and nothing that’s wrong with the script :) I attempted writing a custom script for my meteorology class (based off the Build A Blog tutorial, used to archive daily weather for a class assignment due at the end of the semester) and, well, it was an interesting experience, to say the least. It’s been three years since then and that experience has stayed with me and Ashley’s post was completely uncalled for.

    Well, now that I’ve gone off on a tangent…THANK YOU for your fantastic script. I can’t imagine the kind of effort that went into Enthusiast when I had enough issues with my simple little diddy. Again, THANK YOU. Your efforts make our lives easier :)

    (sorry this was ridiculously long!)

  • Hey Angela, I just wanted to add my appreciation for all your hard work to the other comments left above. I’m also not much of a commenter on blogs, but like others before me I feel that this is an important cause for me to add my thanks to :) You also have my sympathy on dealing with the ‘bad side’ of enth, I have run online RPGs online for years and I’ve had my own fair share of crap from people. Hopefully these comments will remind you that people do appreciate all your hard work.

  • Thank you everyone! Your show of support is very much appreciated <3

    @Hikoto: yes, we should sometime! :)