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Subtitle: I fixed it!

The bug that had prevented me from adding any more feeds to WFS is now fixed!  It was surprisingly easy; it had to do with an unescaped apostrophe throwing a wrench in the Javascript in the admin page.  The tricky thing that made it hard to diagnose is that it only threw an error  when you tried to save a new feed AFTER you had added and successfully saved the feed with the apostrophe in the Name field.  Normally, if I run across a bug in the Admin page (of which there are many), I would get an error when I try to submit a newly added feed that it doesn’t like.

I finally found the source when I noticed in Chrome Developer Tools that the Javascript was throwing an error right at the line that had a name with an apostrophe; I then looked at the other two planets that I know are affected and sure enough, it showed the same error at the feeds that had an apostrophe in the name field.  Because single quotes were used around the string value, the apostrophe was treated as the end of the string, when clearly it wasn’t supposed to end there.

Now that the bug is taken care of, I’ve added the remaining intern feeds for this OPW round, so you can now read all the OPW intern blogs on the Women in Free Software planet.  I added a few Google Summer of Code students as well; if there are any other female GSoC student who would like to be added, just let me know!

With these additions, the number of feeds on Women in Free Software planet is now approaching 100, which feels pretty big to me.  There are some folks who don’t always want to read all the blogs in the feed; for example, you might want to only read blogs of people who are working with the same coding language, or working with the same organization.  If this is you, I have a request and a suggestion:

(a) in case you’re not aware, Planeteria enables anyone to make their own planet.  You can make a planet with a much narrower scope if you like and read just those blogs that you want.  Just go to the homepage, fill out the two-field form, and start adding your feeds!  It’s that simple.  This is probably the best approach in the short term; however….

(b) there is a new feature coming down the pipeline that will enable you to sort the feed by tags.  Tell me what catgeory/ies you would like to be able to read within the feed, so that when the time comes to implement it, it will have tags that are useful to the planet’s readers.  Leave a note in the comments!