This is a thank-you note to whoever coded the FPP submission system.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to MetaFilter-Related at 8:13 AM (37 comments total)
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Yesterday I put together my first FPP! I found a cool site I wanted to share and wrote up a bit of commentary with related links to fill it out. I searched the archives fairly thoroughly and couldn't find any previous posts about the site. So I clicked the preview button to proofread the post for typos and broken tags.
Apparently there's a process that runs at FPP preview to compare the URLs of all links against all previous FPP links on MetaFilter. I wasn't aware of this feature but indeed, it turned up a post from as recently as last June about exactly the same site I was linking to. I was sad that I had unnecessarily written up a whole post, but relieved that the double was caught before I embarrassed myself on the blue.
So, thanks to whoever built that little feature. I want my first FPP to be a success, and you saved this attempt from blowing up in my face. I think it's established that the archive search tool is somewhat... lacking at the moment, but this failsafe was a welcome surprise that compensated for it.