News Sniffer was down for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon whilst I upgraded the software that runs it. This fixes a few display bugs and more importantly patches up another problem where bbc comments were being misclassed as censored. The misclassification was due to a mistake when handling british summer time, so it’s only been prevalent since the end of March. We double checked all censored comment from the last few months and removed any misclassified ones.
Due to the downtime whilst we cleaned and reindexed the database, some news articles and bbc comments were not added to the database so will not be tracked. So, if you’re looking for a particular news article published yesterday afternoon, it’s likely that it is missing. Apologies for the inconvenience.
The biggest new feature is vastly improved search system.
It works like most search engines, so just type keywords in and you get results. You can be a bit more advanced too though. Say you want to find all censored bbc comments by the author ‘John Smith’. Do a search for:
You want all the comments mentioning the NHS but to exclude any mentioning Patricia Hewitt:
Maybe you want to find all censored bbc comments with the words ‘iran’ and ‘bomb’ made in April 2007:
iran bomb created_at:200704*
To find a particular bbc comment, you can search on the bbc’s own comment id number:
To get all Revisionista news articles with the work ‘iraq’ in the title published today (19th April 2007):