Yes, Planet Xavier is currently to the brim with incredibly old entries. I’ve upgraded pX again, this time to version 1.0.0 (patch 5) from Jeff Waugh’s development repository. So all those Xangas, which don’t have properly encoded dates, are stuck up there at the top, until the rest of us push those entries down by blogging some more. C’mon, it’s Spring Break: many of us are still stuck at home; we can do it!
In other news, the exclusion mechanism finally works now, so you can put the following code anywhere in one of your posts:
And if that code is unsatisfactory for you, I can customize it for your particular blog. Just let me know, and we can work something out. Also, feel free to put it in HTML comments, so the code itself won’t show up on your blog entry:
<!-- PLANET_GO_AWAY -->
So far I’ve found the comment trick to work in Movable Type, Blogger, Bloglines, and MSN Spaces. It also presumably works in TypePad, WordPress, GreyMatter, Blosxom, Radio, Manila, etc.
If the code doesn’t work at first, you may have to stick the comment in the middle your entry’s text to get it to work. The comment technique doesn’t work in LiveJournal, and I’m not confident that it’ll work in Xanga (someone please test it out for me). But you can stick the exclude code in a really small font, and it’ll still work. And besides, LiveJournal lets you mark a post as “Private” anyways, if it’s that personal.
This is to be used sparingly; if you regularly post highly personal stuff, it’s probably safer to go with your blogging service’s “Private” feature, since that’s sure to work even if Planet goes bizzerk for some reason.
[Update] Sorry for not being clear about this: I was asking for someone to test whether the commented-out code would work in Xanga. I know the uncommented code works, because the code appears in the feed that pX reads. But I was trying to find out whether Xanga strips HTML comments out once you post.