Anyone who is running a pretty big WPMu installation will sooner or later come to hate Microsoft Word in the unlikely event they don’t already. I can’t count the number of times I have seen it break themes over the last two years. And, truth be told, at least 90% of the issues people are having with their blogs are related to the malignant code in Word they unknowingly copy into the text editor. I’ve learned to live with this, and I make sure to try and educate as many people as I can about the evil ways of this software and the power of the MS Word Stripper feature in the WordPress Visual Text Editor.
But today I found a far more insidious and potentially devastating strain of the MS Word text encoding cancer: the RSS feed breaker strain. I got a note from a student that her posts weren’t republishing in the class aggregator blog. I checked the tag she was using to feed the posts, and she was doing everything correctly. Then I checked the sitewide feed for her tag, and I realized it wasn’t working with FeedWordPress. I immediately thought, “God Damn it!” there goes FeedWordPress, and it has been nothing but awesome all semester, my hopes were crushed. So, I tried a million other things all to no avail, and then I tried validating the feed for that one Sitewide tag, and it came back as broken. Seems like there was a problem on line 292:
Once I removed the above code from the student’s post, the feed worked fine again. But MS Word has stepped over the line, it has gone too far now. It’s messing with my feeds! It’s fucking with my livlihood!! It’s as if Bill gates himself showed up at more door and stole food from my kids’ plates….I’ve had enough. I’m done! I declare class war on MS Word, I will seek out and comment on every single blog that copies a MS Word code into a post. I will make sure they know they are potentially destroying not only UMW Blogs, but my family as well. I’ll also inform them that they will be held individually accountable come the day of reckoning. You want a fight MS Word, you got it, I’m taking you down. I kicked BlackBoard’s ass, now you’re next.