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Windows Live Writer: making the Internet a better place

Does this look familiar?

Temporary Post Used For Style Detection (14debf21-5e75-4077-9bf0-88d425739dc7)

This is a temporary post that was not deleted. Please delete this manually. (f19173c9-9b1f-4430-8823-bae7c95236a0)

Seriously. Enough with this already. I'm gonna hurt somebody.

If you're not in on the joke, it's an artifact of Microsoft's Windows Live Writer blogging tool. It generates "hidden" skeleton blog posts to detect CSS styles in its editor, but these posts somehow keep showing up in my aggregator. And that's annoying.

There are also 19,500 google results for the phrase "temporary post used for style detection". Gee, thanks, Windows Live Writer. That's exactly 19,499 too many. This post is actually useful, since it describes the problem in more detail.

On the plus side, I did get the chance to bring two new GUIDs into the world. And you know how I love GUIDs.

Written by Jeff Atwood

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