07 October 2014

Error in Delicious Post when posting a page or link to Delicious

Ever since Delicious was taken over by Science Inc. (its third owner, after changing hands from its original founder to Yahoo!, then to AVOS), there have been some strange, intermittent errors reported by some users -- and noticed by Yours Truly as well.  (Yes, I use my own extension daily and consider myself its Number One user.  Feel free to peruse my Delicious bookmarks at your leisure.)

(Non-)Error When Posting

Sometimes, when posting a page or link to Delicious using Delicious Post, it takes a long time for the posting to occur, as evident by the animated status bar icon which never seems to go away.  Afterwards, you may get an error such as the following:

An error you may encounter from Delicious Post.

The message may be different; it may read: "Failed to post to Delicious: error adding link."

In the past, the bookmark for the page or link you were trying to post with Delicious Post was not created because of these errors.  But now, despite these errors, your new Delicious bookmark may be successfully created.  Log in to your Delicious page to confirm.

These mysterious errors are coming from Delicious.com; Delicious Post is simply relaying these errors back to you.

Authentication Failed

If you try to post a page or link using Delicious Post, you may get the error: "Authentication failed."  The bookmark will not be created.

If this happens, try opening a new browser tab, log in to your Delicious account, then try again.

Don't log out of the Delicious website; simply close the browser tab.  As long as your Delicious website login remains active, you won't get this error anymore.

This error may be a consequence of Delicious Post relying on the old authentication mechanism, as opposed to the new OAuth 2.0 API that should be used.  I've never been able to get that to work due to the inaccurate OAuth documentation that the Science developers have provided.  There is no developer forum for Delicious that I've seen, and an email that I sent to them has been ignored.

Update: The "Authentication failed" error will persist if Firefox is in Private Browsing mode, even if you are already logged in to Delicious.com.  Unfortunately, this means that Delicious Post is not compatible with Private Browsing mode.

06 October 2014

Clippings 4.1.1 released!

A minor release of Clippings is now available from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.  This release addresses a few minor issues as well as a significant breakage on a recent nightly build of Firefox 35.

If you already have an older version of Clippings installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Extension Manager (Tools → Add-ons), then right-click on the entry for Clippings in the list of installed extensions and choose Find Update.

What's New
  • Bug fix: Clippings does not work (missing context menu item, shortcut key prefix unresponsive) on Firefox 35 nightly build (issue #18)
  • Bug fix: Shortcut key list is duplicated when Print or Save is repeatedly invoked in the Clippings Shortcut Keys window (issue #14)
  • Other minor fixes

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Clippings should be directed to the AE Creations forums, now hosted on Google Groups.