Ajay Shah's home page -- guide to using my blog


How to run a search
How to look at a subject
How to come back to my blog once in a while
How to get an email containing all new material
How to read using an RSS feedreader
What is this RSS feedreader business
But RSS is passe!
Comments
Pointing something to me
Syndication
Quoting in the press


How to run a search

Suppose you are interested in diamonds. Go to google and run a search for:

       "ajay shah" blog diamonds

Or, go to the blog, and type in the search phrase:

       diamonds

in the entry available at the top left.

How to look at a subject

On the right hand side of my blog's front page, there is a list of `labels' which are subject codes. If you click on any of these labels, you will get all blog entries which are on this subject. The URL associated with any of these labels is a permalink.

How to come back to my blog once in a while

You can put the URL of the blog - http://ajayshahblog.blogspot.com - into the bookmarks of your web browser and come back once in a while.

How to get an email containing all new material

On the right hand side of the blog page, I have an entry where you can type in your email address. Just submitting your email address there doesn't do the trick. One email is sent to your email address address and you have to confirm that it was indeed you that requested this service.

Once this is done, you will get atmost one email a day, containing all new material written in the previous day (if there is any).

I often edit a pre-existing blog entry. These edits, and comments on posts, are not sent out afresh by email. So this email based technique doesn't quite get you all the content. If you'd like to do better, you have to periodically look at the blog manually.

How to read using an RSS feedreader

The URL of the feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/AjayShahsBlog - you can feed this to your RSS feedreader.

When I edit pre-existing blog entries, no fresh RSS record comes out. If you'd like to do better, you have to periodically look at the blog manually.

What is this RSS feedreader business?

When you use an RSS feedreader, you would be able to never come to my blog page. When something new arrives, the "RSS feed" tells your RSS feedreader that something new has come up. You are then only shown the new material. It reduces the work that your mind has to do in parsing old material which have already seen before.

There are many, many RSS feedreaders. Two choices which are worth trying out are bloglines and google reader. To use either of these, you have to go through the following steps. First, setup an account. Then supply him with one or more RSS feeds (e.g. the URL of my feed shown above). After this, you settle down to read using the RSS feedreader. Don't bother going to the page; only go to the reader. Only new material will be shown to you.

With google reader, it's slightly odd. Get started by adding subscriptions, and then paste the feed URL into the place where he lets you "search and browse". It looks confusing because he seems to be asking for "Keywords" - that's where you paste in the feed URL which is http://feeds.feedburner.com/AjayShahsBlog - and then it works. Then click on "subscribe" and you are in.

But RSS is passe!

Okay, use my twitter feed.

Comments

One of the great things about blogging is the discussions that sometimes erupt in the comments.

I request you to engage in discussion in the comments using polite language. Focus on the argument and not your depth of conviction. Tell us why X is wrong; don't just scream that X is wrong.

Quality control: I get an email alert when any comment appears. Three kinds of comments invite swift action by me:

I guarantee that I will delete the first two kinds of comments. I am sometimes fast, and I'm sometimes slow, but I will take the trouble to delete comments with spam or offensive language.

Egregious offendors in this regard involve businesses who seem to recruit staff that randomly sprays commentspam. If you do this to my blog, I will put you up in the lights on my blog, telling all my readers that you are an unethical establishment that nobody must do business with.

Disagreeing with me is perfectly okay, foul language is not okay, personal attacks are not okay. Focus on the ideas of the author, and offer logic and evidence that suggests otherwise. Don't attack the author as a person.

I am much more likely to delete comments with poor spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you could not be bothered to take care when writing a comment, why should all of us be bothered to read your comment?

Freedom of speech as a concept does not have much of a place in the Indian legal system. If you write something into a comment which runs afoul of the law, this would get me into trouble. I delete such comments. If you see a comment which would violate the law of the land which I have not removed, please do tell me of it.

Anonymity: Many people are not comfortable writing comments with their true names attached. There are two easy solutions. You could make a fake identity and write comments under that - in which case all your comments appear under a single identity, and you get email alerts about discussions that you've been in from blogger. Or, you can post anonymous comments - in which case your identity is merged with all other anonymous commentators and you get no email alerts. Fake identities are the tool of choice for people who want to engage in serious discussion but desire anonymity.

Pointing something to me

You have written something or seen something that you'd like me to see? Sure, send me email.

Syndication

All the content on my blog is in the public domain and you can use it subject to the following conditions:

  1. Every single letter of the original content must be reproduced, including hyperlinks, tables, graphs. If you are doing something in print format, then exclusion of URLs in the hardcopy is okay.
  2. Every time a post is carried, you must show authorship and you must supply full citation information.
    At the top, right next to the title, show the author.
    At the bottom, show full citation information. You must show the original title, author(s), my blog as the source (with a link), and the date. The URL for the post must be either embedded or utilised as a hyperlink. Examples:

    Source: Fouling up finance: Same old questions, wrong old answers, by Percy Mistry, Ajay Shah's blog, 31 March 2008. URL http://ajayshahblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/fouling-up-finance-same-old-questions_31.html
    Source: India - a `socialist secular democratic republic'?, by Kaushik Krishnan and Ajay Shah, Ajay Shah's blog, 15 January 2008.
    Source: The Indian diamond trade - notes from a field visit, by Ajay Shah, Ajay Shah's blog, 16 July 2006. URL http://ajayshahblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/indian-diamond-trade-notes-from-field.html.

Be careful. The right to redistribute applies only for the original content of my blog. If there is material on my blog which was published elsewhere - e.g. Financial Express or Business Standard - then you have to take permission from them in the event you want to republish this somewhere else.

Quoting in the press

You can quote me based on what is written on the blog. As an example, you could say: Writing in his blog on 12 October 2007, Ajay Shah says "the share of currency trading in India needs to grow by five to six times in achieving a minimal role in the global financial market".

In this, be careful to understand authorship. Sometimes, there is text that I have written in the blog. Sometimes, I link to my own articles - which have their own citation information, but do not constitute blog content. I generally quote other people in italics and it should be obvious from the context that it is someone else speaking and not me. There are blog entries by others, and blog entries which are joint work with others. With a little care, you will avoid the mistake of attributing sentences by other people to me.

Here is an example: this blog post was used in this newspaper article with wrong citation. Instead of the text "In a recent research paper,", it should have read "In an article on Ajay Shah's blog,".


Ajay Shah,
http://www.mayin.org/ajayshah ajayshah@mayin.org