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A new problem: During the middle of 2011, we added the Google + 1 button to the home page and each of our essays. It is a type of "like" button that you are invited to click on if you enjoyed the essay. One appeared at the top of this page ^^^ just under the Religious Tolerance banner. It looked like this:

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To the right of the button is a counter indicating the total number of people who clicked on the button.

But about 2012-MAR-14, the button changed to something really weird:

Distorted Plus 1 button

We suspect that most visitors won't have the foggiest notion what the button is for. And so they won't click on it.

We thought that the new button design was an error by Google. We e-mailed our Google Plus 1 contact for help to fix the button. But, judging by a Google website, this button is exactly what they intend. Strange!

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bullet Page Rank: Google ranks web sites according to their perception of the site's "importance." They rated themselves, alone, as 10 out of 10; Yahoo is 9; MSN is 8. This site has been rated at 7 for many years.
bullet Attacks on our site: We are continually fending off attacks on our website by a person or persons unknown. We have experienced at least two DoS (denial of service) attacks. This involves a very large number of computers being programmed to access this web site and reduce our web host's server's ability to cope with the traffic.
bullet Site metrics: During the week ending 2008-APR-26, traffic on this website reached a hew high.  It handled 9.8 million hits, 1.8 million page views, 107 Gigabytes of traffic, and 449,734 visitors. The number of hits is an almost meaningless number. However, webmasters delight in quoting them because they are so large in comparison to other numbers.
bullet Upgrading: We are systematically reviewing and upgrading some each day until the entire site is covered. This will reduce our capacity to write new essays, but will increase the quality of our existing essays.
bullet New essays: Information about recently added essays, those that have been greatly updated, and essays planned for the future is online.
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