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November 3, 2001
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Need a job? Read the source code.
posted by dchase (21 comments total)

 
WELCOME TO BOSTON.COM!...

And by the way, don't be afraid to send us your resume! We may not be hiring at this exact moment; however, we're always looking for smart, creative, entrepreneurial individuals who can help us build the best regional Web site on the planet ... the fact that you're looking at our code means that you're probably better than most candidates!

posted by dchase at 5:06 PM on November 3, 2001


Just a question here; but how on earth did you discover this!?
posted by Dark Messiah at 5:08 PM on November 3, 2001


I was under the assumption that if you were looking to hire someone, a job ad in a paper with decent circulation was the way to go, not a dark corner of the web where no one will see it. Not all web designers look at the source on every page (especially on a site as nondescript as boston.com). Strange.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:09 PM on November 3, 2001


how on earth did you discover this!?

Some text that's clearly part of some tag gets redered at the top of the page when viewed in IE 6. I checked out the source to find out why.

posted by dchase at 5:24 PM on November 3, 2001


the fact that you're looking at our code means that you're probably better than most candidates!

The man's got a point !
I love this idea, really. They probably mostly expect geeks and nerds to write them about this :
- I saw your ad ?
- An ad ? What ad ?
- Err... the one in the source-code ?
- Oh, THAT one... Hold on a second, please...
posted by XiBe at 5:27 PM on November 3, 2001


Nonsense.
posted by internook at 5:29 PM on November 3, 2001


Part of the source code is BLINKING (in my version of Netscape, at least)! What the hell is that about?

And I almost made the word BLINKING blink in this post, but I figured it'd just annoy people.
posted by diddlegnome at 5:34 PM on November 3, 2001


diddlegnome - This usually means there's an HTML coding error. I'd tell you what specifically, but then you'd get the job instead of me!
posted by kirkaracha at 5:40 PM on November 3, 2001


This reminds me of that game hidden inside excel. What was it...and while we are at it....how do you get to it?
posted by Voyageman at 5:43 PM on November 3, 2001


And before you steal our source code or graphics, remember that the source and contents of this document and all other Boston.com and Boston Globe documents is copyright 1999.

1999?
posted by Optamystic at 5:47 PM on November 3, 2001


"If you find anything wrong with our code, or if you know of ways you can improve Boston.com's speed..." blah blah blah.. My guess is they have purposefully put at least one 'mistake' in the page's code, so that it might encourage people to write them back and show the error. This way the employer already knows that the candidate is smart enough to see what's wrong with code.

Kinda reminds me of the laundromat that purposefully put all of its store signs upside down. Just to get attention.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:53 PM on November 3, 2001


Voyageman: The coders hid a flight simulator in Excel 97. Details here.
posted by Su at 6:47 PM on November 3, 2001


It might shave but mere bits, but one way to increase boston.com's speed might be to take crap out of the source code in the first place. It's just more text to be downloaded. True, its menial and the impact would be trivial, but hey, they asked.
posted by benjh at 6:57 PM on November 3, 2001


Sounds like a bunch of disclaimers and warnings about copyright than the mystery job ad most of you assuming it is. Afterall you are looking at their source code.

The "send us your resume" is there just to smooth the message over. If that wasn't there MeFi'ers would probably be complaining about how crazy intellectual property laws are.

Something tells me that if you call up and mention the hidden ad the in source code you're going to get nothing but a, "What are you talking about?"
posted by skallas at 8:04 PM on November 3, 2001


"HERE STARTS THE SPONSOR COLUMN"
posted by starduck at 8:23 PM on November 3, 2001


I think I figured out why the code is blinking in Netscape....there is no closing tag for . Am I correct? Studying to be a Web Developer so would appreciate knowing if I am right.
posted by carolinagrl at 9:31 PM on November 3, 2001


whoops it wouldnt post my tag...no closing tag for wire_Hertz.
posted by carolinagrl at 9:46 PM on November 3, 2001


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posted by dhartung at 10:36 PM on November 3, 2001


Re: hidden games in Excel, another biggy is Spy Hunter in Excel 2000.
posted by Mrmuhnrmuh at 11:48 PM on November 3, 2001


Another hidden game in Excel is The Hall of Tortured Souls. You had to negotiate your way down a path and at the end you see photos of the folks that worked on Excel 97 (I think).
posted by Oriole Adams at 7:33 AM on November 4, 2001




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