Tuesday, October 09, 2018

20 Years Ago on AOL.com: Oct. 9, 1998: Baseball, Spinal Tap, and Errors

October 9, 1998: More baseball. Threw in an obvious "Hello, Cleveland!" Spinal Tap reference, probably because I was getting bored with baseball playoff promos.

This is probably also a good time to admit to something that happened earlier in the playoffs: I forget which matchup it was, but I got one of the teams wrong. We only found out  that I'd put one of wrong teams into the playoffs after some members posted about it to the AOL.com redesign feedback message boards, which we checked pretty regularly after every design change.

We didn't really have a rigorous QA or editing process for content back then—I basically did it all myself.

[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

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