Problem with Intelligence Training and Story Titles

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I'm not sure when this started, but I noticed today that some stories I was sure I had trained to be filtered out were appearing in my feeds. However, when I looked at the Intelligence Trainer data for the feed, the phrases indeed weren't there.

Figuring user error, I tried to re-train a story. I selected the part of the title I wanted to use for filtering, hit thumbs down and then "Save training." The trained story (along with others matching the criteria) shows in list mode with its icon turned red. In other words, all indications are that the training process worked fine.

However, once I closed and re-opened the feed, the stories appeared once again. If I open Intelligence Trainer for the feed, what I just trained does not appear in "Titles and Phrases" (title phrases I have trained in the past do show up).

Tried the same process in another feed -- even tried another browser -- same results.

On a whim, I trained a story by tag, and that worked fine...so it appears that it is only title-based training that is broken for me.
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bill.waldron

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Anthony Lieuallen

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I'm noticing this as well. Firefox user. Trying to train on story titles just plain doesn't work.

Right now, I'm tired of hearing about Edward Snowden. So each time his name shows up I pick intelligence trainer on that item, select Snowden and thumbs-down it. And he keeps coming back.

screenshot after training in firefox

The screenshot shows the red dot and Snowden in red, and the Firebug console showing the request that claims to have saved it. But if I reload that feed that item comes back with a grey dot and Snowden is no longer colored red. Comparing it to an equivalent from chrome:

screenshot after training in chrome

Chrome is posting "dislike_title" while Firefox is posting "remove_like_title". Chrome's training has now stuck.
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Holy cow, FF is sending "remove_like_title"? That's removing an active classifier. You want a dislike_title. The opposite would be remove_dislike_title. So FF thinks it's already trained. Too bad I'm not able to reproduce it. It's sending just fine for me. What version of FF are you on? I have 22.
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Anthony Lieuallen

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22. And I did this in a completely blank/fresh profile, so it's not any extension causing this.

I'm a software developer and happy to deep dive with you. Reach out via the email on my newsblur account (arantius).
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Good news! This is now fixed. Thanks for identifying that it was sending remove_like_title instead of dislike_title. That led me to think it was a checkbox that was not being read correctly, which was the case due to the jQuery 2.0 upgrade from a couple weeks ago, which is also when this problem popped up.

Sorry about the wait, but I'm glad this is now fixed.
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Bill Waldron

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Thanks, Samuel -- and Anthony for helping Samuel get to the bottom of this.
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Fixed for me as well. Thanks. Now if I can just figure out why Mental Floss articles seem to come in being marked as "read".... oh well, perhaps I'll raise that in another chain :-)