The Public Library Of Charlotte Mecklenburg County Censors An Anti-WordPress Site

 

charlotte mecklenburg library Censorship

charlotte mecklenburg library Censorship

I wasn’t planning on writing about my local library this morning but my hand has been forced by their actions.  I’ve complained previously about their Internet connection in the past and met with some results.  Granted that was after literally years of complaining.  I’ve been meaning to complain about a recent experience in the West Blvd. branch where card playing for money (what you and I would call gambling) was occurring, right underneath the eye of the security guard on duty, and how I still haven’t heard back from the library administration as to why this is allowed by their policy. (That was the guard’s excuse to let it continue.)

wordpress™ wank has been blocked by the library.  That’s right.  The leading site that tells the truth about Matt Mullenweg and the sad shape of ethics over at Automattic has been censored by The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.

The irony of this is that their own blog is hosted on the wordpress.com servers.  That’s right.  The library who last year tried to get the entire Charlotte community to read and discuss To Kill a Mockingbird, a book that has been censored many times previously, as no problems with censorship and racism themselves. (Which makes for even more irony.) I guess their stated goal of “of expanding minds, empowering individuals and enriching the community” doesn’t apply when it concerns a vendor of theirs.  Can’t empower individuals when you deal with a company that believes discussion shouldn’t be open. Can’t strive to make information available to anyone who wants it when that information is locked away behind an Internet proxy.

Buy your own WordPress Multiuser site

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Ever want to buy your own WordPress Multiuser site already installed and up and running?  Girls’ Coffee Table is up for sale for a Buy it Now price of $60.  The site already has BuddyPress installed and Google Adsense stuck in a few places if that’s important to you.

Some work has already been done on the site.  The main blog has a custom theme that’s nice and pink. (Having flashbacks of Monkey Island 4 to be honest. “It’s pink!”) Right off I don’t see support forums or help pages and we all know how important that is to me.  Has some nice themes though.  Only has about 50 members so some marketing will be required.

As I write this, there’s no confirmed bids.  Bids start at $25 if you feel the need.

And in case you’re looking for some exceptional WPMU sites to steal ideas from, keep an eye on this thread over on the WPMu Premium site.

Technorati Moves and Loses a Few Boxes

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Ok, the moving truck with the Technorati sign on the driver’s door didn’t come out too well.  Sorry.  I thought the idea was funny.  I only have MS Paint handy and we all know that’s not the best program for combining images.

Anyway…

Every once in a while, I hop over to Technorati to see how this blog and a few others are doing. (edit: Or see who’s stealing my images and my bandwidth.) Anyway I noticed a few days ago on their support blog that they were in the process of moving data centers.  Imagine my complete surprise though that all of my claimed blogs have disappeared from my account. (edit: Hmm, the account link used to work.  I’m now getting a blank screen when I try.) No mention of this on their blogs and, to my surprise, only a few other bloggers have noted this.  In fact people are still writing instructions on how to claim your blog over at Technorati.

Folks may want to check on their own blogs over at Technorati.  There’s no mention on their site anyway about the outstanding issues with claimed blogs.  At least I’ve not been able to find anything.

Oh and if anyone has a better picture to use, feel free to send it my way.

edit: I can’t even find my own blog over there anymore. 🙁

Yes, Jane, you are a Platformist

 

Wordpress ethics

WordPress ethics

Jane Wells asks if she’s a platformist.  Well, considering that her blog will only accept comments from those who have wordpress.com accounts [I won’t remind you that Matt Mullenweg censors accounts] and she didn’t bother to mention which Movable Type designer she slighted, I guess the answer to that question is yes.

edit: I’ve decided to turn off commenting on this post until she returns the favor.  I’m sure it’s just an oversight on her part and she’ll quickly fix the situation. (Can you tell I’m working on my sarcasm?)

Charlotte Wordcamp

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Oh lookie.  There’s going to be a Charlotte WordCamp on Nov 15th here in Charlotte.  I wonder if I should go.

I’m wondering why they aren’t publicizing it.  Kind of reminds me on how Automattic does theirs.

I’m also wondering why Host Gator is a sponsor and why not a local hosting company. (like mine) It’s a pity that we didn’t get wind of this until today.

WordPress Plugin: User Only Downloads

Per a request in one of the WordPress support forums I still frequent, I’ve written a quick little filter plugin that allows you to hide the download link to a file and only display it when the viewer is logged in.  A lot of forums have this feature, usually as a plugin, to forse users to create accounts on their forums.

Usage is fairly simple: [user_download URL] where URL is the URL of the file in question.  Visitors who are logged in will see the URL while others who aren’t logged in will see the standard “You need to be logged in…” message.

Feel free to use.  Please consider a link back if you find some use for this.

Download

Filled With Mu

Continuing on with the series of WordPress MultiUser tutorials, two new ones have been added to the WPMuTutorial site:

  • Who’s Your Mu Buddy? – Why having a WPMu peer may be a good idea.
  • What’s On Your Front Page? – A personal rant on why WPMu admins keep placing adverts on the front page of their WPMu installs instead of trying to draw in the casual visitor.

Please feel free to give them a read today.

The Road to Well-Mu

Andrea from over in Home School Journal land has asked me to write a series of articles about planning and creating a WordPress Multiuser site.  The first article went online today.  I hope to have a new article posted every day for the next few weeks.  Time will tell if I can hold to that.

edit: I wonder if anyone will get the pun of the title.  I also wonder if I’ll be able to come up with any more of them.

Surviving A Slashdotting With a Celeron 466

A few days ago, two of my posts here about mediamax/ thelinkup got listed over at Techcrunch.  I’m happy to say MovableType took the extra traffic without issue.  Had about an extra three thousand visitors each day for a couple of days. (Played havoc with my Google Adsense numbers though. )

Anyway I was looking for an excuse to post about one man’s experience about surviving a Slashdotting with an older computer.

I would make a comment about how it’s a pity that he had to go find a plugin to deal with the extra traffic while my site took it fine without issue but that would probably just generate some more posts out of the wordpress camp that cloud issues and are so far from the truth, it’s actually funny.