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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.