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?)
A few days ago, I wrote
about a splog over on wordpress.com that I had reported a number of times that, after a pair of “Report as Spam” and a support ticket still remained online. It took three hours after blogging about it but it finally came down.
Folks have written that wordpress.com is as spam free as possible. In fact, Matt Mullenweg recently commented that they’ve removed over 800,000 such sites from the service, 24% of all blogs created on that site. (I agree with the commenter. The math is off.) That number seems rather low to me considering that numbers between 50% and 77% get used all the time.
I’ve questioned this in the past a number of times as it really sounds like PR coming from Automattic. (And if you haven’t figured out yet that anything coming from Automattic should be questioned, you may want to give that some thought.) Simply going around the site with their Next Blog link in the admin bar will usually show a number of splogs. I’ve always reported them in the past.
Here’s something else I’ve been doing. I’ve bookmarked every splog reported since the middle of January, 2008. I have a list of 917 splogs located on wordpress.com that, having just checked a large random sample of them, appear to be mostly still on line. Nearly a thousand. You would think that a site that’s going around and stating how anti-spam they are would have deleted them a long time ago. Guess not.
Here’s a sampling from that list. These are 70 that were reported this past weekend that as far as I can tell are still online as of today. They’ve all been marked with nofollow and noindex so they won’t get any credit from me.
I wonder how long it’ll take for someone to catch up on these. I also wonder what the problem is this time.
edit: Here’s another one.
digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/Wordpress_com_and_Automattic_turn_pro_spam’;
Say hello to Poker 101. I don’t normally link to sites filled with affiliate links and the like (At least I try not to.) but I’m making a big deal about this for one very good reason.
It’s still there.
You see, a couple of months back, I noticed (see the comments section) that sometimes I had to resend spam reports into wordpress.com when they didn’t get acted upon them. Now, I know it’s only Mark over there dealing with those reports (Lloyd used to do them as well but I noted that he got removed from that position. At least he’s no longer following up on reports any more.) but after two reports sent in previously, (and a third one in today) the site is still there.
– Affiliate links? Check
– Adverts? Check
– Content stealing? Maybe. Copied at least.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this either. This guy had his sites up for more than a week after first questioning what the issue was.
Sure, maybe wordpress.com has a public face of being anti-splog. We all know that previous experience shows otherwise.
You know you would have thought by now that Matt Mullenweg would have learned his lesson about lying in public. Guess not.
Love this bit:
“Anyone is welcome to participate.“
I guess that means I’ll be getting my original wordpress account back.
edit: Considering he’s now changing his story on other points, it doesn’t surprise me. I wonder why he is the only person who I’m not able to get emails from. Donncha has emailed me. Mark has as well. But for some reason, email from Matt can’t show up correctly. Never gets resent either. Hmm, I wonder why. Could it be that it never got sent in the first place? Now there’s a thought.
Reedit: Oh wait, they’re doing advertising on the Dashboard of WordPress.com now. Something Matt called stupid many eons ago. (Gone to find that link.)
I was poking around my sister’s LiveJournal site (Side note: She’s started one of those A Picture A Day sites as well) and noted that Livejournal allows their endusers to get previously used names that have been recently “deleted and purged.” You can change the URL of your site for $15 bucks. (As I read it, you may have to cough that up if you get one of the used names.)
Gotta admit that I don’t know how I feel about that. While I may gripe about WordPress.com and their lack of respect for their volunteers who provide the first line of support in their forums, one of the pluses I’ve had for the service is how they don’t reuse usernames. Allowing such a feature may lead to problems with personal identity theft, confusion, and the like. Livejournal will only keep a name around unused for 30 days. (At least that’s how I read it.) That seems like too short of a time in my opinion.
Anyone else think it’s strange that Matt takes the time to apoligize for a response from options but yet rudeness from an employee directed towards another volunteer goes unanswered?
edit: By the way, I noticed that root has been marked as inactive as well. I haven’t seen anyone else mention that.
Oh, and Mark? Maybe the reason why we’re having to create new usernames and email addresses is because you folks are locking us out of the forums. You may have noted the “Inactive” notation besides our usernames? Gotta admit that I scratch my head though when the folks who have answered most if not all of the questions raised in the support forums keep telling you that you, Matt and the rest are wrong and have been rather rude and insulting. It’s a pity you folks can’t see what is occuring and you would rather call it a “hate campaign” instead of being open minded and respond to complaints.
And again Mark, if you want that list, I’d be happy to provide it to you.