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.

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.

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.

How Matt Mullenweg and Automattic deals with complaints

Wordpress censorship

WordPress censorship

Looks like I “offended” Matt Mullenweg a bit too much.  Write a pair of posts describing how they have ignored a long list of splog reports and I now have my wordpress.com account suspended and my posts in the support forums edited without permission.  But in addition to that, I’ve been blackballed by Akismet and it appears that my comments on wordpress.com are being trashed automatically. (A picture of that after the fold.  Guess I won’t be posting comments to your blog anymore, wank.)

What bothers me about all this is that it started on Matt’s end when I suggested that since most of the support forum volunteers were not going to be able to attend the first WordCamp, that it would be a great idea if Automattic would drop each of them a tshirt into the mail.  That way Matt and crew would show how thankful they were for the time and the work that they put in.  This, of course, didn’t fly over too well and since that point, many of us noticed a “cooling” of staff’s attitudes towards those who helped out.

There, I said it.  All this because of a lousy tshirt.  A simple gesture that would have taken at most an hour or two and would have meant a lot of some people.  Hell, the gallery folks sent me a tshirt for reporting an issue with their website. (I still need to blog about that.  There’s pictures here and here.  Yes, it was 6:30 in the morning.  It was early and I was tired and hadn’t shaved.)

Since that time, I’ve had Matt and others from Automattic lie about me, post insults, make light of my physical handicaps, and make light of my former relationship with my ex fiancee.  While he goes on and on about how approachable he is, he has refused numerous times to discuss how his company has acted towards me and has refused to follow up on the questions that I raised.

All this does prove three things though.  WordPress.com is not pro free speech, not pro customer service and fully believes in censorship.  Can’t wait for the next time Matt gets up on his soap box shouting out to the whole world how they support it so much.

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Looks like WordPress.com has gone pro-spam

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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’;

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Is WordPress.com going Pro Spam?

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WordPress ethics

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.

Matt Mullenweg lies again

drmike-128.jpgYou know you would have thought by now that Matt Mullenweg would have learned his lesson about lying in public.  Guess not.

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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.)

Today’s Scary Thought

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I was over at Quantcast registering a site for a client and noticed that wordpress.com is listed on their front page as a “Recently Quantified Publisher.” We’ll ignore for now that they’ve been registered with them and Quantcast’s javascript has been on the site since February, 2007 and what they mean by “Recently” but I had a chuckle looking at the traffic numbers for sites hosted on their servers.

Rather interesting that icanhascheezburger.com gets roughly ten times the traffic that scobleizer.com does.