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, 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.)