Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Serious problem with WordPress automated anti-spam controls

12 mars, 2013

I just want to inform you that WordPress in ALL their wisdom suspended my blog for little over three hours immediately  after I published my post : February U.S. Temperature trend/decade: – 12.7 F COOLER in 100 years (see below)

And there was NO warning, NO nothing. WordPress just suspended my blog a couple of milliseconds after I had pushed publish for my post.

This IS NOT a PROPER modus operandi for a company such as WordPress. Especially since they claim, they are ALL about free speech.

If you took this seriously, you would first warn and correspond with the person/blog in question. We all know that “certain groups” make a systematic tactic to silence people they don’t like by “reporting them as “spammers”, “abusers” etc.

This modus operandi by WordPress plays into their hands. And thereby helping to quell free speech.

Of course, I made a hell of a lot of noise to put it middle. And the reason?

This was the answer I got:

“Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.”

And this is part of my answer to them:

“This is not acceptable, especially since it seems that these “automated anti-spam controls” are worthless. This is a danger to ANYONE publishing on your platform!

You have a great problem. AND you make a great and unnecessary problem for us serious and professional journalists.

You need to fix this “automated anti-spam controls” PRONTO. Or you will go out of business because NO ONE will trust you as a serious publishing platform.

I want an answer and a THOROUGH explanation why this could happen from the person in charge of your customer service/team leader etc.

Because this is, as I said, NOT ACCEPTABLE in any shape or form.

As a journalist, if you were a newspaper, TV or radio, I would be screaming bloody murder if this happened.  It’s called political censorship.

So I hope you understand why I take this “technical issue” as serious as I do. And why you need to fix it immediately. Or you are going to be in serious problem.”

So to all bloggers out there on WordPress – watch out and react immediately if the same thing happens to you.

Yes, I can understand the need to shut down some sites that are heavy spammers, or are breaking every press rule there is etc.  

But my GOD, the persons who wrote these algorithms is a threat to free speech!

And WordPress say they are about free speech. To quote from their website:

We strongly believe in freedom of speech. WordPress.com enables anyone to freely express their ideas and opinions, without censoring or endorsing them.”

Yeah, as long as their “automated anti-spam controls” don’t kick in and stop you dead in your tracks.

So “dear” WordPress, you better fix this problem ”PRONTO” if you want to be considered a serious publishing platform. And show that you really mean your words about free speech.

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UPDATE March 17:

It has now gone 5 days and WordPress in ALL their “servicemindness” didn’t “bother to reply. Well guys, that’s how you effectively destroy a brand and a reputation as a “serious” and “professional” publishing platform.

And it renders ALL your talk and statements about your protection of free speech meaningless. It’s just empty “nice” words without meaning. Since you show in practice that you don’t mean it.

If you don’t see the seriousness of this problem, well, then your problem is worse than I thought.

Maybe WordPress think that they are “too big to fail”. Well, I just want to remind you that Google, in all its might, effectively has destroyed Blogger as a serious platform. As a result, many have left that platform.

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Blogging a Truly International Phenomenon

26 februari, 2013

I just went through the stats for my blog and as usual, I am blown away by the true international phenomenon this is. In the last month, I had visitors from 148 countries.

WOW!

Stats 25-02a

And I don’t say this to be bragging. As I said before I am just blown away by what a true and awesome international phenomena blogging is.  Especially when considering that I don’t have the time to actively promote this blog.

And as I said before, that’s why the powers that be fear the “free” internet so much. They have so far no gained the control they want. That’s why they do everything possible to regulate and stop it through various direct and indirect means.

Sadly, a lot of politicians and governments in the “free” world are willingly taking part in that onslaught. In fact, in some cases they are leading it.

What is also very interesting to watch is how the Mainstream Media/Old Media has reacted to the fact that today the blogosphere is doing most of the investigative journalism. Doing the “digging” and exposing uncomfortable facts for politicians, business and “scientists” that the Mainstream Media stopped doing a long time ago.

First, the reaction was to totally ignore the blogosphere. Pretend that it didn’t exist. When that was no longer possible. The reaction was one of attack. “Don’t think you can come here and teach us anything because we know best and always will”. They tried to put themselves on a pedestal “Because we are the REAL journalists”. We know what’s best for the people etc.

And most of the Mainstream Media/Old Media is still sadly there. Their arrogance is so ludicrous and stupefying that it is numbing.

Watching journalist describe”things” is like watching a man being on a ”High Horse”, in his own “very important bubble” with NO contact with the real world whatsoever. It’s a fascinating spectacle.

I have been saying for a very, very long time that if you want to understand what is going on in the world and in your own country, DON’T watch the news on TV or read the newspapers. It is a total waste of time.

If you do, you understand less after watching/reading than before.

For the last say 40 years, there has been a steady decline in what used to be called “journalism”. Especially investigative journalism. Instead, it has been replaced by journalist and media that are driven by a political agenda. On purpose.

It is about controlling and setting the agenda. Not about reporting the facts. Or presenting the facts so that people understands what is REALLY going on and how that affect them. And hopefully make better choices.

They will ONLY print “news” that fits their agenda. If it do not, it doesn’t exist and never ever happened.

The Mainstream Medias/Old Medias deafening silence on many subjects, and their PC worldview is as far away from journalism that you can come.

Most of the Mainstream Media/Old Media has willingly and gladly become “His Masters Voice”. Even worse, the Mainstream Media/Old Media has willingly taken part in actively censoring and suppressing facts. A very sad fact for the democracy and an utter betrayal of what journalism is supposed to be.

You will find many examples of this betrayal in this blog. So, instead on being the defender and bearer of freedom of speech, the Mainstream Media/Old Media has become the slayer of it.

Just one example here from my post:

The betrayal of journalism and the first amendment by the mainstream media in USA

There are still a few rare exceptions from this, both journalists and newspapers. But they are getting fewer and fewer.

In you live in Sweden, you can now read one example of that. Maciej Zaremba excellent series on how the “New public management” philosophy, (which is loved by ALL political parties), has wrecked havoc in the Swedish Health system during the last 20 years.

And since I was checking the stats, I thought it would be interesting to see where most of my visitors came from during one year.

So here are my Top 30 Countries during one year:

United States       

Sweden                

United Kingdom  

Canada                 

Germany                

Australia                

India                       

France                    

Netherlands           

Belgium                  

 

Switzerland          

Finland                  

Turkey                   

Brazil                     

Spain                     

Italy                        

Russian Federation

Ireland                   

Philippines            

Norway                  

 

Denmark               

Poland                   

Israel                      

Thailand                

Lebanon                

Malaysia                

Indonesia              

Saudi Arabia         

United Arab Emirates

Syrian Arab Republic

 

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

Thomas Jefferson

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.“

Benjamin Franklin

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Blogging a Truly International Phenomenon – My Stats 2

14 augusti, 2012

As a complement to my previous post about my stats and the observation what an international phenomenon Blogging is; I just went through the stats for my blog again.

In the last three weeks, I had visitors from 127 countries.

WOW!

Including for the firs time visitors from Myanmar (Burma), Djibouti, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Mauritius, Cameroon, Netherlands Antilles, Fiji, Cap Verde, Papua New Guinea etc.

I am just so blown away by what a true and awesome international phenomena blogging is. It is so encouraging. Especially that a country like Myanmar (Burma) who have been controlled by a brutal military junta for the last 49 years with total censorship and control, is finally opening up.

And as I said before, that’s why the powers that be fear the “free” internet so much. They have no control. And that’s why they do everything possible to regulate and stop it through various direct and indirect means.

Sadly, a lot of politicians and governments in the “free” world are willingly taking part in that onslaught. In fact, in some cases they are leading it.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

Thomas Jefferson

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.“

Benjamin Franklin

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Blogging a Truly International Phenomenon – My Stats

29 juni, 2012

I just went through the stats for my blog and as usual, I am blown away by the true international phenomenon this is. In the last 27 days I had visitors from 108 countries.

WOW!

And I don’t say this to be bragging. As I said before I am just blown away by what a true and awesome international phenomenon blogging is.

And that’s why the powers that be fear the “free” internet so much. And do everything possible to regulate and stop it through various direct and indirect means.

                              Visitors to my blog

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

Thomas Jefferson

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.“

Benjamin Franklin

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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