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no published rule

bubel, new .com fora mod let it out, “there is no published rule…” to be expelled from the link farm. and contnues,

We are not limiting your freedom by doing this. This is not censorship, as your blog is still available in every shape and form.

no, tale-tellers, it is fucking censorship because we can’t opt out of linking to your link farm! and you also made it so that no one could escape it.

I wonder if anyone not banned yet could tell those sheep that:

The global tag links were never intended to be useful for anyone other than Automattic.”

else why do you delete posts, tags* and close the whole topics in the fora? are you paid per deleted post/tag/closed topic? if so then you should ask Matt for an addition to your salary.

UPDATE:

no, you don’t need to ask for an addition to your salary. my puppet was bozoed. again. hello Matt!


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*) posts on this page have this tag removed. same thing with the ‘global_tags‘, ‘spamdexing‘ et al.

broke defined

a somewhat peculiar video response to: define broke. watch more…

how to embed Last.FM widgets on a wordpress.com blog

sometimes it’s useful to see Google ads, they may tell you some interesting things:

lastfm-google

apparently, an advertiser of this sponsored link to the “community owned site” bought a ’wordpress.com’ keyword bid from Google

so, if you want to embed any of Last.FM’s widgets in your wordpress.com blog you are supposed to end up on the wordpress.org landing page (wordpress.org/hosting) and click on some affiliated links. (oh, and also you can’t discuss hosting in the .com forums)

because, as you might probably know, wp.com, being powered by the so called WPMU* application, is very limited in what can be embedded into user pages.

unless, of course, an interested service makes an “attractive deal” with Automattic.

I think it would not be an exaggeration to say that request to add Last.FM support is the most asked one on .com (see forums). Last.FM is a pretty much open platform itself, the sombre black WP logo is promoted on ’copy + paste code’ of every of its widgets. besides, there are at least dozen of various Last.FM plugins and widgets for WP from community. so, what’s the deal?

the answer is probably lack of that said “attractive” (for Automattic) deal. TGA, as always, nailed it again:

last.fm are doing pretty well without wordpress.com, so they had no real incentive to come courting them.

*) WPMU stands for WordPress Multi-User. however, the more proper name for it would be WMPB — WP Multi-Blog.

due to undesigned architecture it does not allow client-side scripting (javascript), embeds (flash etc), iframes. nor WPMU users can edit layout of their templates (they are shared across the host) and so on, and so on.

You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need

Pink Floyd // Animals // "Dogs" (originally "You gotta be crazy")

Part 1

You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you’re on the street
You gotta be able to pick up the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking

And after a while, you can work on points for style
Like the club tie, and the firm handshake
A certain look in the eye and an easy smile
You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to
So that when they turn their backs on you
You’ll get the chance to put the knife in

You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder
You know it’s going to get harder and harder, and harder as you get older
And in the end you’ll pack up and fly down south
Hide your head in the sand just another sad old man
All alone and dying of cancer

And when you loose control, you’ll reap the harvest you have sown
And as fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone
And its too late to loose the weight you used to need to throw around
So have a good drown, as you go down, all alone
Dragged down by the stone

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Feeling Lucky?

in the locked forums thread on “bloated global tags pages PR in action” Kissing Bandit suggested to prevent Global Tags pages from indexing by the search engines because ‘Google doesn’t like to index and display “search results” pages in their own search results (it’s redundant)’, further he also notes:

Many have speculated that it’s part of the reason why you can no longer find Technorati tag pages being returned in Google searches.

WordPress.com may be heading down a similar road if they step out of Google’s good graces, even by an inch.

and indeed that’s exactly how Google handles even local tags (aka ‘Labels’) on blogs hosted on their own service Blogger.com — they don’t index them!

albeit Google has direct vested interests to do just an opposite thing, because they’ve quite recently added to Blogger an inline AdSense integration, which now allows blogspot.com bloggers place ads inline with their blogs’ actual content.

this would benefit not only blogspot.com users to improve monetization of their blogs, but it’d also definitely benefit Google itself by increasing clickthroughs on their own AdSense.

but they don’t do it, just take look at the Blogger.com’s robots.txt:

User-agent: * Disallow: /search

by closing this forums thread, mentioned above, Matt, incidentally, ‘politely’ asked me to “save the paranoid conspiracy theories for my blog”. so, here we go.

[first of all a sidenote: lip service and obscurity are both an excellent soil for rising theories exactly of such kind.]

another forums thread suddenly reveals that Automattic currently does not allow WordPress.com users to change their category slug. so far the latest official response from a staff member is just following:

I’m talking with the other folks at Automattic to find out more of the history with category slugs being turned off.

apparently history of this mysterious forbiddance is so dark, that none from the staff still could not give just a single reasonable answer to any the questions posed in this thread more than once. as usually.

now, my dear readers, do you have any ideas (besides “paranoid conspiracy theories”, of course) why wordpress.com users are not allowed to change their (their, really?) category slugs?

and, finally, just a little fun promised by the title. are you feeling lucky today? then let’s go ahead:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site:wordpress.com+link-farm&btnI=I’m+Feeling+Lucky

tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…

ETA: that was really quick: finally, after wank posted in that thread, it has immediately* been closed with the following remark:

barry Key Master October 19th, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Renaming the category should also change the slug. If it doesn’t, then its a bug and something that we will fix.

the only problem now is, how any wordpress.com user would know ‘its a bug and something that we will fix’, if that “Topic Closed. This topic has been closed to new replies.”, huh?

the matter is, due to infinite wisdom of the bbPress** developers, ‘Topic Closed’ actually means it’s also well hidden out of the public view, so that nobody could see it anymore. bbPress has also a couple of another wonderful features.

Update:

since over just a single day, after ticket has been submitted into WPMU trac (see my comment below), Donncha has fixed this issue: now renaming the category also changes its slug (URI).

along with the ticket I suggested a patch, which exposes ‘Slug name:’ input field for editing (and thus fixes that bug). unfortunately, this patch hasn’t been accepted.

apparently, WPMU (wordpress.com) developers consider users of the so called ‘multy-user’ version of their software as second-class citizens, relatively to the standalone, single-blog one.

MU users still are not (and, surely, never will be) allowed to change their category slug regardless of its name (to have a short, nice category URIs for example), nor they aren’t allowed to have readable multy-word blognames — hyphens are also banned due to totally unreasonable dev’s arbitrariness (for it could be nothing more).

*) Barry closed the thread just over 4 minutes since Wank’s post, while the thread has been started 8 days ago, was intermittently bumped, and obviously had been seen during a whole week by the staff members.

**) another PHP script used for wordpress support forums