a) maybe the fault lies in Google and their advertisers. Their ranking algorithm and, heck, their whole business model is flawed. Shut 'em down!
b) maybe the fault lies in the end-users' reliance on Google as a single source of information. If Google is skewed (or somebody has taken advantage of it), why not switch, huh? Stupid lusers. So take away computers from them!
c) Matt should just shut WordPress down and move to Cuba. To hell with supporting an ungrateful mob! Viva la revolucion!
d) actual spamming, as opposed to pagerank rigging (see (a)), has proven to be much more lucrative to the enterprising young e-generation. I say Matt should turn WordPress into a full-on email spam/phishing project.
I care about the health of the web, the long-term viability of the sites and pages and documents that are shaping our culture and society. On a deeper level I hold a number of principles that the web should be efficient, standards-based, and accessible. No site is perfect, but some try and some don’t.
Lockergnome regressing from the standards-based is more than just a bad business decision, it is essentially giving the middle finger to the community around the world that cares about these things. ...
I’m not just unsubscribing, I’m boycotting. There comes a point when you see blatant disrespect for things you care about and you can either sit back and pretend it doesn’t bother you or you can speak out. It’s two different types of people, and if you’re one of the former then you should examine the effects of your apathy.
The scam personally affected me & I don’t even use WP. I am one of the original small investors in Texdrive, the hosting company that developed a special relationship with Mr. Mullenweg for the purposes of developing WP & whose trust Mullenweg abused by running his scam on Textdrive servers. It is not clear whether more than one dedicated server was affected, but the scam certainly tarnishes the reputation & thus the prospects of Textdrive, its investors & customers.
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