1 April 2005

Is RA Part of the WordPress SPAM Conspiracy?

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The Blog community has been hit with the news that the Word Press website has been selling space to companies in order for the companies to gain higher Google ratings (and hence more business) as all the Blogs using WP invariably link to the WP website. Here’s what El Reg has to say on the subject.

After RiotACTs recent near death experience we’ve been puttering along in the WordPress zimmerframe of recovery for the interim but are now in a quandry as to whether we should dump it cold for selling out and corrupting the internet way of life and go with something else. Or do we say they’ve learned their lesson and won’t do it again (until the next time someone offers them lots of money, for which you can’t really blame them)?

What do you our readers feel about the issue?

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creative_canberran11:35 pm 12 Apr 11

johnboy said :

The new RiotACT sux bigtime compared to what it used to be.

Well it’s a hell of a lot better for people who contribute to it (who I care about)

As opposoed to ACC’s unconstructively slagging (who I don’t)

draw your own conclusions but thanks for your feedback.

I’d take someone who spells “sux” in Tuggeranongese with a grain of salt anyway JB. Site looks great.

Oh for crying out loud! Ok, some of us don’t like the new format. I am one of them. But the content hasn’t changed. If people are going to stop reading and contributing because of the format, then they can’t have been that interested to start with.

I don’t like this set up either, but I’m just glad the guys have kept RiotACT up and running in SOME form!

Pragmafish: well thanks for your constructive input there as well.

Surprisingly readership seems to actually be climbing.

but that’s normal when people are making a point of being unpleasant to us.

“Well it’s a hell of a lot better for people who contribute to it (who I care about)”

likely to have fewer of them. Optimistically, the new format means some of us will be getting more productive, since we’ll have one less site to keep up with

The best option is to go back to Nuke, Much nicer platform for the public and code is very basic to modify

I think using wordpress for free we’re obligated to acknowledge that.

a nofollow in the link might be the answer.

there’s also issues of trust in using free software when you’re not competent to audit the code yourself

this raises some big trust issues in Matt’s judgment.

The new RiotACT sux bigtime compared to what it used to be.

Well it’s a hell of a lot better for people who contribute to it (who I care about)

As opposoed to ACC’s unconstructively slagging (who I don’t)

draw your own conclusions but thanks for your feedback.

The new RiotACT sux bigtime compared to what it used to be.

There’s a far better article at eWeek.

I don’t know what the hell Matt was thinking, but this isn’t a crucifying offense. The articles have already been removed, so the only real damage is to his reputation.

No, blogspot is rubbish. WordPress is some nice code, i’d just remove the link to wordpress.org untill they make it clear what the hell is going on.

I think you should just go to blogspot already!

I think you should remove the WordPress link from the site and RiotACT’s contribution to the problem will disappear.

WordPress have every right to sell space on their site. Their site is popular because of the software that they created. The fact that all the blogs that haven’t bothered to remove the WP link are boosting their Google pagerank is irrelevant. They are using WP after all.

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