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Oh, and as my comment on this news blog entry is currently mysteriously languishing in moderation even though the fifty or so after it have been approved, here it is:

Lovely, for the past few hours you have been inflicting these ridiculous popups on my readers without my knowledge or permission. Thank you so very much.

I have yet to hear your reasons for making this frivolous little ‘feature’ opt-out rather than opt-in (certainly if somebody proposed it for wordpress.org you’d be the first to yell ‘plugin material’), and until I do I will have to assume that you’re getting some sort of kickback from Snap for putting it on everyone’s blogs by default.

Wonder how much they made? Enough to consider letting us opt-out of Automattic’s ads on our blogs? I am getting tired of people coming into the forums wanting an explanation for adsense on blogs they always thought were ad-free. Even if the ToS allows wordpress.com to do whatever they like without informing us, squirrelling this information away in a blog entry is not full disclosure.

I realise that being upfront with people about the possibility of ads appearing on their blogs might reduce the number of signups a little (not by a huge amount — many people are more than willing to put up with ads in return for a free service), but you know, tough. Sometimes it’s better to be honest about an unpalatable truth than attempt to hide it. Advertising and false advertising are not things to boast about, true, but when you try to hide them that makes you look a hundred times worse.

6 Comments »

  1. engtech said

    *not related*

    Hi Wank — I thought you might be interested in this info about an “Actually Useful Web Widget” that wordpress.com doesn’t yet support.

    MyBlogLog is a widget that shows you who has been reading your blog (if they have MyBlogLog accounts). It’s a great way for bloggers to connect with other bloggers.

    There is a workaround for using the MyBlogLog web widget on WordPress.com blogs (you can cut-and-paste code into a text sidebar widget and get it working with requiring javascript).

    More info on how to get it working here:

    http://engtech.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/mybloglog-widget-for-wordpresscom-blogs-one-of-the-best-web-widgets-available/

    See it in operation on my sidebar:

    http://engtech.wordpress.com

    sorry for the comment spam :)

  2. Root said

    And the coolest bit is that they get in the way of the right click menu. One or two *useability issues* there I would say.

  3. […] I realise that being upfront with people about the possibility of ads appearing on their blogs might reduce the number of signups a little (not by a huge amount — many people are more than willing to put up with ads in return for a free service), but you know, tough. Sometimes it’s better to be honest about an unpalatable truth than attempt to hide it. Advertising and false advertising are not things to boast about, true, but when you try to hide them that makes you look a hundred times worse. wordpress&tm; wank: snappish […]

  4. […] added Snap functionality for all users (default=TRUE). To be fair, following lots of user feedback (surprisingly not all of it positive), WordPress made Snap a configurable option so users could […]

  5. […] or sneaking ads onto people’s blogs without warning them when they signed up, or that shady snap-preview-enabled-by-default thing. Most of that stuff is just screwing wordpress.com users anyway. Who cares about those no0bs? It […]

  6. […] added Snap functionality for all users (default=TRUE). To be fair, following lots of user feedback (surprisingly not all of it positive), WordPress made Snap a configurable option so users could […]

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