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Apparently, Matt has been spouting off to the Greek media about his intentions to allow wordpress.com users to place Google Adsense units on their blogs. Way to go to undermine the forum volunteers telling people on a daily basis how adsense is not allowed for security reasons and any ads will get your blog taken down without notice etc. etc. etc.

You know, a major part of the recent livejournal user uproar was because Six Apart’s CEO thought it was more important to chat to CNET about policy changes than informing the actual users what was going down. Doesn’t anybody at Automattic pay any attention to what’s going on outside their little bubble?

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  1. timethief said

    Sheesh … what took you so long? *lol* BTW I wasn’t kidding. If it’s true, then it may be time for some of us “volunteers” to find hosting elsewhere. Why? Because there’s no freaking way on this earth that I’m going to volunteer to “help” the influx of penny grubbing sploggers and spammers that we will get here on the forum when they add wordpress.com blogs to their pimping for pennies blog stables.

  2. timethief said

    While I’m at it, I have another blog topic for you. Have you been wondering whatever happened to the “girly theme” thread? http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=10166
    After Matt’s original post on April 18th the wordpress.com women covered 5 pages with suggestions. Mysteriously the date stamp on all pages except the front page is December 31st, 1969. But even more mysterious is the fact that Matt never posted to the thread again. Meanwhile the requests for more 2 column blue “boy” themes are still rolling in. Example: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=12126

  3. Scott said

    Ah, now I understand timetheif’s comment on the SDC announcement thread.:\

  4. Mysteriously the date stamp on all pages except the front page is December 31st, 1969.

    Happens on all multi-page threads. So, not a conspiracy, merely a consequence of using crappy homemade forum software.

    Matt’s just not very interested in adding themes he doesn’t personally like (which would be pretty much anything without a BBH😉 ) So while he may perceive on an intellectual level that there’s a need for more girly themes, when it comes down to the actual work of selecting them, testing them, and converting them for use here, there is always something else more fun important to be done.

  5. Anil said

    “Six Apart’s CEO thought it was more important to chat to CNET about policy changes”

    Not to belabor the point, but our CEO was out of town and hadn’t yet even heard about the issues on LJ when a reporter called him and asked for a quote without explaining the context. And it *wasn’t* the reporter who wrote the CNET story. So, despite what the conventional wisdom was on this one, we certainly didn’t think it was more important to talk to CNET, and in fact the first official response once we knew what was going on was on lj_news.

    Your point still stands, though, always warn the community first.🙂

  6. Wank’s Law of Wank: the PR disaster/betrayal of trust/community wankfest always happens when the boss is out of town and the only person who can contact them is the one who is about to screw them. Then everyone shouts exponentially louder because they think they’re being ignored, when actually the person they want to hear from is incommunicado.

    I will leave it to my readers to draw the wordpress parallel😉

  7. drmike said

    I’m still wondering why folks think it was great news.

  8. Because they believe they can make money out of slapping ads on their sidebar? Presumably they’re unaware they need to amass $100-worth of clicks before Google thinks about paying them a penny. Bless.

  9. drmike said

    I bet they’re thinking that they’ll do that in a day.

    I do about that with the hosting but it takes about 150 sites to do so.

  10. […] 2008 at 6:55 pm · Filed under bubble, design, dot com, forums, speculation, wank You know the Adsense upgrade Matt was running around telling the media about last summer without a word to the actual users? Well, their latest member of staff appears to know nothing […]

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