at the eggnog again

I really, really hope that none of Automattic’s investors run into this post about people using Akismet as a weapon against commenters who piss them off, because not only is it, well, about the potential for Akismet abuse, but there’s some seriously weird stuff going on in the comments with Matt pretending to be somebody else (or somebody else pretending to be Matt), and Mark saying to ignore it, and the blogger not believing that either of them are kosher because if they were, wouldn’t they do the professional thing and email him? Certainly they wouldn’t be running around making each other look stupid.

This time of year, I just assume everyone is drunk. It explains a lot. Like the snow, which apart from being annoying makes my PC’s fan go like crazy every time it appears. (Newsflash: not everyone on the planet got a new computer for Christmas.) Or last year’s pretend sale. (It’s hilarious that a company valued at millions is still too cheap to pay me the five measly dollars it owes me, but then I suppose if they were scrupulous about such things it would be harder to amass the millions in the first place.)

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  1. You know, you could make an annoying sitcom out of all this.

  2. Kissing Bandit said

    Annoying possibly, but funny nonetheless.

  3. Kissing Bandit said

    On another note (since I forgot to mention it previously), the reason Matt and Mark were commenting directly on the blog instead of doing the professional thing — direct e-mail– is because they were in damage control mode. It’s easy to ignore the people until they get all vocal about it*…then you absolutely must do something about it to show people you aren’t dropping the ball, especially if that vocal person is a popular person.

    * You’ll note the “finally, I get a response” comment following Matt’s, which insinuates he only received a response when he blogged about it.

    -KB

  4. drmike said

    heh heh

    I got Akismet’ed leaving a comment over there. Oh, the irony.

  5. Danny said

    “not everyone on the planet got a new computer for Christmas.”? i have a 2006 iMac and that snow crap still bogs down my computer.

  6. Hey, at least they didn’t turn on the snow by default.

    Silver lining, people. Silver lining.

  7. If Matt had been able to make a Snap-style financial deal with the snow people I’m sure we would have had snow by default on all blogs.

  8. Kristin said

    That turn on snow option should have said something like: “Yes, I want people have nothing but trouble when visiting my blog. Let it snow!”

    I’m looking for some kind of global warming script to make the snow go away all over the place.

  9. drmike said

    I’m waiting for a blogger from downunder to either complain or ask where the script is come May-Juneish when they get snow.

  10. Didn’t you know everyone in the world is American?😉

  11. James said

    LOL us get snow🙂 Climb up a mountain you may find some but climb up a mountain anywhere and that’s pretty likely.

  12. Wank: They’re getting paid for the hideous Snap things?!

  13. It’s never been officially confirmed, but nor has it ever been officially denied, which amounts to a tacit admission that the speculation is correct.

    If money didn’t change hands, they’d have made it opt-in rather than opt-out, that being the standard way of handling pointless widgety things. Livejournal also made their implementation opt-out after the trial period, and their userbase is notoriously change-averse so I doubt they’d have done that unless Snap had forced it on them.

  14. Kissing Bandit said

    As if you really needed this tip off, but there’s yet another security hole in WP and this one definitely has to make me wonder what the devs were thinking considering the other more reliable admin checks they have in place…

    -KB

  15. Oh, I hope they bring out Habari 1.0 in 2008… I really fancy some security by obscurity and not having four thousand coders figuring out how to crack my blog software of choice.

  16. […] not know. What the hell was going through Matt’s brain at the time, I also do not know, but it’s December again so we can’t go expecting too much in the way of […]

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