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Some People Don’t Understand the Tag System

Here at wp.com instead of a standard category system they use a system called tagging. This allows a visitor to look at a particular tag and see all the posts in that category.

It generally works really well. Right up until you get the person that either doesn’t understand tags or likes to abuse the system in a vain attempt to get more readers.

Let’s take an example. dianachance.wordpress.com recently moaned about the RSS feeds not working properly. Fair enough, if it doesn’t work, get it fixed. No problem with that. But. What the fuck has RSS problems got to do with:

Bad Behavior, News and politics, Life in general, Photo Sharing, Life, Amazing Facts, Whatever, Blogosphere, Science, Marketing, Business, Blog, photos, Humanity, What The Fuck, Entertainment, Politics, Photography, Blogs and Blogging, Girl Stuff, Happy, sex, advertising, the life, Own Story, Genre: Romance, Photo Blogging, quotes, Creativity, Market Analysis, Top 10 Blogs, Top Blogs, daily life, Inside my mind, Photo, General Blogging, Photographs, Cool photos, philosophy & politics, Impeach Bush, Blogroll, Everything, The Story Behind a Photo, Market Research & Intelligence, Marketing Communications, The Marketeer, What if…, Beauty, Emarketing, Mind & Spirit, What I’m thinking now, Jokes, Stories From The Heart, What’s New, Feeds, President Bush, anger, Emotional, Law & Politics, Feed, Sexual/Sensual, Marketing & Promotion, kids, News Feeds, Intuition, Matters of the Heart, Love, Romance/ Love, Article Marketing, Motherhood, Blonde, Management, Democrats, Internet Marketing, Quotes for Thought, psycho girl, Your Body & Your Life, Marriage, stupidity, Life and loving it., Success!, Quotable Quotes, My Story, Romantic, a-woman-thing, Sexcom, Amazing Stuff, Spiritual Quotes, Sexblogging, sexy, etcetera, Depression, Sadness, Crazy, About Me, Myself and I, Advertisement, joke, George W. Bush, Jokes / Funny Stuff, Who am I?, Pain, Top Headlines, What is real?, Web Marketing, romance, Child abuse and neglect, Jokes and Humor, Today I am listening to……, confusions, Humor n Joke, Call Meh Crazy, Childhood Blogs, Invention, Innovation, Creativity, This Ugly and Beautiful World, confusion, imaginer, stupid secrets, Top 5 Lists, Sexuality, Blondes, When My Heart Goes Crazy, Hopeless Romantic Me, Girls, Happy Happy Joy Joy, Love/Romance, Imagination, Psychology & The Mind, Offline Marketing Top Tips, believer, Addiction, sad things, girlspeak, Love & Relationships, General Confusion, Quotations, I Think, child psychology, Fashion & Beauty, RSS Feeds, sex toys, Democrats & The Left, People smarter than me, of Success, Deflecting them Mind Control Beams with my Nifty Tin Ha, Manly, Sexyliving News, Sexy Girls, blonde moments, Confused, happiness, RSS & Web feeds, lover, SMART-TAG, What can you imagine, Victims, Passion, Passions and interests, Believe it or not, Democrat issues, Law of Success, Men&Romance, Democrats and Republicans, Sex Toys Blogs, Feminism & Sexuality, imagine the world, Worthy Quotations, Genius in review, Top 10, Lovers, My Married Life, A Blondes Ramblings, I Am, create reality, loving human beings, Am I?, What is memory, Amazing things that happened to me, Married Bliss, Project Advertisement, The unbelievable, The Art of Happiness, Top 5, Being A Woman, Blonde Jokes, Imagine, You wouldn’t believe, Can’t believe I did it, Adventures in Womanhood, Couples, Pain and suffering, Top 10 Current Best Sellers, married couples, career woman, blackmail, Genius, unbelievable, Blissfulness, intelligent, Why Is It So Hard To Believe You’re Beautiful?, sex and sexuality, Top 10 Best, Mind Control, bliss, some imagination required!, Uh, Happiness & Joy, Marriage Equality, foreplay, HELLO GORGEOUS, Gorgeous Women, Lists (My Top 10), thoughts & chaos, Personality disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Relationships & Sexuality, schizophrenia, Romance and Sex, Faith and Sexuality, ugly things, Loving/Hating, Top 10 Lists, I’m Loving You!, General Hatred, Dazed & Confused, Imagine That for ages 3-5 Years, sex talk, Orgasm, Sex Articles, Gorgeous People, the Universe and Everything, Photos / Pictures of Adds, Slightly Confused, Imagine That, Blonde Sense, Gorgeous Online Galleries!, Signs of confusion, Emotional Abuse, Utter confusion, Confused / Confusing, abusive, Ugliness, the unbelievable truth, biography/autobiography, Unbelievable news, Dealing with Grief, Amazed, Pain and Sorrow, Controlled orgasms, Adds, My Hot SEXcapades, the senses, Sexy Women, Passionately in love, stories needed of physical abuse, Beauty & Sexiness, Sexist, quotes that amaze me, multiple orgasms, Hot Sex, physical abuse, passionate, adult sex toys, what am I supposed to do here?, Sexy Men, The sex talk, You Got To Be Joking Me, Top 20 Reviews, Advertisments, Phsychology, Abnormal Phsychology, Personality

All of these are tags are attached to the bottom of every single damned post. Why? What purpose does it serve? You reckon you’ve already got a readership as they’re using your RSS feed. are you that vain that you need to enter the race for popularity using every tag above?

Oh, and two responses to your blonde post:

1. Being blonde does not necessarily make you stupid. You are not necessarily stupid just because you are blonde. You are stupid. But not because you’re blonde.
2. If that’s you in the photo I want proof. I want to see a photo of you with a handwritten sign saying “I Love Jimbo at WordPress.com. He is a demi god”. Yeah, Demi God. I can’t take the title of god, Timethief has that honour!


November 18, 2006 Posted by | Blog, blogging, Geek, Rant | 27 Comments

Know what makes me giggle?

When someone goes to the wordpress.com support forum and asks their question in a foreign language.

Not so funny in itself until you click into their blog. It’s called “English Training Centre”.

Yep, they can’t even write a support request in what is obviously a primary English Language forum.

From their about page:


We are professionals to serve our clients.

Not very well written is it? Not exactly a good advert for their professional services eh? And since when did a professional organisation have a Flickr account with partially clad women in it?

August 25, 2006 Posted by | blogging, Rant, Wordpress.com | 1 Comment

Give Me Fuel, Give Me Fire, Give Me Adsense I Desire

Yeah, ok it’s a bad rewrite of a fantastic Metallica song, but it seems appropriate at the moment.

Want to get the wp.com community fired up? It’s really easy, just mention Adsense. It would seem that there are five threads running on the forum about the same thing.

There was a new (posted to today by both Matt and Podz) thread about the same thing but it would appear that it has been deleted.

Now, personally I hate the thought of advertising on blogs. I go to a blog to read the blog, not have the reading interrupted by an ad for something potentially completely irrelevant. I like the wordpress.com policy on no ads, it will keep sploggers and ad blogs off wordpress.com. I entirely agree with the current policy, and where it refers to advertising such as Adsense that’s cool.

In the deleted forum thread, someone (poppy8sd I think) tried to call out Scoble for having links to his books for sale at Amazon and Barns & Noble. Oh dear. Can’t cope? Want it that much? Write a damn book!

Of course, if having advertising means THAT much to you, cough some of your pennies, get hosted and run your own WordPress. I believe Matt said something similar.

That said, Lorelle pointed out this announcement about

contextual adsense test tonight on WordPress.com to see if it’s worth investigating or not.

Matt says they are investigating it as a way to “keep the lights on”. There is much more to the post than that so I suggest you go read it.

That’s fine Matt. If you give people adsense or other advertising you’re gonna get the sploggers.

Want my suggestion? Keep the free services running without advertising. Create a payment scheme that will offer subscribers facilities such as advertising, more themes (maybe with more control over CSS, although, I think that’s a recipe for disaster!), more widgets, and some other Gucci features that I can’t think of right now. Something I did see the other night is Canvas. That gives users control over colours, themes and layout without needing HTML/CSS access. Perhaps that could be investigated as a “paid” feature, or at least something similar.

It will help pay for the server uptime, give the users that are shouting about it most what they want and will still keep the sploggers at bay.

Until then – The wordpress community should stop bitching and whining about what they can’t have for free and celebrate what wordpress.com does give them for free:

  • Secure blogging.
  • Excellent support.
  • Widgets.
  • Mostly great themes.
  • Security.
  • Regular new features.
  • No requirement to know CSS and HTML/PHP for those that just want to write.
  • Dr Mike – Support Guru
  • Security.
  • Fantastic uptime. Due mostly to security.
  • Podz
  • Oh, did I mention security three times in the same list? Can’t think why. Oh, hang on, yes I can. No Javascript ability to screw it up like on Blogger or MySpace.

    So, stop bitching, stop whining, enjoy what you’ve got and go write something!

    Update: I was reading back through one of the many threads on the subject and Podz put it just beautifully:

    Here you get
    – a free blog
    – free hosting
    – free bandwidth
    – free support
    so I think you should appreciate that as it says in the FAQ we do not want this site to turn into some sort of adfest where people pimp the forums even more just to get traffic just to get clicks. We don’t want people yelling that they want better placement, different ad sizes, conditional displays. We don’t want them complaining that they want another companies ads. We don’t want them complaining that all they get as ads for blogs. We don’t want people setting up masses of blogs purely to generate an income (“Please can you make it so when I post to one blog it auto posts that to my other 41 …”).

    This site, believe it or not, is for blogging.

    Saying what you do elsewhere with wordpress software gets you precisely nowhere – in fact it may even take you back a step.

    And in case you hadn’t taken marc’s hint – be polite around here please.

    (And never assume anything about me or anyone else.)

    You’ll need to read the start of the thread to understand the last two sentences, but I think I would be a little insulted about being told

    So you are anti capitalist communist? I have a ton of adsense on one of your Word Press applications on another server now!

    Well done “Chip Langford” you seemed to piss most of the community off with just those two sentences!

    Update 2: Matt May be testing ads, but he also says:

    Also I don’t like the idea of people blogging for money. Blog because you love writing, blog to communicate, blog because you can’t do anything else. Don’t blog just for profit, it’s too personal to sell it so cheaply.

    Amen Brother!

    July 27, 2006 Posted by | Blog, Blog Spam, blogging, Geek, wanker, Widget, widgets, WordPress, Wordpress.com | 11 Comments

    Wank’s A Girl!

    The owner of WordPress Wank is of the feminine persuasion. With the way that he she writes, and the name (I know, it’s a nickname, but still!) I naturally assumed that Wank was a guy.

    I imagined (I’m sorry Wank!) some 6 foot bloke with a slight beer belly, shoulder length ragged (think Otto from the Simpsons) hair and a goatee or at least a patchy, two week old unshaven style beard, sitting poring over the wp-forums and laughing while Podz says “fuck it“!

    Well, the truth is out!


    July 16, 2006 Posted by | blogging, Geek, WordPress, Wordpress.com | 7 Comments

    Scrolling Through the sidebar

    I popped in to the wordpress.com forum to see if there was anything interesting in there.

    Unfortunately it’s just the same old same old:

  • Why can’t I edit themes
  • Why isn’t my animated plain text stat counter banana widget working
  • Why does every theme on wp.com suck
  • You know the type of thing.

    Anyhow, this thread caught my attention. Not because it’s an interesting question, it isn’t. It’s one of those like above with just enough information to get people to look at the blog and see absolutely nothing useful.

    Except the sidebar. I have a standard MS scrolling mouse, you know the ones that click when they scroll. Now, one complete movement of the wheel is 6 clicks. I had to scroll 7 times. I have the wheel set to scroll three lines per click. Look out, it’s Math time:

    6 clicks * 7 complete scrolls = 42 clicks. 42 clicks at three lines per click = 126 lines.

    Yep, approximately 126 lines in Sonia’s blogroll. DAMN!

    Don’t believe me? Go Look! I am sure that every widget available on wp.com is in that sidebar, along with five empty boxes. Please please please do something about it. I didn’t even bother trying to look at what was there!

    And, breathe…

    July 14, 2006 Posted by | Blog, blogging, Rant, Sidebar, Widget, widgets, Wordpress.com | 1 Comment

    A Different Type Of Spamming

    Blog hopping this afternoon revealed Cornell’s Blog Review. Whilst a little slow at updating with new reviews, Cornell seems to have some willing participants. I may submit later, but not yet.

    What has caught my eye though is the spam comment on the Submit page.

    Shoot My Blog is asking readers to take a photo of the blog and email it to the author. Certainly an interesting idea, it’s still spam though!

    July 13, 2006 Posted by | Blog, Blog Spam, blogging, Geek, Rant | Leave a comment