Someone closed my thread before I could get back on and reply. Here’s the original: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=9192&page&replies=26
[–The lower-life form who owns the building where I live has been arrested and sentenced to 180 days –house arrest –in my building; his way of handling it: committing new crimes, including shutting off my electricity & gas, other junk. Where’s Karma when you need it, sigh.]
On my blog, original page, I wrote, in part: "If you found out a neighbor raped your child…If you found out…your own "spiritual" advisor passed the rapist around --enabled the violator of your child to rape 400 other 5-year old girls –5-year old boys...for decades…what would you do? What wouldn't you do?"
–to which WP added AdSense ads.
~"others have more traffic” –others' –missing apostrophe; meant: other BLOGS get more traffic than mine; why even use my blog to make money.
~Sulz: isn't FEEDBACK for something broken/not working right? WP Admin. directly chose my page for advertising, so to them: not viewed as 'broken.'
~Mark: that link as reply –to my questions?
I looked at WordPress for three months, before signing up to get a blog, because I was suspicious; disbelieving that such an ‘offer’ for ‘free’ was sustainable; possible…what would be the consequences, eventually? How would the owners make money?
I want no misunderstanding of my views:
~ I believe in advertising. Advertising is honest. –Don’t believe me? After six years of college I entered art school; but when my parents heard I was in graphic design and advertising depts., neither approved, one stopped speaking to me (for two yrs), neither would pay for it; important enough to me: I worked my way thru school; eventually: had my own ad agency, in Beverly Hills.
~A doctor, a ballet dancer, a mechanic, a painter of canvas, a schoolteacher –I believe every human on the planet is in ‘sales.’ Anyone who claims they are against it: in deep denial; delusional. No? EVERY question posted to “Support Forum” –boiled down, every tip, widget, trick, “Search” feature, How To is about: Attracting readers. Attempt to Attract is: advertising. If a writer was Truly Utterly indifferent if anyone read: there would not be A Single other thing on the blog, besides words. It would not be: on-line.
~Advertising is honest –as opposed to? PR: where one manipulates media—public’s airwaves, mainstream newspapers—to “cover” something –which gets attention, thereby some desired response. i.e., “adopt” an orphan elephant –in a location that ‘happens’ to be the same spot where airline you own is about to start flying a new route. = “ink” –advertising –but for free. Airline owner (Virgin) used an elephant, instead of money, to tell the world he’s got another destination –on which he will make money, but using public’s media. = dishonest, IMO.
~ WP wants to use the space they gave me –to make money?
a.) It’s about time
b.) Where’s the honesty
c.) Where’s the Notice
That the WP Admin.’s are using ‘free’ blogs to generate revenue tells me: the rubber has hit the road; they are growing up; acquiring some wisdom; being realistic; leaving some of the
‘lofty’ goals on the side of the road/traded for paying the bills. Fair enough.
BUT: WP Admin. utterly Fails to FACE –Directly, what they are doing. Where’s the Admission –that WP IS doing that –regularly –so that THE CONTRACT is Known –I am informed/CAN exercise my Free will to Accept OR to reject the Contract?
If you handed me the keys and the Pink slip to a car –and every night siphoned the gas tank, without telling me you were going to do that, is that a deal I should ‘go along with’ –because You gave me the car?
WP wants to change a policy, that is WP’s Right. WP wants to co-opt MY Right, to reject or accept the change –by not Stating the new Terms/Policy or by Not admitting there is a change: WAAAAY over the line. WP doesn’t have the Right to Slide into a new policy without: expressly Telling me/users the terms –telling that there is a change and exactly what that change is.
WP: using my creativity, brains, energy –to generate revenue, to the benefit of only one side of the Contract? Okay.
But At Very MINIMUM: WP owes me/users FULL NOTICE of the change. Several Months: is no longer a “test.” Change –what I believe IS now the contract –may put me/all WP bloggers in LEGAL jeopardy, because I had something on the blog –blog that WP has now morphed into Commercial purpose??? –Will a judge, somewhere, believe us, the bloggers, that we did not know WP CHANGED –without telling us? How much money has WP got in the till –if WP bloggers are sued?
WP wants to put ads –on my page about Oscar antics of the over-paid, under-worked self-absorbed? Have at it. But: the ad system will Catch the part in it about anorexics draped in diamonds (‘Polished Carbon –on Hangers’) –that cost somebody’s blood, so there will not be any diamond jeweler ads, right?
WP wants to put ads –on my page about a pedophile rapist enabled by a “priest”???…what ads –for such a post? People certified to do castration? People offering Free-lance lethal injection? I Don’t THINK so. I mean Really: what ads does WP Admin think –appropriate on such a page? Where is the judgment –the Filter?
That link posted by Mark –re: ‘test of advertising’ “announcement”: disrespectful; no answer. I got the same “answer” when I asked, several weeks ago, why: ads for “bail bond company” –utterly inappropriate, was on my blog. And further insult: I was accused of attacking a poster –false, and that thread was edited/censored. –That link: Not a Response; not appropriate.
So: I don’t have a problem with advertising; no beef with WP earning money or using advertising. I Got a prob with: No Notice of putting advertising on my blog; Kinds of ads; Where ads land; Inadequate (?) filter.
Think this is boring –nothing to do with you? Cases are winding thru the courts –that could be a bit more than ‘boring.’ One: a blogger is being sued $150,000 PER Page –for links on the blog –each page on which advertising appears. Supposing a judge somewhere wants to stick her/his head above the crowd, get noticed by Finding: a Few ads on a Few WP blogs Changes the status of ALL WP blogs? --If WP bloggers with links are liable only IF ads on the blog, whether they Knew about the ads on their blog or NOT; Or –If ALL WP bloggers get subjected to New interpretation of new laws –even though WP is “doing a test” –how long will you stick around? Still boring?
WP HAVING Policy of putting ads on a blog but Not Stated/blogger not Informed? Okay, then WP will do the defending if I get sued, right?
NOTE: This issue is too important to get into side issue fights, so Please: Stick to the subject –or risk this thread being “Closed” again or censored out of existence.
I look forward to thoughts, viewpoints, details, info cuz I'm not sure what to do.