Tgas/Topics: Gay, Lesbian removed by wordpress? Anti-gay censorship?

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  • #883870

    pinkagendist
    Member

    It seems wordpress has removed Gay and Homosexuality as topics from the reader. When I go to read blogs, then click on gay, or type in gay, I get this message:
    Nothing to read.
    Find your friends, browse our recommended blogs, or have a look at Freshly Pressed.

    I’ve also tried Lesbian and Homosexuality, and I’m getting the same message. If I type in practically anything else, it works and shows me a series of blogs in whatever other topics.
    Is wordpress now censoring LGBT themed blogs?

    The blog I need help with is pinkagendist.wordpress.com.

    #883965

    macmanx
    Staff

    No censorship whatsoever. We’re tinkering with the Reader right now, so some things aren’t working all that well.

    For example, I just tried to follow the “salad” and “toyota” tags and got the same error, meanwhile “puppy” works just fine.

    #883966

    pinkagendist
    Member

    Interesting, I’ve just tried both salad and toyota and they both work. But if I try gay, lesbian or homosexuality, it doesn’t. I also noticed that my post only starting appearing in other categories of the reader once I removed the word gay as one of the tags. Is this just a freak coincidence?
    If so, when will the system be working again?

    #883968

    macmanx
    Staff

    I believe it’s just a coincidence, but it could be a collection of issues.

    Prior to the Reader, tags related to LGBT were monitored as we unfortunately had to keep track of blogs promoting violence against such lifestyles. I’m wondering if this monitoring may be having an effect on the Reader.

    We’re looking into this, but probably won’t have a fix over the weekend.

    #883983

    Um, here’s mine if you want a look. Gay themed M/M romances;
    http://jessielansdel.wordpress.com

    #883984

    macmanx
    Staff

    jessielansdel, are you having trouble appearing on the Reader too?

    #883985

    tearlily
    Member

    Perhaps any of the people who write about gay or lesbien topics don’t have their posts tagged with gay, lesbien, or homosexual? Just a thought. I have no clue but I have just stopped tagging my posts because its kind of annoying. If you wanted to you could always ask on off topic forums or something if anyone has gay/lesbien blogs out there.

    #883986

    @ macmanx, erm, I don’t know. My blog is classed as mature so probably not. *shrug*

    #883988

    raincoaster
    Member

    I have personally responded to at least three dozen people over the past few days complaining that the reader doesnt’ work and their blogs are not appearing in Topics. Some of them are even fundamentalist Christians. Believe me, it’s not censorship.

    #883990

    pinkagendist
    Member

    Hi, raincoaster
    My problems only started today… along with the issue of using “gay” as a tag.

    #883994

    raincoaster
    Member

    Then YOU are luckier than all those dozens of people. It’s still not censorship.

    #884037

    disembedded
    Member

    Actually, I have long suspected that WordPress has an anti-gay bias.

    #884038

    raincoaster
    Member

    Maybe it does, but it doesn’t have anything to do with this issue.

    #884039

    disembedded
    Member

    Okay.

    #884059

    raincoaster
    Member

    Seriously, it appears to be a universal issue. And I well remember the days when the Gay tag was automatically Mature, but that’s not the case now.

    #884065

    disembedded
    Member

    I agree. Thanks, rain.

    #884084

    macmanx
    Staff

    Actually, I have long suspected that WordPress has an anti-gay bias.

    Some of our employees would disagree. Well, actually all of our employees would disagree, but some wouldn’t have been hired if we had such a bias.

    #884088

    disembedded
    Member

    That doesn’t rule out the bias; it simply indicates that in certain necessary contexts or situations (e.g. legal, public relations), it can be made to appear permeable.

    #884093

    macmanx
    Staff

    Well, I can assure you that there is no bias. You’re welcome to believe whatever you need to believe, but there is no bias here.

    #884094

    macmanx
    Staff

    Also, I can see how what I said above may seem like a legal/PR thing.

    A more accurate statement would be, “some wouldn’t be working with us if we had such a bias.”

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