[wp-hackers] Text ads in themes
r at schestowitz.com
Sun Sep 10 12:23:35 GMT 2006
___/ On Sun 10 Sep 2006 01:26:34 BST, [ Kaf Oseo ] wrote : \___
> Charles wrote:
>> Glass houses, stones, etc. Live and let live, blah blah blah.
> Should I take your response to mean you believe the theme author
> should realize the use of text ads is a big mistake*, perform a
> (very public) mea culpa over it, and then pull the ads from all
> current and future themes?
> Otherwise I don't follow the purpose behind the reference.
I think Charles flagged a possible case of hypocrisy, but I
have always stuck with the assumption that each person is
permitted to make impulsive mistakes, especially at the age
> * An honest and to a degree an understandable one, as the goal
> was no doubt simply to gain a little compensation for his time
> and effort.
Please do criticise me if I'm wrong, but as I said in my
previous message, I actually think that it verges the
unethical (no notification), adverse to openness (no option
for removal), and a wee bit greedy. I wouldn't like to find
KDE peppered with all sorts of links any time soon. Windows
Vista, on the contrary, does take this approach (ads in
login screen and, more latterly, links to Windows Live all
over the O/S). My speculation is that there will be many
last-minute changes to tackle antitrust laws, before the
product hits production and ends up on the shelf. Unethical,
closed, greedy (and not competitive). Even the shills at
Microsoft Watch have criticised the move. And to return back
to topic, I think WordPress (Automattic) should have been
contacted before some supposedly viral content was embedded
in the theme. WP 1.5.0 was criticised at the time for
HotLinking an image, which could raise spyware concerns.
That was benign, but enough to stir up a storm in a teacup.
Roy S. Schestowitz, Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Biophysics
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