[wp-hackers] Crossposting to wordpress.com

Kevin Newman CaptainN at unFocus.com
Thu Jun 14 22:06:31 GMT 2007

Mark R wrote:
> On 6/13/07, Anthony Yarusso <tonyyarusso at comcast.net> wrote:
>> When I was starting my new blog, I liked a lot of the aspects of the
>> wordpress.com site, and created an account there.  I like the "online
>> community" sort of thing, as well as the tracking of new and popular
>> blogs, etc.  However, I was ultimately deterred because I wouldn't be
>> able to install other plugins of my choosing.  Now I have my blog
>> hosted elsewhere, but would like if people could still access the
>> content through the wordpress.com site.  Is there a crossposting
>> method available for this?
> One of the benefits of having a blog at wordpress.com is that you are
> joining a community.
> If you choose to leave for your own domain / blog elsewhere then you lose
> those community features.
> If we allowed cross-posting into the blogs and therefore into our Tags
> pages, the effect would be to encourage spammers and others in their 
> efforts
> to gain traffic. So the part of the ToS that Mark quotes will be used.
> Additionally, the content of the blog on wordpress.com would be a 
> duplicate
> of another blog elsewhere which is another point against it.
> You can't leave wordpress.com but select those elements you want to stay
> hooked into - whether using plugins or not. So there may well be a method
> but it is not something that would be permitted.
> Mark.

Are concerns over spam is really warranted here. We all put up with spam 
in other open systems, like blog comments and email (and have come up 
with very good counter measures - like akismet). I can see how they 
(wp.com) would want users to continue using their service, since that's 
why they set it up.

I wonder if there is a place for a plugin, or something along those 
lines that would create a similar community feel (and features) amongst 
distributed blogs, rather than just between blogs hosted by wp.com.

Just a thought,

Kevin N.

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