October 08, 2003

Slashdot Genuflect

So, I've been tracking the hits for the "Google Spam Filtering Gone Bad" report. Up to this evening, it was about 500. Then it became one part of a collection of follow-up notes on Slashdot ("Slashback"). Below the fold (ie, you have to click through).

More than 500 hits in a few hours. It won't be ten thousand, but I guess it'll be 1500.

Thanks, you-know-who. I appreciate it.

Sigh. I really want to write to the management of Slashdot:

[begin fantasy]

C'mon guys, help me out!. For example, I spent hundreds of dollars, which was out of my own pocket, while unemployed, to go do DMCA testimony. Over the years, I've poured a huge amount of work into preserving net freedoms, at an enormous cost to myself.

Yet Michael Sims, who outright domain-hijacked Censorware Project's website, is being _de facto_ supported as a Slashdot "editor", and given the ability to rant and make personal attacks on the front page to hundreds of thousands of people. He's already been ruinously destructive, from the domain-theft to even breaking trust with sensitive legal material. It's no paranoia at all, it's already happened.

This is the real world here. It's not a trivial flame-war where we turn-off our computers, and go out for a beer later. People get sued. Even jailed!

RESPECT. It's the lack of respect, on many levels, which bothers me so much.

[end fantasy]

But if I sent that, I'd probably get in trouble. I've learned better.

This is why I've quit.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on October 08, 2003 10:56 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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