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Harassment Proof struckbyenlightning.wordpress.com

  1. struckbyenlightning needs to have their account deleted for harassing me from RichardDawkins.net forums. This is a conversation between her and another member who have been sending me hate messages–they are actually putting it out there that I don’t moderate so I’m an easy target.
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    by VictorTheSixth » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:26 am

    http://poetverse.wordpress.com/
    ^Blog of Creationist^

    It’s amazing what someone can do with the net if they have a bit of time on their hands. I’m not at all saying that people should go to this Creationist’s blog, point out her idiocies, and trash it. I’m just mildly hinting that she doesn’t have her comment sections Moderated .VictorTheSixth
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    by LinzeeBinzee » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:53 am

    VictorTheSixth wrote:
    Seems she decided to leave… were I a crueler man, I’d suggest that we track down her blog

    Haha, not just yet…she just posted something new. She quoted her husband who said “If you touch shit, you get shit on you”…and then went on to scold someone else for posting a rude comment on her blog. Hilarious! I urged her to continue the conversation though because so far it’s been fun!http://struckbyenlightning.wordpress.com/
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    by thoughtseeker » Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:02 pm

    Hi, you are both in violation of this site’s code, and you are harassing the owner of Poet Verse. Take down the link and cease commenting on my blog or I will take legal action against this forum as well as you-I have your IP addresses.

    Thanks,thoughtseeker
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  2. Um, they’re not in violation of anything. You can’t take legal action against someone because they disagree with you and you don’t like that. I kind of doubt you have their IP addresses, like it matters anyway.

    So, yeah. You can’t control what people say just because you don’t like it. I see no harassment here at all.

  3. Done a little more looking…

    So, someone linked to your blog and asked their fellow members to go comment on it. I read somewhere that you’re a lawyer–I hope not. Basic things like harassment shouldn’t need explained to you.

  4. Actually, conspiring to inundate my blog with hate messages is harassment. And yes, I am well studied in law and know what rights I have.

  5. I noticed you are an atheist. Being an atheist is fine, and I don’t care what you are–or what you say–but no one has a right to send people to my blog to send me hate mail…which I have saved.

  6. What you perceive as hate mail and what someone else perceives as hate mail can be very different. I’d like to see some of these hate messages, from my own investigation, I haven’t found anything particularly offensive.

    And sorry, but it’s perfectly okay to link to a blog and tell people to go to it. Even if I tell people to go refute what’s being said. If there is something purely hateful or threatening, I will reverse my opinion, but from what I can see, that’s very unlikely.

  7. It should be noted that poetverse engaged struckbyenlightning at the latters blog, basically spewing a bunch of nonsense and rude comments. Sruckbyenlightning, a member of RD.net, posted on that forum, asking what to do about poetverse, and how to engage her in a debate, with poetverse apparently not being very well versed in logical thinking. A couple of RD.net members commented on struckbyenlightning’s blog, debunking poetverse’s nonsense, and poetverse got vile.

    A couple of people took it upon themselves to let poetverse know that she can’t behave however she pleases, and commented on her blog. Poetverse immediately started censoring her comments section, claiming harassment, and subsequently threatened legal action towards RD.net.

    In my opinion, poetverse is a highly emotionally disturbed person, apparently unable to see the hypocrisy in her behavior. She’s not to be taken seriously.

  8. Umm I didn’t ask anyone to post on your blog, I didn’t even ask them to post on my blog! How ridiculous!

  9. @poetverse,

    Surely you’ve figured out by now that you can easily set your comments to moderation. Just go into your dashboard and set the discussion settings so that anyone who has already comment can comment without moderation. All others get modded first.

    And for those you don’t want to comment at all, you can block them by name, by IP address, by URL, the works. Just set it up and you’re fine.

  10. Actions by people on third-party sites, like the Dawkins one, don’t generally have any legal ramifications on WordPress.com.

  11. Actually, I saved all of the messages and I have put up moderation and now have Ips blocked, but my point is that my blog was targeted as a place to spew hate…and no…the comments were not disagreements…I was called names, insulted….

    You do have the right to free speech, but no–you don’t have the right to promote my blog to your friends as a place to send hate mail–that is harassment.

    Acutally, raincoaster, you are wrong. If a wordpress.com user posts my wordpress.com link on another site and, with friends, conspires that I should have my blog inundated with hate mail because it doesn’t look like I am moderated–that falls under harassment.

    And by the way, I went to her blog not because of an atheist post–it was a post about how she saw a movie and lost her faith–it was only later that I learned that it was an atheist pit. You see…plenty of atheists put posts under tags that are misleading so you don’t know you are on a devout atheist’s blog–that is her fault for using incorrect tags.

  12. I didn’t tell anyone to go to your blog.

    What kind of hateful comments did you get? Did any of them come from me? I don’t remember saying anything hateful to you so I don’t see how you can be justified in saying my blog should be taken down.

    How was I using tags incorrectly?

    Also, in the post that you commented on I said that I’m an atheist so I don’t know why you thought you weren’t commenting on an atheist blog.

    btw there’s no such thing as a devout atheist. There is no dogma of atheism, so nothing to be devoted to. It’s simply the absence of belief in gods.

  13. If you think you’re being harassed, why aren’t you talking to a lawyer? Posting comments on third-party sites, even nasty, name-calling ones that encourage people to spam your blog, isn’t against the terms of service here; they relate only to actions here.

  14. Ladies (I’m guessing here) have you considered taking your little drama to your own blogs? Flamewars are awesome for hits; why throw them away on the forum?

    And at this point not even GOD cares whether you’re atheists or not, really: it’s not a WordPress.com issue.

  15. pornstarbabylon
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    Oct 2, 2009, 7:31 AM

    Unless they post personal information like name and address, then let the comments go through and make new posts out of them. I was banned from a forum once, well many times, and I blogged about it. Many of them came to my blog and left angry comments and it was just an all out war. It lasted for weeks. One of my haters sent in an angry letter to a very popular site and he ran it. I sent in my reply. I post it all my blog. They comment again and it’s a war again. Fabulous for traffic. Raincoaster ^^ had the entire country of Albania hating her on her blog one time!

  16. Uh, this poetverse broad’s NAME links to her blog. I, for one, took it upon myself to return the bilious textual vomit she was constantly dropping on struckbyenlightening’s blog. It’s a ludicrous assertion that Linzee ordered people to inundate poetverse’s blog with hate mail. I just did it because she’s a hypocritical twat who cries foul when her own vitriolic hatred is thrown back at her. No one told me to do it.
    As for flame wars, I’m all for that. I love me some flaming. Maybe I’ll get hits on MY blog (that sucks more than catholic priest). I’m not even sure I’ve posted an entry. I should… for the whole overflow of the flamage. I need a pee.

  17. “Ladies (I’m guessing here) have you considered taking your little drama to your own blogs? Flamewars are awesome for hits; why throw them away on the forum?”

    I’d rather get hits because people are interested in what I have
    to say.

    Besides, she won’t even let me comment on her blog…here’s what I posted there and it was deleted:

    “This is clearly in response to the discussion we were having on my blog as you posted the same thing in the comments over there, so hopefully you’re ok with me responding here.

    You’re complaining that there are hateful blogs out there that say things that you find hurtful, and then you call my blog shit. Is that not hurtful or mean-spirited?

    I’m an atheist and I discuss my lack of beliefs on my blog, and I don’t understand how that can be seen as hateful. If I did say something that was hateful or that insulted you personally then I would appreciate if you could point that out so that I can apologize. I always try my best to criticize only the arguments, and not the person making them, so I’m sorry if I said something to insult you directly.

    I said it over there and I’ll say it again here, I thought we were having a good back-and-forth, and I would very much like to continue it.

    Thanks for letting me comment, hopefully we can continue our discussion either here or back on my blog.”

    Carolina – what about that offended you so much that you didn’t want other people to see it??? Sure seems like you can’t take criticism but you have no problem dishing it out.

  18. What does atheist have to with it?
    I read a bit of what you have said and i all i see is bam, aka bitch and moan.

    I don’t mean to be brutal, but shut up, get a real ride and find a real problem to bam about

  19. Just a note–I don’t know of anyone that tags all their posts by the topic of their blog.

  20. Oops.

    It’s not misleading to not tag your blog by what it’s about. I see you don’t tag all your posts by Catholicism or Creationism, you misleading devil worshiper.

  21. 45flight, I don’t CARE if you’re a fundie or a godless heathen, I love you.

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Hawt Post (9 posts)

  1. How does an individual, get to be on the front page with a Hawt Post?

  2. i wouldn’t know, but i guess you’d post something really argument inspiring, and then get people to read you blog via forums. that’s how i’d do it, anyways…

  3. Lacy low cut bra’s always helps.
    Unless you’re a man baby!

  4. what the hell is a hawt post and who cares?

  5. If you don’t care, why are you posting in the Hawt Post thread?

    You get to be Hawt Post by meeting the criteria of some algorithm created by staff. It’s some sort of combination of fastest-growing hits and a number of other factors. It roughly measures how “on fire” your blog is at the present moment. Would be neat if we had a measure for ALL blogs, not just the #1.

    There’s also http://botd.wordpress.com

  6. raincoaster? because I can

  7. Nasty remark………that was out of line and uncalled for.

  8. what is a raincoaster? i would thing a little simple courtesy would be in order here. what is wrong with you and your attitude?>

  9. Nasty remark? You mean yours?

    Oh, honey, have a full refund.

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Downloading Themes From WordPress (31 posts)

  1. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 13, 2009, 7:47 AM

    Can I download a theme from wordpress.com and use custom CSS to upload the theme? Will that be possible?

  2. No and no. Themes at WordPress.com are not downloadable. Themes which are downloadable are for WordPress.org blogs. You cannot apply external themes to a WordPress.com blog. The CSS upgrade allows you to edit CSS, not change a theme. It changes only the appearance, which is only a small part of a theme.

  3. Do not buy the CSS upgrade if you don’t know how to write CSS. You can test changes you want to make using the free Preview and when you’re ready, then purchase it after making sure you can change what you want in the Preview.

  4. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 13, 2009, 8:36 AM

    If I really want a free theme that is downloaded from the website, which type of upgrade should I purchasec in order to use the downloaded theme for my wordpress.com website?

  5. You cannot apply external themes to a WordPress.com blog, regardless of which upgrade you purchase. Your options are to use what you’ve got here free, to learn CSS and edit it to look differently after purchasing the CSS upgrade, or qualify for the VIP program, pay $600 a month, and design your own theme.

  6. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 13, 2009, 9:38 AM

    However I do not want to design the theme by myself, there are themes that are downloadable from other sites?

    So can you tell me if I cannot apply external themes to a WordPress.com blog, what can I do to have a downloaded theme for my website? Although the theme I want to use is made by WordPress.com but it’s in files. I know it is possible to download a theme from a site that is hosted by WordPress and install it to a WordPress blog.

    Except for the VIP program, are there any other options for me? If I do not want to use WordPress, which site can I choose a theme since I think that the themes on WordPress.com do not have enough choices selection. I know there could be ways for people who has downloaded a theme hosted by WordPress and install the theme for WordPress website.

    Another question, what is the difference between “wordpress.org” and “wordpress.com”?

    (Please respond every important questions)

  7. No, you cannot have a downloaded theme on your blog. It is NOT possible to download a theme from a site from a site that is hosted by WordPress and install it to a WordPress.COM blog.

    There is a thread permanently at the very top of the forum on the difference between the types of WordPress.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-read-me-first-before-posting?replies=1

  8. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 13, 2009, 9:43 AM

    So you mean that wordpress.org is editable for almost everything? So where can I get it? Is it free?

  9. Did you read that?

  10. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 13, 2009, 9:45 AM

    Can I have the link to download it directly? For WordPress.org

  11. You have to go to http://wordpress.org and get it there.

  12. You really DO need to read that post. It’s the very first link in the post.

  13. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 13, 2009, 9:52 AM

    I don’t like reading a bunch of words. I want it simple. But anyway, I went to wordpress.org, but I found out that after I’ve downloaded the wordpress.org, there’s just files. How can I create a website?

  14. You’ll have to ask over at WordPress.org. We don’t do that here.

  15. @perfectionistgal if you do not want to read “bunch oh words”why writing a blog and asking people to read YOUR bunch of words, why post here, why bother?

    Surely you can understand that you are NOT the first person on the surface of this earth who came here asking that very same question, so why can’t you stand being redirected to the answer to your very question?

    This beggars belief, really. In wordpress.com you can only use the themes that are here and if you want to be self-hosted, you can go to wordpress.org and build your own sitebut it would NOT be a wordpress.com blog then, it would be another blog with another address that you would have to pay for. What is so complicated here to understand? Good luck to you, and you really should thank rain for having so much patience with you.

  16. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 14, 2009, 1:27 PM

    @sunnisme

    What you said here sounds offensive.

    Here’s a support forum and basically it’s a place for everyone to ask anything they do not know.

  17. @perfectionistgal

    You are right – it is a support forum. You asked two questions which were both correctly answered within 7 minutes and since then you have been, to put it mildly, a pain in the backside.

    I read what sunnisme posted and none of it seemed offensive to me.

  18. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 14, 2009, 2:08 PM

    Well that’s fine if you do not seem what he wrote is offensive, I respect your opinion. Just to be clearer, I’m not here to argue. I just want to know how to have custom themes for me website?

  19. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 14, 2009, 2:31 PM

    Correction: “my” not “me”

  20. You say you only want to know how to have custom themes for your website but you see, Jessica, this is exactly what raincoaster has ALREADY answered. You cannot download external themes to use with a wordpress.com blog. Simple as that. You can pay for the CSS upgrade, and customize that way *to a certain extent only*, and NO, THAT WOULD NOT ALLOW YOU TO DOWNLOAD EXTERNAL THEMES TO A WORDPRESS.COM BLOG. If you are not familiar with “CSS”, then surely you do not want to pay for that.
    And just to make it clear: I think I would be offended if somebody asked me a question, and I had given them a link which IS the answer to their question, and they answered me “I dont like reading a bunch of words”. Please be considerate with those who are trying to help by actually trying to UNDERSTAND what they are telling you.

  21. @perfectionistgal, people here don’t know how to make themes since we cannot do it here.

    I have absolutely no idea your level of programming experience, but creating themes is NOT something for a beginner. If you do not have a high level of expertise with PHP scripting and are not well versed in how to avoid security issues with PHP, then you can really mess yourself up in a hurry. Even going into the PHP files of an existing theme to change or add functionality can put you in the middle of a mine field.

    If you do not already have theme writing and design experience, my suggestion is to scour the internet, find a theme that comes close to what you want, and then use CSS to stylize it (if you have CSS editing experience).

  22. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 14, 2009, 3:20 PM

    Just to be honest, I do not like the way you use my real name in public, however you should ask me before using my real name. It is a warning. Listen to me: call me “Perfectionist Gal”. I will get support in wordpress.ORG, so please you don’t have to worry.

  23. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 14, 2009, 3:23 PM

    @thesacredpath – Thanks for telling me to put into consideration on regard about PHP files and custom themes. I would like to download an existed theme from wordpress and install it for my website.

  24. Are you talking about a self-hosted blog when you say “install it for my website?” The themes here have been modified to work at wordpress.COM, and will not work properly on self-hosted wordpress blogs.

    Do a Google search for the name of the theme you are wanting to use (something like “chaoticsoul wordpress theme”). Most of the ones used here have equivalents for self-hosted blogs although they may have been revised several times from the version used here.

  25. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 14, 2009, 4:00 PM

    I had a chosen theme and ready for it to use. But there’s not an option for me when i go edit my profile theme.

  26. perfectionistgal
    Member
    May 14, 2009, 4:03 PM

    I got another idea most recently, I also want a self-hosted blog from WordPress.org but could not figure it out how to use it.

  27. If your blog is hosted here at wordpress.COM, then you CANNOT upload or use themes that you find on the internet. Those themes are ONLY for self-hosted blogs. Raincoaster told you that in the fifth post in this thread: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/downloading-themes-from-wordpress?replies=26#post-339124 .

    A self-hosted blog needs a certain level of web knowledge and expertise and from this thread, it is apparent that you are not at that level. This is not me being mean, it is simply the reality that I see.

    The gulf between what is required to blog at wordpress.COM, and what is required to set up, maintain and troubleshoot and blog on a self-hosted blog is wider than the Grand Canyon.

  28. Thanks, guys.

    For anyone interested in continuing this thread, I suggest a simple copy/paste will save you oodles of time.

  29. @raincoaster : LOL, you’re soooooo right!

  30. I just want to note that this thread is hilarious to read. It’s going under my favorites.

  1. Hi there,

    I’m a newbie on wordpress.com and can’t figure out why the date of my latest post isn’t showing on the main page? I’ve added the calender but it doesn’t seem to be showing which date the page was published?

    My blog is http://www.mayellaboo.wordpress.com

    Thanks!

  2. You have set your main landing page as a static page instead of the standard blog page which shows your posts. Pages are for static material that seldom changes, and that is why dates or times are not shown on pages. Posts will show dates, but I am unaware of any themes here that show times on posts.

    Just in case you unfamiliar with the differences between posts and pages I’m including the following link to a support document that explains the difference: http://support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

  3. Thanks for your help.

  4. You’re welcome.

  5. The Thirteen Theme shows the time of a post.

  6. jalexartis
    Typo alert:
    but I am unaware of any themes here that show times on posts.
    should read:
    but I am unaware of any themes here that show times on pages.

  7. Kubrick shows dates and times of posts and comments.

  8. No dates or time on pages, though.

  9. Seems rossfromwash’s got a thing with comments: more than half of his forum posts today refer to comments in response to questions that have nothing to do with comments.

    For the record, the posting time is displayed in 23 themes. Kubrick is not one of them.

  10. Makes sense because his blog is mostly comments.

    Panos,
    You should have a blog with all these interesting tidbits you pop up with!

  11. (Crossed my mind…)

  12. That’s great!

  13. Well, I guess i’ll leave to help forum to you experts. You seem to be doing a fine job. You’ve helped me so much I dont even feel the need to post in this forum anymore. Its kind of like someone asks you if the sky is blue, you run outside look and come back and say, no its grey today. Thanks so much!!
    By the way, I do know the difference between posts, pages and comments. But if you think about it, you can work around the limitations and manage to achieve the effect you want, even if its not what the terminology you are using seems to suggest you would like to do.
    Instead of saying constantly, you cant do this and you cant do that, how about saying, “you can do this to achieve the desired effect”.

    Example:
    Q: …can’t figure out why the date of my latest post isn’t showing on the main page?

    Then after explaining why it is not showing…..

    A: You could work around that problem by manually typeing in the date and time on the “page” or “post”.

    Yes i’m off topic, thanks for the reminder. Have fun “helping” people.

  14. Door, ass, you know how it works.

    I know friends of yours who worked for Obama. They say you’re a total pain in the ass and they can’t take you anywhere, because you’re not properly socialized.

    Welcome.

  15. wow. raincoaster,

    did I miss something?

    There are annoying people sometimes, but usually you are so polite. Some of annoying folk annoy even me and this one seems to be saying good-bye…

  16. Oh, this dude has blown a lot of hot air and acted like a know-it all while giving the wrong answers from day one, so I’ve had my eye on him. It takes a lot to make my radar, but he did it. He’s an ass.

    And what I said his cohorts said about him? Is absolutely true. That’s what they said.

  17. ok.
    I did answer the fellow on this forum,and thought he was not understanding basic concepts of life, well blogging…
    Some folk go their own way.
    Thoreau and different drummers

  18. I honestly think he does NOT understand the basic concepts.

  19. When did you become such an asshole Lorraine? You honestly do NOT understand the basic concepts. In fact your prolific garbage is only rivaled by your OWN hot air. We are all tired of hearing it.

  20. Ah, the old “the lurkers are with me.” I haven’t seen it in so long I thought it had retired.

    If you can look up my real name, Ross, you have perhaps also realized that I live in a different country. If I’ve heard this, many MANY people have heard this. And they’ve just seen this, too.

that fabulous, fun-filled game ” Spot The Blooper!”

20090402-spottheblooper

And the contestant who correctly identifies the blooper wins a free WordPress.com blog! 😉

And another one! Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the owner of the oldest account on WordPress.COM

A member for 2010 years?

How can I stop people from making a new post? (23 posts)

  1. How can I stop people from making a new post? I don’t want anyone to make a post. I just want them to comment only. I want to reserve new posts for me only. Thanks.

    College Mom

  2. Please stop posting the same question more than once.

  3. Get a life, ellaella. This is my first time on here. Don’t you know what mistakes are? Your too wound up. Loosen up and enjoy life more.

    God bless

  4. Now THAT was completely uncalled for. Have an enema and a happy day 🙂

  5. Thank you, rain.

    And you’re welcome, collegemom.

  6. I think Raincoaster was saying that you were completely uncalled for in whish she is right. Chill out.

  7. No, raincoaster was saying that your throwing attitude around is not acceptable, even if it’s covered in rainbow stickers and wrapped in a bow covered in My Little Ponys.

    If you want the volunteers in the forum to help you, you have to stop reading emotion into posts that contain only instruction. If you want insult, well, you insult someone. And then you may find that, having lowered the bar, you are no longer comfortable with the bar set that low.

  8. She was the one throwing the attitude around. She didn’t have to say anything at all about my mulitble posts. She did not word it in a helpful instructional manner. I am new to this and mistakes happen. I was shocked she even made the comment. I would never had told someone that. Sorry about the confusion. I just may never get on here again. People are too sensitive. 🙂

  9. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/profile/collegemom2

    Don’t be shocked when people correct you for making mistakes. Correcting people is one thing; it’s what we do in a technical help forum. Blaming them is another, and that’s what you did. It has no place here.

  10. Can someone give me instructional comments on the question I am asking? I really need help. Thanks.

  11. Yes, follow the link ella posted to her response to your post in one of your other threads.

  12. I feel attacked for just making a mistake. Gosh, I hope others aren’t attached when they make a mistake. I am moving on and forgetting this whole question.

    Sorry to everyone else who had to read all these comments that had nothing to do with my questions.

  13. I saw that. Ella’s response is the right answer. collegemom2 seems to be so wound up that she forgot to go read what ella said.

  14. I cross-linked them all, tess, to save people the time of answering twice. Thrice.

  15. collegemom2 is going back to the other threads to leave an additional “get a life” comment. I will make no comment on that.

  16. She still hasn’t said thank you on any of her duplicate threads. Good thing I’m not sensitive…

  17. Thank you. 🙂

  18. If you look at the way the blog is structured:

    http://collegemom2.wordpress.com/undergraduate-level-text-books/#comment-620

    You’ll see that she’s set it up so that she wants to charge people for the right to comment on her blog. Going back to ella’s point, there seems to be some confusion there about the different roles on WordPress.com blogs, and a review is in order. We can, as David B Dale pointed out on yet another of these threads, all go to her blog and comment, without paying her $5 membership fee.

  19. Is that kosher, charging to comment on a .com blog?

  20. Is pay pal kosher?

  21. OIC. She wants to charge people to sell stuff using her blog to sell it. Alrighty then.

Reading the latest forum debate and also this, as someone who’s been around the forums longer than most of the volunteers (but who have probably contributed much more than I have), this is my two cents: be detached.

The previous messy, controversial dramas that happened between WordPress.com staff and volunteers began along the lines of volunteers disagreeing with how staff is running the forums and policing other volunteers.

On one hand, I understand – having volunteered before – that volunteers can have really good suggestions on how to improve the forums and the efficiency of solving bloggers’ problems. It’s natural that the people who contributed and hung out at the forums for a long time to care and want to make a bigger difference in improving the forums other than their present contributions. Besides, if their suggestions were implemented it would also make their lives a lot easier when answering questions.

On the other hand, having seen two of the biggest volunteers eliminated from the forums just like *snaps fingers* that, I learnt that WordPress.com will not make the forums to suit the community of volunteers. Volunteers have to suit themselves around the system. The staff probably have their own reasons why they do not implement excellent suggestions offered by the volunteers, but whether there are good or lame reasons for not doing so, volunteers do not have the power to change their minds. Keep harping about it, and you may suffer the fates of DrMike and Timethief.

The spirit of volunteerism is that you don’t expect anything from your contribution. The spirit of volunteerism is to be detached. Give and don’t expect anything (even if it is for the betterment of the forums).

I once e-mailed Support, asking if they actually want volunteers around the forums after they removed DrMike and Timethief. There was also a rumour saying that they plan to eliminate the volunteers one by one. They responded, saying something along the lines of appreciating the efforts of volunteers and welcome them. I deleted that e-mail, but this is how I see it: WordPress.com welcomes volunteers helping bloggers, but not their well-meant intentions of suggesting to staff how to better run it.

ps. Since when Teck is no longer part of this blog? 😦

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