Monday, February 23, 2015

Is it Curtains?



I urge you Bitches to head over to British Jon's Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle blog and read THIS.

That same Blogger content policy message you'll read on Jon's blog was sent to my email account.

Talk about bad timing. March 23rd is the 9th anniversary of Infomaniac. Or NOT, as the case may be.

It may be curtains for this blog and the blogs of some other naughty Bitches you visit. Unless we go private, apparently.

59 comments:

  1. Goddamn. Censorship and surveillance: the creeping tentacles of fascism.

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  2. Jon doesn't really post nude pictures. WTF? I wonder if Wordpress has these term conditions. I despise Google. It may very well be curtains.

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  3. I got the same message and after thinking "Fuck you Google," I thought "Wordpress here I come."

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  4. I don't believe for a second that Wordpress (whose CEO is from Yahoo) nor Tumblr (owned by Yahoo) will be immune from this kind of "mind-control" that appears endemic in the West. In the thinly-veiled censorship legislation being debated here and in the US in the name of "the war on terror"(TM) and "child protection", porn (sorry, nudity) will be by far the easiest target for the mega-corps to curb. In light of the Charlie Hebdo business, freedom of thought or deed is very much under threat, I fear. Jx

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    1. dear, I sure hope this passes. Could you fetch me a gin....with bromide and my smelling salts?

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  5. No, you're right, Jon doesn't post nude pictures... so is this an anti-gay thing?
    I have noticed that this side of the blogosphere has been ripped to shreds over the past few years. It was the nicest , most authentic, and most entertaining community on here. In five years time, or less, the blogosphere will be occupied by teenagers and marketeers and sponsored blogs... which is probably what the corporates are engineering with all this censorship... resulting in the whole internet becoming a sterile shopping mall.
    Apologies. I am rambling.
    Sx

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  6. I got the same message via email... So i guess that puts paid to celebrating the year of the arse from now on.
    I can't say that i'm not just a little pissed off about it all.

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  7. It's like digital genocide. Facebook recently culled users who had registered under assumed names. Mr Beastie was a victim of this. I'd already deactivated my account, so I didn't experienced the pleasure of being wiped.
    Sx

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    1. Ms. Scarlet, your right. Many of my drag friends were messaged on Facebook saying if they didn't change to real names, their account would be terminated. Thing is they use these facebook pages to generate attention for them and include there club dates. I also said Facebook was evil......right next to Crocs.

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  8. I know I haven't been here in years and years, but as soon as I received the same Google email, I thought of Infomaniac. My email specifically said my site would be affected by these changes so I think they're pretty serious about their new rule. Nearly everyone I know on Blogger will be affected by this.

    It looks like I'll be exporting my Blogger blog over to Wordpress.com for now because they don't have this kind of draconian content rule. Jon is probably right, at least about Tumblr -- Yahoo owns it and they'll slowly start weeding out "inappropriate" content, too. My gut feeling is Wordpress.com won't have the same problems but if they do, setting up your own page and using a Wordpress.ORG template is always an option. Costs money and is a pain, though.

    Definitely back up your blog first thing. You don't want to lose this content just because Google is an asshole.

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  9. And yeah, I think this is a gay thing, or at least a non-hetero thing. ZDNet really goes off on Google for this decision.

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-bans-explicit-adult-content-from-blogger-blogs/

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    1. A very good point was made in one of the comments - "With Google now in many places controlling the site, the search, the browser and the computer (think Chrome Books or Android phones) they have the power to censor whatever they want, when they want, and at various parts of the process. They also are able to then report you for it. It's frightening."

      This year, I intend to dispose of my Android phone in favour of one that isn't run by this megalomaniac mega-corporation. I hope many others do the same. Jx

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    2. Switched to Yahoo today as my search engine of choice. IPhone here I come!! Got a stupid Windows phone at the minute, which I loathe.
      Sx

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    3. I am tempted to take a step backwards and instead of a "smart-phone", get a "stupid" one. With actual buttons. I hate finger-smudged glass... Jx

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    4. dear, I have been using a stupid phone for years.

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  10. I find MJ to be VERY educational! I have learned a great deal of useful bits. And that goes for everyone who comments as well.

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  11. Well, I'm over at wordpress now, and tumblr hasn't treated me like dirt yet so I'll be there until and if they do.
    On the bright side for Blogger, there'll be a few million blogs to get the same recipe for oatmeal cookies...

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    1. That's what I love about you....always seeing the bright side.

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  12. quite interesting....and [coincidentally] i've been thinking about pulling the plug on lots of my internet time. maybe this is a sign?

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    1. I have thought the same, Ms Norma. Although I will be very upset on the 23rd March if I can't access back editions of Infomaniac.
      Maybe we should have a massive blog party on the 22nd and say our goodbyes?
      Sx

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    2. sigh...scarlet, you may be right.

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    3. An erect non-artistic phallus-waving party?!!! Count me in... Jx

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  13. I'll try to help anyone who wants help with Wordpress.com.
    Sx

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    1. I just registered a new account. I have no plans to do anything with it yet, other than pass snarky comments at Peenee's newly "re-homed" blog... Jx

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    2. I think Wordpress is easier to use than Blogger these days. Much cleaner and less glitches... and more support when you look for it. Wordpress is more committed to its users than Blogger ever was.
      Sx

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    3. I think I'm going to have a look into Wordpress. Prepare yourself for a bombardment of questions, Ms Scarlet! x

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    4. Being a complete idoit with computers like MJ, how does one export your whole blog to Wordpress? I have not...yet anyhow, received a email. But if I do, I hate to dump all the years of my blog.

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    5. MM, speaking as someone who's ben there, it's to bad. 1) DO NOT look up helpful tips online. They're all idiots. 2) go to WP, set up a blog. 3) go to your blog on the evil Blogger. Click on Design, click on settings, click on other. There's an export function that will download your blog as a file. Go back to your WP blog, click on My Site, click on WP Admin, click on Tools, click on Import. Import the file. Have a stiff drink.

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    6. as usual, we're all indebted to you dear peenee.
      followed your instructions & i'm now on wp. of course, i'll need to do some drastic redecorating, that'll come later.

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    7. AND.....just remember,
      if norma could do it, anyone can.

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    8. Oh Peeneee, now we shall see if I get a nasty note. I think this weekend I will go and set one up and get the feel just in case. Thank you for you swell help. I suppose now I should get on my knees?

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  14. i saw the story on bbc news this morning! it seems more than arbitrary, it's just fucking WRONG! if you have to go private, please send me an invite! xoxoxox

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  15. Ug. I got one of those emails, too. Must have been because of the recent golden wang.

    This is ridiculous! Blogger can just shit off.

    (I wrote a longer message before but it disappeared somewhere and I can't remember it to write it again. LIVID!)

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    1. Everyone who has an adult content warning received a warning. To be honest, Mr Devine, I don't think you'd get privatised. Not enough gratuitous nudity. Not enough full frontals. Not enough cock.
      :-)
      Sx

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    2. Ah, so that's where I'm going wrong?

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  16. Does this mean Infomaniac is going to revert to a knitting blog again?

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    1. Well, if this turns into a big ole quilting bee, I am only to assume there will be no old man balls, or small pricks like on a normal Friday around here.

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    2. I loved the flamer wars about knitting patterns.

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  17. how about simply turning off the warning button?

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    1. I don't have an "adult content warning" on my blog, and I got the notice from Google Gulag, so I guess everyone will eventually. Jx

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  18. Even though Marybelle Jacola hasn't been round much , just knowing she is causing havoc somewhere and will return is a comfort for us all. A world without Informaniac is like my gin without.....the gin!!!!

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  19. So I'm now successfully moved to WordPress (even though my directions to Mistress Maddie above is full of typos, it's correct.) See the full collections of typos and grammatical errors at https://mrpeenee.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you dear!!!! * puckering up, applying chapstick*

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  20. Dearest Bitches: Thank you for popping 'round to comment on this preDICKament.

    I'm uncertain what to do. As you've noticed by my lack of presence lately, I'm strapped for time these days. I seldom have time for my own blog, let alone visiting the rest of you Bitches.

    Maybe I'll go private. However, PEENEE's instructions on setting up a blog on Wordpress seem quite straightforward.

    And when NORMA said, "if norma could do it, anyone can" regarding Wordpress, it gave me hope. I'm technically-challenged, as most of you know.

    In any case, if I go private, you'll all be invited.

    In the meantime, I feel a party coming on before the lights go out.

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    1. With the biggest cake ever??
      Sx

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    2. One of my main concerns was Blogger saying they would delete the offending blogs and I would hate to lose al my blatherings, just as I would hate to owe you.

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    3. To "lose" you, fucking spellcheck. But I also shudder to think of owing you.

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    4. You owe me BIG time, Peenee.

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  21. I like many of you will be moving to Wordpress soon. As an alternative I would like to offer an invitation to Ello. I haven't set up a page yet but it does position itself as the anti-F-Book etc. Each invitee can thusly invite 25 people and so on and so on. It was the choice of drag queens avoiding the real name debacle. If interested email me (ayem8y@gmail.com) your email address and I will send you an invitation.

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    1. I refused to join F**kbook let alone its "Anti-". However, sad though it is to see you go over to Wordpress - I look forward to seeing your "new home"! Jx

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    2. I haven't done anything with Ello since my invitation. It is an alternative though should Wordpress decide to become draconian. I'm rather excited to start fresh on WP. I love to redecorate. New header, new background, New Curtains!

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  22. Also the thing I don't like about private blogs is once they go private you can't access them in any way. You have to be invited by the blog administrator. Many music blogs were forced to go private. Once they did I couldn't visit. Nor was I able to contact the blog owner to ask for an invite. Locked out permanently. It becomes a limited audience and no chance for new readers to stumble upon them. Most of us would never have even met if Thom or MJ had gone private a long time ago.

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    1. You are absolutely correct. no visibility, bo presence on Google searches, no nothing. Furthermore, there is no information on how the "by invitation" thing works - are people who at the moment "followers" automatically treated as "invitees"? Do links to people's blogs suddenly "break" when they are made "private"? It's all too Kafka-esque for me... Jx

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    2. We certainly all indebted to MJ and Thombeau, freaky freaks that they are. And I see no point to private blogs. You might as well send out a mass email.

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    3. Yes, I have wonder too if current followers will still be able to view blogs. I have read more than not, they will, since its before the 23rd deadline. But some say they won't either.

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  23. Still haven't a clue what to do but in the meantime, I've posted something new.

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