Pot, Kettle and the required EULA

ZDNet's Community Firewall

Having held fire for a few days to make sure I was cool-headed, I was about to go to comment on a poisonous little posting on a ZDNet journalist blog. I wrote a cool-headed reply and clicked "post".

Then I found that despite the appearance of openness (no hint on the comment form of all this), ZDNet has no interest in "community comment". They are actually cynically trying to capture reader data so they can "monetise" it.

To post a comment, I would have to go through a multi-step registration process and fill out the form shown over to the right (which requires personal information including a postal address, requires I accept their EULA and is set to "opt in" for spam by default - I have annotated the version on Flickr if you click through). There's no way I am doing that. I suggest you take the same attitude to them and avoid giving them any sort of support until they fix this cynical community attitude.

The most delicious irony though is they were criticising me for poor community skills...

Comments:

Hi Simon,

Have to admit although the ZDNet registration process looks a pain in the backside, this post has intrigued me to want to read the original blog posting by the ZDNet journalist in question (whoever that may be), and what your response might have been (and why you felt offended enough to reply, because effectively this has become your response, of course).

I suspect the only effect of posting this blog entry is to generate search engine queries to find the original, offending, article.

As you know even better than I, people like to make up their own minds.

Ciao,

Wayne

Posted by Wayne Horkan on June 29, 2008 at 12:34 AM PDT #

Actually I have a response in mind, but had not been planning on blogging it. I'll need to reflect on whether I want to do that as it will involve sending direct traffic (as opposed to the trickle generated in the way you suggest) and honestly I don't want to give the author that satisfaction since I presume that's the reason he's so often artificially controversial.

My comment is not posted on the blog in question since there is no way to do that without registering.

Posted by Simon Phipps on June 29, 2008 at 12:41 AM PDT #

Yeah that's crap. Most of those types are windows fanboys anyway, so I don't get what's worth reading, you know?

Posted by ethana2 on June 30, 2008 at 07:35 AM PDT #

Post a Comment:
Comments are closed for this entry.
About

Thoughts and pointers on digital freedoms and technology markets. With a few photos too.

Search

Archives
« April 2014
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
    
       
Today