There’s something interesting and alarming happening on Alex King’s blog. It seems that one or more websites using WordPress are spamming Yahoo! Answers. Because his site, and other WordPress developers and designers, are included in the blogroll by default in basic WordPress installations, people are accusing Alex King and other WordPress developers or spamming.
Matt and the WordPress developers put links into the blogroll of WordPress installations as examples of blogroll links. You can leave them or lose them and add your own. There are no rules or regulations about who is your blogroll list. It’s simply a way of creating example placeholders.
Since spammers and splogs are not modifying their WordPress blog installations, these links sit there.
It’s really easy to blame those people. It’s also easy to blame WordPress. But that’s blaming good folks for what bad folks do with good programs.
Dear Yahoo! Answers Visitors–
I’m sorry to hear that someone is spamming Yahoo! Answers.
Please understand that just because a web site links to mine does not mean that I am somehow responsible for their site or their actions.
Removing King or other’s links from basic WordPress installations will not change things. Accusing, name calling, or spamming these folks will also not change things. Reporting the splog itself will help kill of the splogging blogs.
For information on how to report splogs, see Reporting Spam Blogs – Splogs.
And get smart, folks. Blame the right jerks and spare the innocent.
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