[development] WordPress 2.3 Spies On Users

Zohar Stolar stolar at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 21:20:18 UTC 2007

DragonWize wrote:
> I have seen many comments against Matt (not mark), the creator of 
> wordpress

Right, it's Matt, not Mark, sorry for that.

> Before making such wrong statements about someone please do the 
> research. Here is the the Matt's comment 
> (http://groups.google.com/group/wp-hackers/browse_thread/thread/bdced7524fa79a18/2d4e69fb46a6a947#msg_e7794372692b9548) 
> that the article so wrongly butchers it that slashdot has already 
> updated the article. There is not even a single instance of the word 
> "fork" in the entire thread.
Here is where that word appears, in the same thread : 

Matt may not be rude, but he is ignoring what Morbus Iff elegantly 
called "people's illusion of privacy and choice".
Users should have the choice to keep their details private. When you 
launch an open source project, and distribute it freely, you shouldn't 
expect everyone to tell you exactly HOW they use it.
It's the freedom of choice which brings people to open source CMS, and 
the lack of it can scare them away.

The power of Drupal is it's flexibility and the fact that apart from few 
modules that are considered crucial for the system's operation, all the 
rest is a matter of choice... even if you choose to be less secured.
opt-in or opt-out - it's the existence of the option that counts.

(and... if I may.... The freedom of choice is one of the most ancient 
theological issues... hasn't it been marked as 'fixed' yet?)

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