This posting is addressed to WordPress Administrators, as well as to the international blogging community. Our experience in blogging (using the Greek language) has been a wonderful learning experience, in some ways. However, in other ways, it has also been a disappointing experience, as regards the human element (e.g. quite a few other Greek bloggers). Personally, I feel disillusioned to discover that a significant number of Greek bloggers has exhibited a dangerously over-enthusiastic misuse and abuse of all rights granted to them by blog-providers: Moderation, for example, applied in excess quite frequently by certain Greek blogs, not in order to rid themselves of insults and slanderous comments, but for the malicious suppression of viewpoints they dislike, as well as people they do not like for personal reasons. For example, some Greek candidates for the 2007 elections have used moderation to silence their critics or their personal enemies, in blog-discussions misleadingly presented as open, free, fair and democratic.
Another example is the WordPress warning message, which I used as a title for this post: A warning issued yesterday, which I have reason to believe is erroneous and should have never appeared on my dashboard. A specific Greek individual is likely to have caused the warning, by writing a private letter to WordPress administrators. If my guess is correct, then it is the same person who -in the past- invaded this blog to participate in blatant mud-slinging against its owner, in several ways; I never censored him, but his self-centered arrogance has deteriorated, apparently, to the point of demanding officially from WordPress administrators, that this blog is silenced.
Discovering again and again the same problems, as a programmer, I also discovered some solutions. E.g. in the case of high-traffic political blogs, belonging to members of the Greek parliament (or other important people practicing unjust moderation as a form of censorship), my simple solution for the future is to create special Clone-Sites that emulate the interactive environment of blog discussions, as «backup» images of these discussions: -When shrewd politicians (owning the original blogs) start deleting opponents and opposing views, the unjustly deleted comments will appear in a clone/image of the same discussion, somewhere else in CyberSpace. This solution also requires some simple new software for writing and editing blog-comments, front-end-editors for people wishing to surpass censorship: Their comments will be simultaneously sent to the high-traffic censorious blog, as well as to the «backup» image of their discussion, somewhere else, where the discussion will be saved (a second time) censorship-free! Well, I put this idea to Matt Mullenberg and WordPress, as something worth implementing, in the near future. (If I can help, I will be glad. One my professional interests at the moment is writing software extensions that also link the blogging world to the Semantic Web).
We also need Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Understanding (NLP) methods to minimize the effort of understanding VERY large Human Discussions:
Automatic summaries, intelligent Keyword Extraction and Automatic Ontology Extraction tools must become the bread-and-butter of tomorrow’s blogging software development.
More information about the latter, can be provided on request, as well as in my bookmarks and in high-popularity articles I wrote in this blog a while ago, e.g. «PROLOG has (almost) the same Expressive Power as Human Language» and «The ultimate high productivity programming language is PROLOG» (the latter became No. 35 international WordPress post in May 2007).
Meanwhile, as regards the CONTINUING threat of censorship against this blog, I would like a VERY CLEAR position of support from someone (‘Allu Fun Marx») I regard as a worthy candidate in the Greek «Blog Oscar» contest, a guy whose blog is a pleasure to comment, and who truly deserves a prize!