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Temporarily Disengaging Likes For Blog Comments – Spam “Likers”

There are things that happen with Word Press that the public does not know unless they visit the forums or read blog posts about certain issues.  Earlier this year, some Word Press bloggers were attacked by email followers with weird email addresses, all from the same domain.  Word press does give blog administrators ability to disconnect followers, and they also worked to prevent the fakers from following. That issue seems to have been resolved.

Now, me and others find loads of comments in the spam folder.  The only content is “what ?” and they seem to come in bunches of 20 to 25 at a time.  Since they never make it to the public board, people are not bothered by them.

The most recent game played by whomever it is, does expose their activity to the public.  The spammers are using “likes” to comments to make themselves publicly known.  They are taking time to actually open Gravatar accounts in order to perpetrate this nuisance.  I noticed that on some blogs that I recently commented on, “likes” were clicked to my comments by the same nonsensical and in some cases, obscene handles. Read the rest of this entry

General Data Protection Regulation And Privacy Policy

May 26, 2018

Word Press blogs are accessible worldwide.  On May 25, 2018, a European law went into effect that is called General Data Protection Regulation, (GDPR).  It is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area.

To comply with this law, Word Press has provided a Cookies and Consent Banner to appear on blogs that they host.   You will see that banner on this blog beginning today.  You can read the Word Press Privacy Policy at this link.

Because some people are unfamiliar with IP addresses, I want to say a little about them.  An IP address traces to the Internet Service Provider, (ISP).  That is the company that connects you to the internet.  If there is an emergency, law enforcement can contact the ISP for account holder.  An IP address does not tell anyone your exact address, your name or other personal things.

This should not make anyone afraid to visit Word Press blogs, but rather, give them more confidence that Word Press respects our privacy.

 

2017 Year In Review For We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Word Press no longer produces annual reports, but they have given bloggers access to statistical information.  If you blog on Word Press and want to see your statistics, sign into your account and go to https://wordpress.com/stats/year.

A Zillion Thanks

There are no words to express my gratitude to followers and participants.  According to 2017 statistics as of December 26, 2017, 1139 of this blog’s followers are Word Press bloggers.  We have a fantastic and diverse blogging community.  They, as well as followers who are not bloggers,  are my motivation.

A Slow Year For Writing

This year has been one where I’ve not written as many posts as in the past.  That’s due to more than a handful of reasons, and has caused me to consider how I will continue in 2018.

Since the presidential election, the political atmosphere in America is suffocating, with things happening on almost a daily basis. I try to keep up, but every week it looks like another name is added to the list of those with connections to Russia, or another person in the Trump administration leaving the building.  There is no way of being on blogs and/or Twitter without reading about Trump.  Quite frankly, I’m sick of it.   I see Trump as a dictator and danger to America, our constitution, and equality for all.  In the coming year, I might reblog more posts about politics.

From The Beginning Until Now

This blog began because in February 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year old, was walking home in Sanford, Florida when he was killed.  That brought me to the internet and made me aware of a world of hate and racial animus that I thought had dissolved into the archives of history.  I followed the trial of George Zimmerman, and I’ve kept the focus of following trials for over 5 years now.

On this blog, a search by category returned 80 posts under “trials.”  Since 2012, media sources have changed.  Trials are not live streamed like they were years ago.  News sources might make some videos available on their website, but not on Youtube where they can be embedded in blog posts.  The best I’ve been able to do under such circumstances is seek trial information on Twitter and post that in the comment section until the jury or judge (if a bench trial), reaches a verdict. Read the rest of this entry

2014 in review

Each year, Word Press sends out an end-of-the-year report on blog activity.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 210,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see it.

How did they find you?

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Frederick Leatherman’s Blog was Hijacked

I was alerted that Frederick Leatherman reported that his house was broken into, and someone obtained the access code to their router and accessed his and Crane-Station’s computers. Whomever it was changed the password to his blog and he could no longer log in.

http://frederickleatherman.com/2014/09/07/having-a-wonderful-advemture-from-somewhere-on-the-road/

I do not use the word “hack” because that sounds as if someone actually hacked into the server side to get into his computer. That’s difficult to do with Word Press blogs because the hacker would have to actually hack into Word Press servers then find the blog that they want to access.

What I actually think happened is that after breaking into Fred’s house, the perpetrator accessed Fred’s computer. If he was already signed into Word Press, the person was able to change the password on his blog. The most concerning thing however, is that if the person gained access to the administrative side of Leatherman’s blog, that person might have obtained the email addresses of those who submitted comments and might attempt to sign into and change the passwords on Word Press accounts. Read the rest of this entry

Blackbutterfly7’s 2013 in review – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May Everyone Have A Safe And Prosperous New Year!

May you be happy, and have all your needs met in 2014 and afterwards. 

Just as the clock passes midnight from December 30th to December 31st of each year, Word Press releases stats for each of their blogs.

butterfly thank you 2Before I get into their stats, I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our subscribers and supporters.

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