I used to have a Wordpress Blog, but found the features on Blogger better. I have full control of what my site will look like, without having to pay every year for the benefit. The exchange I suppose for a free service is, Blogger (aka: Google) gets to trade my personal information (marketing analysis) with buyers I don't know about. I'm assuming they do, I don't know they do, but I'm sure there's something in their policies which allows them to, without infringing on my personal rights.
After all, I have to click "I agree" with the terms and conditions before they create my account. Hence, they aren't infringing on my rights if I agree, right? But what we are agreeing to, can change I suppose, and that's little advertised.
Back to Wordpress though. I didn't have anything against Wordpress - until now. I have a few blogs I like to read which are hosted on Wordpress. But I won't be commenting on those blogs any more. Why? Wordpress made a change to their system, whereby if you have a Wordpress account and you want to comment on someone's Wordpress blog, you have to sign in (Wordpress) first.
I thought it would just be a matter of finding ways to get around it. After all, I've worked years as "Chris" from my Blogger account, and authors of those Wordpress blogs I read, know me as that. Now I suddenly have to be commenting as "herbatious" from Wordpress???
I went searching, but apparently the only way I can comment with my Blogger account now, is if (a) I don't have a Wordpress account in the first place, or (b) I put a bogus email address in my WP account details. From what I've been reading, this is not working with some unhappy Wordpress Account holders either. I'm not going to try to work a way around it though, because basically I think this infringes on my right as a Blogger to say who I am to other bloggers.
Basically Wordpress has removed the right for me to be a "Blogger" commenter on a Wordpress blog. I can be anonymous if the WP blog author, knows how to do this on their Settings layout, or I can have a bogus email address. But what I cannot do however, is comment as Blogger "Chris" from Gully Grove any more. Why? Because I have the same email address for both WP and Blogger accounts. I only have one email account, I only need one email account - why do I need another? Apparently, if I want the option to comment as "Chris" from the Blogger universe, WP says I need a second email account - a bogus one.
Whatever reason Wordpress want to give for this new change in their system being necessary, I'm not going to run through the new hoops generated. Because when I went looking for how I could delete my WP account entirely, I found this.
Basically what the WP moderator was saying on the WP forums was, when you agree to supply your information to an internet business, you lose your right to control your information from that point onwards. So why would I want to generate a new bogus email account with a new internet business, when it's just to gain access to comment on WP blogs, when their policy clearly stats, we lose our rights to control how our accounts are used.
It's made me think twice about opening accounts anywhere else on-line - discussion forums, etc. My apologies to anyone who has a Wordpress blog that will now lose long-standing commenters. I regretted opening my Wordpress account not long after I realised, I couldn't change the layout without paying for it. Now I regret it even more, I can never remove the "I agree" click. They changed the system but apparently (I agree) remains.
To quote from the link I supplied above:
...We are under no legal, ethical, or moral obligation by ANY law, US or
foreign, to delete your account. We have no policy in place to delete
accounts. Nothing you, nor we, have done is in violation of policy, law
or anything other than annoying everyone. Go away and be happy :)
When servicing customers human rights is annoying, that's a business I don't want to do business with any more. Yes, it is a policy issue it seems, so I stopped researching at that point. Wordpress had built into their business structure, choice is not an option (only sarcasm) for it's Wordpress customers.
It got me thinking about all the other places online, I give information to (Blogger included). I won't be signing up to anything new out of curiosity any more. That's MY new policy change thanks to my WP experience. After all, that's how I came to sign up with Wordpress in the first place, I will spare you the story though. What I will share because it's related to the theme of this post, is I learned what Blogger advertises BEFORE you sign up, is more accurate than what Wordpress advertises in there Features You'll Love.
You only learn once you create an account with Wordpress, they make you pay for stuff you get for free on Blogger. Sure, you can have as many blogs as you want (as advertised) but you can only have two free ones - you pay for the additional ones you want. If WP were aiming for honesty they would say only two blogs are free, then decide how many you want according to our prices.
I guess that should have been my cue, but I didn't listen. Well, not that I have a choice, as I cannot delete my WordPress account anyway. Just bear that in mind if you haven't signed up to Wordpress yet. In fact, ignore most of the Features You'll Love advertisments, because unless you have insider experience you won't realise the false perceptions they generate. When it says, "No Lock-in...you can leave WordPress.com any time you want and your content isn’t locked in."They aren't saying "YOU" the creator of your account, even though it gives that impression it goes along with, "your content isn't locked in".
You see people make the association because they have no other choice - why wouldn't they be able to leave with their content when they decide to leave at any time?
Buyer beware with Wordpress. What they advertise for free is not anything you'll remotely get compared to Blogger. Blogger also doesn't discriminate between who can comment on your blog either - they leave that up to you to choose.
EDITED to add: I thought this was a good article about the sites that range in difficulty to delete accounts. Because the sites that won't let you delete your account or make the process difficult, won't advertise this in the sign up process.