Unsolicited Advertising

I am aware that WordPress uses content appropriate text only advertising on blogs where the owner has elected to go with the free ‘no frills’ version.  I appreciate that this is how revenue is raised to keep the service free. I believe the advertisements are supposed to appear where the blog is generating traffic of a level high enough to warrant their use.

Imagine my surprise when I used a different browser from normal and without logging into WordPress first,  to show someone the blog on which I was working.  There on the front page – taking nearly half the screen space –  was a pair of video advertisements with most inappropriate half clothed women on show. This was something I didn’t find in the least “content appropriate”  nor was it at all suitable when I was planning on using this blog as demonstration example at a forthcoming workshop on social media!

I am not interested, at this stage, in site traffic so have not put any energy into promoting the blog.  I am still uploading content that will appear as fixed pages rather than working on a series of regular posts. The blog itself barely rates a blip on the radar when it comes to viewing stats – yet this style of advertising rates alongside unsolicited emails (and comments) promoting Viagra, penis enlargement and sexually explicit dating services! The built in comments spam filter Akismet removes this sort of crap yet apparently someone thinks its ok for unsolicited sexually explicit video ads.

Not happy, Jan!

I am just cross with myself for not thinking quickly enough to take a screen shot so the matter could be effectively reported.  I am now considering investing in the $30 per year ad free version on offer – that was, until I read WordPress’ advertising policy again. The phrase “TEXT ONLY” leapt out at me. These advertisements on my blog were full colour picture /video adverts….way outside the parameters of the WordPress policy, it seems. I don’t believe what appeared on my blog was within the terms and therefore I shouldn’t have to pay to remove something that shouldn’t be there in the first place!

Going away now to consider the next move.



People power…

In no time at all, the power of the people to support a worthwhile project is demonstrated by the success of Mark at Archival Access Victoria.  His proposal to raise a moderate funding base to enable the digitisation of court records has reached its target well ahead of the proposed time frame.

Digitisation of historic records serves several purposes, the least of which is enabling a wide range of people access to records that would otherwise be out of reach.  For historians of any sort – family, local, academic, student – access to primary source material can be difficult to obtain.  Archival Access is changing this.  Thank you, Mark.


How hard is it to recover a password? Every time I try to access a particular site, I have this issue….and the information I have stored regarding the password seems to be incorrect.
So I did what anyone would do…I used the password recovery process available on the site. I was supposed to get an email telling me how I could change my password. No email. I have checked the spam filters of EVERY ONE of the email addresses I have and there’s no email.
Wanting site access (this site is free BTW – they just like to have you signed up so that you are counted in their dbase for their nefarious purposes) I elected to create a new account. Part way through the set up process, I discovered that it had been unsurprising that I couldn’t sign in as neither of the recorded options for passwords fitted their current criteria for length.

I completed the process only to be politely informed IN RED that my account already exists. This is clearly the account that I can’t access as the password is too short and where a recovery request results in nothing.




Drawing Board, where are you? I need to get back to you!