This is a good example of why never to use hosted sites like WordPress.com — that site has implemented a script that dynamically rewrites people’s blog content to fit the views of its owners, Automattic.
Specifically, Matt Mullenweg Matt Mullenweg has been on this campaign to get people to spell WordPress as WordPress, which is the way it is spelled as a trademark. Fine, whatever.
But apparently he got annoyed enough about it, that WordPress.com is now actively rewriting all instances of “WordPress” to “WordPress” on all blogs hosted at WordPress.com. If you want to write “WordPress” you have to put in the HTML character for the “p” (as Lorelle Van Fossen found out when she tried to write about the change).
That anyone at Automattic thought it was a good idea to push through a change to automatically rewrite what people are posting — much less just arbitrarily doing so without informing users (they couldn’t even be bothered to note the change on the company blog) — suggests a culture at the company that you certainly don’t want to trust your data with. I can hardly wait for the universal trademark enforcer plugin that eventually makes certain it reads “WordPress(TM)” — and god forbid someone who rights about BBPress rather than bbPress.
Personally, I’m only going to write “WordPress” from now on and change all the instances here back to that format.
- January 31, 2009 @ 22:02:29 [Current Revision] by Brian Carnell
- January 31, 2009 @ 22:02:27 by Brian Carnell