Aboutus debate goes on

It would seem the debate about “aboutus” is not going away yet – with AboutUs.org now having a “concerns” page (surely the fact that this is necessary at all should be a big red warning flag to the site owner that he’s doing something wrong…)

But I digress, some other bloggers (notably, AJay, who posted the original write up that brought my attention to things, now has a nice little reply from Ray King – the guy responsible for AboutUs, and Paul O’Flaherty have been lending their voices to the debate)

I still think what he’s doing is wrong, and his responses to the concerns raised are not yet reassuring me. Especially as his privacy policy simply states that it’s being “worked on”. It would probably have been a good idea to get this in place before they started trawling the internet for personal information about website owners.

The general consensus in the discussion on the site itself is that the website should be “opt in”, as “opt-out is so very spammer-like” – and everyone seems to agree that personal information should not be displayed, and it should be possible to get content permanently removed – including the histories – oh and that stealing content in the first place, without the webmasters’ permissions was a mistake.

Eventually I beleive Ray will have to step back and say “Sorry, this was one big mistake on my part” and start from scratch, with an “opt-in” system. I won’t be opting in.

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