Friday, May 13, 2011

"Wonder if this has anything to do with Ann’s objective (and thus, anti-administration) coverage of the Wisconsin protests?"

Asks Moe Lane at RedState:
Well, isn’t this interesting: apparently Blogger/Google has decided to remove Ann Althouse’s blog. They’re also being neither particularly helpful in either explaining why, nor sounding particularly sympathetic that it’s been taken down, either.
You know, I'm beginning to suspect that there's some behind-the-scenes campaign to report my blog as abusive. People who hate/fear the Althouse blog could make a loud noise to Google.

Back in 2004, 98% of Google employees gave money to Democrats. [ADDED: That should say, 98% of the Google employees who made political donations, donated to Democrats. Presumably, not all employees made donations.]

ADDED: This is getting a lot of links, with silly and uninformed attacks on me, so I've got to add links to the rest of the discussion, which is back on my regular blog (where I'm still waiting to get my archive restored).

First, a lot of people, including Paul Krugman, don't understand the facts. My problem coincided with the larger Blogger problem, which I always knew about and acknowledged, but it was also different in some ways. My blog didn't display at all. My blog's URL called up a page that said the blog had been removed, which is normally what happens to a blog that has been displayed as spam.

This occurred at exactly the same time that I was being attacked for exposing the dean candidates at my law school to some misunderstood but troublesome comments. Blogger has a reporting system that could be used to try to bring down its blogs by people who felt inclined to flag it. So there is a mechanism by which the attack could occur. There is a vulnerability there that people need to be aware of.

My effort to use Google's system for getting a blog restored got me abuse from a forum participant who controls access to help from Google in a way that people found quite bizarre. This access-controller assumed from the start that my blog had been deleted as spam, even though my question to the forum expressed my assumption that my problem was part of the larger outage.

109 comments:

Alex Bensky said...

Well, I can see why, Ann. You have criticized the Obama administration. Ergo you are a racist.

laddy said...

It is likely some giant screw up. How many competent admins trash their entire operation with a maintenance run and then take two days to undo the damage? I'd move to greener pastures since they don't seem the least bit helpful or sympathetic.

LB-Philadelphia PA said...

Naaah. When something trips their sensors they're about as capable of original thought as your average TSA employee.

Sixty Grit said...

Wow, 98%! That's much lower than I would have guessed. Saddam and Kim Il Jong need to teach Google a thing or two about lock step goose stepping.

Freeman Hunt said...

I wish they would hurry up and fix it. You'd think they'd fix a prominent blog in a hurry.

PaulV said...

They told Glenn Reynolds if he voted for McCain giant corporations would suppress free speech. Can Facebook use this as part of it PR campaign against evil google?

Sigivald said...

They’re also being neither particularly helpful in either explaining why, nor sounding particularly sympathetic that it’s been taken down, either.

Google's like that to everyone via Blogger.

They've never been sympathetic or very explanatory to anyone, ever, as far as I've seen.

I don't think the Blogger team has a culture of caring how "prominent" a blog is when assigning priority (and this might be good) - partially because Althouse might well be the only "prominent" blog still using Blogger.

Seriously, who the hell uses Blogger? These days even hobbyists tend not to.

LawGirl said...

Well, it is a cesspool of misogyny and homophobia, after all . . .

Palladian said...

"They've never been sympathetic or very explanatory to anyone, ever, as far as I've seen.

I don't think the Blogger team has a culture of caring how "prominent" a blog is when assigning priority."

I wasn't aware that Blogger even had a "team". Google basically lost interest in it the day after they signed the check. I always picture Blogger as the Mary Celeste, floating deserted and leaking on an empty sea.

jac said...

Ann, the solution is to get your own website. Register the name and find some hosting service that simply houses your pages and does not play games with people as Google and others have been known to do. Oh, yes, this might be a good occasion to propose an OpEd in the WSJ, especially if you get radio silence from Google.

laddy said...

Now old nitecruzr has his hackles up over at the blogger forum complaining of coyote attacks that won't be tolerated. I understand they want to treat all blogs the same, but nitecruzr has no clue as to how to talk to anyone without pissing them off.

Roger J. said...

I do enjoy misogyny and homophobia, cesspools not so much.
Correct thinking will keep you afloat on google--the other shit, not so much

John Lynch said...

It's the Amazon plugs, I bet. That must be it.

Bob Ellison said...

The USA Today analysis did not show that "98% of Google employees gave money to Democrats". It showed, apparently, that 98% of contributions from Google folks went to Democrats. That is very different, especially when all the contributions came to about $208k, which just a few dozen employees could account for all by themselves.

Palladian said...

Lol. "nitecruzr" closed the "support" thread.

Embarrassing! Note to Google: when deep in a hole, keep digging!

John Lynch said...

Not that it's a good reason, but it's a good excuse.

EZSmirkzz said...

Well you could upload your backup that you made from the Basic settings page.

rhhardin said...

It's not a spam thing, even though their nerd thinks it must be.

They delete large and small blogs alike, when something in them makes cleaning up a mess more difficult, which is what happened here.

What's unique is unhelpfulness in restoring them.

It was, after all, their fault.

Another host isn't as bulletproof as backup files, which apparently there is some way to get from blogger, which is a plus.

All systems fail - and fail-safe systems fail by failing to fail safe.

John Lynch said...

Maybe this will convince Althouse to get off of Blogger.

"The power to destroy a thing is to control that thing."

Orbit said...

I stopped using blogger years ago when I found that some of my posts were selectively deleted. I would think now is the time for you to switch platforms...

and lol @ "I'm going to treat you with courtesy and patience, as I ask Blogger to review your blog. This is in spite of your huge blog with over 20M posts and over 25M visitors a day - not because of that."

...you should feel fine taking away all those eyeballs from google...

"in spite of" . . . spite, indeed

Dody Jane said...

I think you should leave google. It is actually kind of scary. And sickening. I think it has to do with your Wisconsin coverage.

rmunn said...

I agree with jac: get your own hosting. I've been very happy with Dreamhost myself: $10/month buys way more storage and bandwidth than I've ever needed. I don't know how much bandwidth you see every day, so you might or might not find them worth it, but give them a look and see if their service fits your needs.

Disclosure: The above link includes a referral code, where Dreamhost would pay me 10% of anything you spend on hosting with them. So I do have some financial interest in referring you, but I wouldn't be recommending them if I didn't genuinely like their service.

traditionalguy said...

Maybe that wife who was so glad to report that her husband had stopped reading Althouse Blog caught him trying to come back. Was her blog name Cheri From Indiana?

David said...

Dreamhost?! They go up and down like a pogo stick!

O2BNAZ said...

They took down "The Macho Response" last week, Instapundit is next...I'm done using google...we have options

John Burgess said...

When I started blogging in 2004, I started with Blogger. That lasted all of four months. I went to an independent hosting service. That their politics just happened to match mine was coincidental. I chose them because they also offered extremely cooperative design services and good prices all around.

My platform is WordPress and I don't see myself changing from it. Unless, that is, it pulls a Blogger-type stunt as they've done to Althouse.

edutcher said...

98%, huh?

Well, they are citizens of the world.

As to their helpfulness, consider it a form of Double Secret Probation.

"Wonder if this has anything to do with Ann’s objective (and thus, anti-administration) coverage of the Wisconsin protests?"

Look at what's being done to Boeing.

Tybalt said...

"98% of Google employees gave money to Democrats." Congratulations! Both you and the headline writer failed third-grade reading.

Blogger's been futzing a whole bunch of blogs; never explain with malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity (or technology fail).

Fred4Pres said...

I was worried you would break your blogging record, but I suppose a back up blog counts.

Now promise to vote for Obama again and all will be forgiven. Your masters at Google just wanted to rattle your cage a bit.

JAL said...

Well I wondereed if it had to do with all that breasty blogging over at Instapundit, myself.

But then truth be known -- I wonder how blogger can lose a blog like Althouse ...

Why do geeks vote for the guys who will take freedom away from the internets and try to control our behavior therein?

laddy said...

It appears many of the bloggers over at the help forum aren't even getting a reply. They at least replied to her.

DADvocate said...

I once wrote a post on prison rape and how it was an outrage that it is so acceptable in our society/government. I guess the term "prison rape" had too many other (pornographic) connotations and my blog was closed down for a day or two. Either that or the folks at Google really like the idea of prison rape.

J.W. Mosley said...

I don't think that the over-defensive twit that you were dealing with in the Blogger help forum actually works for Google. He's just some nerd that decided to build a nest in that forum and earned a gold star for it.

I would like to see an actual response from a Google employee. I don't believe that you've gotten that at all, have you?

WestVirginiaRebel said...

Blogger seems to be back, for now. Explanation over at Blogger Buzz and it does look like a technical issue.

Hopefully Ann will be back to blogging full time, somewhere on the Intertubes.

David said...

It's the Chinese.

pst314 said...

"Why do geeks vote for the guys who will take freedom away from the internets and try to control our behavior therein?"

Because they arrogantly believe in their own super-competence and believe that they are intellectually qualified to run other people's lives.

You might want to pay one to fix your computer, but not to date your sister. (And if she did, she'd probably come home with horror stories about table manners and cluelessly offensive comments.)

Mel said...

bummer

nevadabob said...

"Hopefully Ann will be back to blogging full time, somewhere on the Intertubes."

This is an object lesson in why it is a horrible idea to allow a hostile third-party to control your speech-making capability.

Google does not enable free speech. It uses its power to suppress speech it finds unhelpful to their larger goals. And Google is the Democrat Party.

A casual search of where they put their money and how they do their hiring reveals that they only hire Democrats and only support Democrat candidates.

Google is evil and it's stupid for a quasi-conservative to allow a Democrat Party controlled company to have a kill switch on your business (yes, Ann's blog is her business).

Register your domain. Switch to WordPress. End Google's power over your speech.

da kine said...

Have you mentioned to anyone that you are a law professor? That will likely get things moving. It would help if you mentioned it three or four times.

RuyDiaz said...

You know, I'm beginning to suspect that there's some behind-the-scenes campaign to report my blog as abusive. People who hate/fear the Althouse blog could make a loud noise to Google.

You would have to be worried not only about the campaign per se, but about the worldview of the gatekeepers.

That is, you say something that sounds normal to a neutral, but sounds offensive to a partisan liberal, you may be in trouble if the post is reviewed by a partisan liberal.

Think of some of the more outrageous things Rush Limbaugh says: how many of those are deathly insults to a liberal with a weak sense of humor?

pst314 said...

Note that "nitecruzr" is not an actual Google employee. Google doesn't want to be bothered with hiring enough employees to support their painfully unreliable software.

Freeman Hunt said...

Don't think Mr. Nite is fitted for the customer service line of work.

Freeman Hunt said...

Let me guess:

You didn't click the little "I Voted for Obama" button on the bottom right when you submitted your support ticket, did you?

Gotta click that button, the "Yay! Green!" button, or both.

I kid, I kid. I'm putting my money on pure incompetence.

YoungHegelian said...

The screw-up at Blogger is just one of many cloud-computing site implosions over the past few months.

Redundancies, my fat ass!

You would think large corporations who employ large IT staffs to care for their zooper-dooper cloud networks would understand the intricacies of load distribution, data and application level redundancies, and point-of-failure analysis.

Yeah, they understand them. Just like the financial industry knew everything about derivatives.

sydney said...

Maybe this is why you've been deleted:

"it's worth describing a few examples of what Blogger regularly removes, as part of its zero tolerance policy to abusive / inappropriate content:...

......- Large blogs with multiple, unfocused / unrelated subjects"

You're too diverse and too damn interesting!

Definitely would find a new host. Squarespace isn't bad. (www.squarespace.com) And I don't get a referral bonus for directing you there.

edutcher said...

Be interesting to know the ratio of Obamatron blogs to non-Zero blogs that went down.

Seems like a lot of them - Legal Insurrection, Pundette, Theo spark, Zilla - don't love Little Zero.

Not that we're paranoid...

Phil 3:14 said...

Its quite simple Professor

Don't be evil

Coketown said...

Simple explanation: Google is setting aside servers to deal with the comments generated when Althouse posts about abortion or deathers. Sort of like Twitter setting aside entire servers for Justin Bieber.

EnigmatiCore said...

That 'nitecruzr' is some piece of work. Absolutely appalling customer service, and thin skinned to boot.

Hey, nitecruzr, if you happen to read this thread: my comment that you deleted was not an attack. It was constructive criticism, from a customer. You would have been wise to reflect on what it said.

But no.

An attack would have looked like this: you are a complete douchenozzle.

Every company eventually learns that they need to have good customer service. The more institutional arrogance a company develops before taking heed of this lesson, the more painful that lesson tends to be.

RuyDiaz said...

Why do geeks vote for the guys who will take freedom away from the internets and try to control our behavior therein?

1) Simple social validation. (Yes, even geeks need social validation.) Every geek knows that those backwards religious fools are wrong, therefore their politicla opponents are correct.

2) The fallacy of engineering: geeks tend to fall for grandiose futuristic plans, and so are suckers for governement investment-led grandiose project.

RuyDiaz said...

Don't think Mr. Nite is fitted for the customer service line of work.

I've actually seen worse. Rude, incompetent, jaded people may still cut it in customer service if they are also world-class sycophants.

The Drill SGT said...

Roger J. said...
cesspools not so much.


F'ing Elitest Officer :)

You of course never had to burn shit.... LOL

EnigmatiCore said...

I don't think that the over-defensive twit that you were dealing with in the Blogger help forum actually works for Google. He's just some nerd that decided to build a nest in that forum and earned a gold star for it.

That person has the ability to delete posts and lock help forum discussions. He works for Google, either as an employee or as an unpaid volunteer who they have entrusted with authority of some sort.

Just shockingly bad customer service.

RuyDiaz said...

Every company eventually learns that they need to have good customer service.

Google has been growing exponentially due to other factors, so they have no reason to have learned that lesson yet. But they will. And it is so going to hurt.

EnigmatiCore said...

Don't think Mr. Nite is fitted for the customer service line of work

Let's put it this way- Mr. Nite would not last 10 minutes at the Home Office up in BVille.

The Drill SGT said...
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Red said...

Time to migrate. Of course, the real problem is not that Prof. Althouse may have to move her address and hosting, but that the history of the blog is not available in full, depending on how old her export is.

Blue@9 said...

Why do geeks vote for the guys who will take freedom away from the internets and try to control our behavior therein?

1) Simple social validation. (Yes, even geeks need social validation.) Every geek knows that those backwards religious fools are wrong, therefore their politicla opponents are correct.


Close. I would say most geeks in this arena are pretty libertarian, but they're less offended by left-wing nanny-statism ("Pay more taxes, comrade") than by the right-wing kind ("Don't have an abortion or you'll go to hell!").
They're more interested in social and cultural freedom than in economic freedom.

Henry said...

Hire someone to build you a Wordpress blog theme and someone else to host it and a third party to register a new domain name.

When Blogger finally gets you back online, post a single entry at althouse.blogspot.com that points to the new domain.

The Drill SGT said...

BTW Roger, I came home from Nam 40 years ago tomorrow, May 14, 1971. Landed at Travis. Was bussed to Oakland where they did a short arm inspection of all us enlisted scum. that is an experience to be missed. Had orders for the Signal school in Georgia to teach. Didn't evah want to go back to Georgia. Volunteered to be a Drill, had my choice of posts, went to Lewis, near my GF.

garage mahal said...

Google was foiled in their bid to shut down your union protest posts it appears. Apparently they weren't aware you could start a new blog in 5 minutes.

Danny Vice said...

There are a couple of avenues available to you Ann if you want to preserve your posts. Granted, it will be pretty time consuming, considering the thousands of posts you've published, but the option is there to grab these posts while they are still accessible.

I trust someone on your end has shared some of these options with you. If not, please email me.

Dannyvice (at) hotmail.com

shiloh said...

AA, being totally obsessed w/yourself and self-absorbed notwithstanding, your faux paranoia is somewhat amusing.

But alas, spending a few minutes at your conservative echo chamber has run its course and I must now return to reality ...

Happy blogging!

Pastafarian said...

shiloh bloody shiloh, this term "echo chamber" -- I don't think it means what you think it means.

There are liberal blogs out there that ban conservative commenters and delete their comments; the sorts of blogs that attack actually liberal bloggers for not being liberal-enough. That's an echo chamber -- where opposing viewpoints are deleted.

YoungHegelian said...

@Professor Althouse,

PLEASE READ!

In order to prevent some oppositional asshole from squatting on the still available annalthouse domains, and making your life even more miserable should you decide to move from Blogger and set up your own domain, I have registered the following domains to my company:

annalthouse.org
.me
.us
.net
.info

If and when you want them in the next year, they are yours gratis. I will turn registration over to any domain registrar of your choice.

If you don't want to set up a domain in the next year, I will simply let the domain registration expire, and they will go back into the available pool.

You may let me know at your convenience anytime between now and 5/13/2012.

Pastafarian said...

And I've registered analhouse.com. No need to thank me; I had it registered long ago.

I have big plans for that URL. Titus, email me, we need to talk.

Milwaukee said...

Ann: If you need a character reference, I will be happy to testify that you are not a right-wing blogger, merely a contrarian blogger. Plus, your coverage of the Wisconsin protests seemed fair, and centered on stupidity. Can't blame you if one bunch was out stupiding the other. But you do seem to try to call them as you see them, and you are a law professor (like the big O, only better because you really are a professor and not a senior lecturer), but I digress.

I guess you're alright, and I'm glad you're not permanently gone.

Trooper York said...

shiloh dude, I used to think you had a sense of humor...but buddy you are getting kind of tiresome you know?

You have more farewell moments than Michael Jordan.

shiloh said...

You have more farewell moments than Michael Jordan.

Never "announced" I was gone for good. In fact, didn't announce anything as I just leave cold turkey.

As a rule, it's wingers at liberal blogs who foolishly announce over and over and over again they are leaving for good. And it's slightly amusing when they return a couple hours later ...

never say never

Shanna said...

But alas, spending a few minutes at your conservative echo chamber has run its course and I must now return to reality ...

I hate you so much I have followed you to an alternate blog even after your main blog was deleted just to gripe about it!

The Grand Inquisitor said...

"That's an echo chamber -- where opposing viewpoints are deleted."

It's always amusing when a kook makes an accusation like that. I've made accusations like that too, but they were deleted from bradblog and dailykos because they were actually very accurate rather than just dumb lying.

Anyway who here will ever trust google with critical data? I used to rely on gmail for important messages, but no thanks.

And bing.com is a better search engine. Their maps are way better, too. So is Ask.

shiloh said...

I hate you ...
~~~~~


There are non sequiturs and then there are inane non sequiturs!

take care

>

As my #1 AA pet, TGI, shows up ~ shocking!

Michael Haz said...

There is some kid in the Google office in Madison fucking with Althouse's blog for the amusement of his stoner lib friends, I'd bet.

Paco Wové said...

I'm still pretty firmly in the "Never assign to malice what can be explained by incompetence" camp on this one. Blogger screwed up big time, but I doubt there was ill intent. (Well, aside from the officious little prick 'nitecruzr').

Original Mike said...

"Why do geeks vote for the guys who will take freedom away"

Of all the things I do not understand in this world, this may be the one I do not understand the most.

EnigmatiCore said...

Blogger screwed up big time, but I doubt there was ill intent.

Me too (excepting for the prick, as you mentioned).

It does expose the fatal flaw in the cloud, though.

And it also exposes why turning over customer relations tasks to unpaid volunteers is a very bad idea. Find good people to be your customer support, pay them, pay them well, and hold them accountable.

Original Mike said...

"I was worried you would break your blogging record, but I suppose a back up blog counts."

Of course it counts.

EnigmatiCore said...

Well. The comments made since Brett from Blogger stepped in have now been deleted.

I revert to my 'fuck Blogger' attitude.

Original Mike said...

Hey, I just realized that pesky word verification is not in force. Sweet.

Original Mike said...

"It does expose the fatal flaw in the cloud, though."

One that, IMO, has been evident from day one. Trusting in the cloud is Polly Annish.

Actually, it's stupid.

garage mahal said...

At this rate it will take Google longer to bring your blog back up than it's taking the retards in Waukesha County to count votes. I mean, "count votes".

orbicularioculi said...

The Totalitarians at Google are enforcing their CODE OF DO NO EVIL. What a laugher.

Someone hit Sergei and the other doofus with a water balloon.

Alex said...

When 98% of Google employees vote Democrat and the founders hold Fête for Obama personally you know the name of the game.

BY said...

Dear innumerate law professor. There is a difference between 98% of the dollars donated by Google employees going to Democrats and 98% of the people donating to Democrats. You do realize that, right?

Dollars and people are not the same. If Sergei donated a metric tonne of money to the Democrats and lots of lower level employees donated to Republicans, you could still see this stat.

But if you insist on feeling like you are being targeted, you could twist the numbers to make it look like Google is a liberal outfit putting "hits" on conservative blogs and covering their tracks by taking out all the other blogs on the system at the same time.

Or you could stop being a paranoid narcissist.

Dylan said...

Meade should flip-cam the Google headquarters. Until the real reporters get there. Then he can run away again.

plainjane said...

I worry not only about the internet censors but about Soros owning interest in 30 news outlets.
Also, aren't Bing and Google somewhat entangled?

plainjane said...

Someone at Forums says that Bing powers Yahoo searches:
"hhsaus

* View Profile
* View Forum Posts
* Private Message
* View Blog Entries
* View Articles

hhsaus is offline Hand of A'dal hhsaus is on a distinguished road

Algo's change all the time (smaller changes) and rankings fluctuate. But there have been no major Bing algo updates reported lately (Bing has been powering Yahoo search for a while"

My mistake about Bing and Google being inter-related, I guess.

My mist

Phil said...

You are a looter! Pay for your own blog, moocher! If Google has gone Galt good for them. It's high time they throw the detritus (moochers like you) on the ground.

Robert said...

I went to law school with Margaret Raymond, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review and won almost every important prize. She simply oustanding in every way.

Phil said...

You ARE A MOOCHER and a LOOTER! Go pay for a real website instead of looting the bandwidth from us producers

Alex said...

You ARE A MOOCHER and a LOOTER! Go pay for a real website instead of looting the bandwidth from us producers

That only applies to government check welfare recipients like you Phil.

shiloh said...

Or you could stop being a paranoid narcissist.

No, "we" like AA just the way she is ie the "no frills" I'm ready for my close-up mistress! :-P

JamTheCat said...

You people are aware that Google was down for EVERYBODY, right? I couldn't even access my blog, and mine's not that political; I'm a liberal, but I talk mainly about my writing. Plus everything was back up and even the posts I'd lost were available to view again within a day. So this paranoid conspiracy nonsense being spouted is exactly that.

Also, Blogger is a free part of Google. If you use it, you're a free-loader. As is Ann and as am I. Part of that is you're at the mercy of Blogger and it's set-up. And considering how many gay blogs Goggle's deliberately blocked, I hardly think they're a pile of lefties out to ruin the righties. In fact, there is a Lot more evidence of the contrary.

Ann Althouse said...

"You people are aware that Google was down for EVERYBODY, right?"

Yes. Please read the details and try to understand the difference between that and what happened to me so your opinion will be helpful.

SonnyB said...

blogger is a free service, doesn't that make you one of those loathsome "moochers"? really if you don't care for a free service the pay for hosting so you have something to complain about.

Erik Brynjolfsson said...

Your correction is not correct either. According to the 2005 article to which you link, 98% of the $207,650 donated in 2004 went to Democrats. That could have been 200K from one Democrat and $10 from 765 other people donating to Libertarians, or various other combinations. We don't know what fraction of Google employees donated donated to Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians or Communists 7 years ago.

I trust you'll want to set the record straight.

Southern Beale said...

Oh my God. You people are incredible. It's always all about you, isn't it?

Every Blogger blog was down. Atrios. Digby. Jonathan Bernstein. *Mine*

Cripes. That your first knee jerk reaction is to reach for the tinfoil hat conspiracy is just ... well, pathetic.

shiloh said...

Pathetic, but typical of conservative blogs er the liberal boogeymen/MSM is always out to get 'ya!

But not to worry as wingers have been stock piling guns for quite some time ...

theotherjimmyolson said...

Can you be called a customer when you are mooching a free service.There are a lot of things that happen that have nothing to do with Althouse, perhaps this is one of them. Paranoid much?

Alex said...

Can you be called a customer when you are mooching a free service.

You obviously have a very perverted definition of "Mooching". Google offers free blog hosting, a private entity. Anyone that takes the offer is by definition not "mooching", but entering into an agreement with Google.

theotherjimmyolson said...

If blogger is a free service, shouldn't a user be called a moocher rather than a customer? It's not about Althouse, or any other conspiracy theory.Isn't it poor form to complain about losing the use of a free service, not to mention ascribing underhanded motives to people who are unaware of your existence?

Alex said...

theotherjimmyolson - the problem when you use the word "mooch" is gives off connotations of THAT relative who uses guilt to sponge off family members. To compare that with free internet hosting services totally misses the point, all apparently in the service of bashing a perceived conservative blogger.

theotherjimmyolson said...

I don't like this free Popsicle. don't you have one in raspberry?

Alex said...

I don't like this free Popsicle. don't you have one in raspberry?

Talk about lack of reading comprehension.

ray said...

Typical conservative sense of entitlement.

David said...

Google's not out to get Althouse. It's the general incompetence of Americans at work here, of which Althouse is herself an example. I'll be glad when the market is actually freed and I get a better doctor for half the price that I'm being gouged for by the "libertarians." Or when I don't have to pay for excessive patent and copyright fees ... what's free about that? Nothing.

Alex said...

Typical conservative sense of entitlement.

Whereas in real life, 98% of welfare recipients are Democrats.

Ann Althouse said...

"If blogger is a free service, shouldn't a user be called a moocher rather than a customer? It's not about Althouse, or any other conspiracy theory.Isn't it poor form to complain about losing the use of a free service, not to mention ascribing underhanded motives to people who are unaware of your existence?"

Why are you complaining about my writing, when you got to read it for free? You must be a hypocrite!

theotherjimmyolson said...

Shall I take that as an admission that you do not know the difference between a complaint and a question? I'm beginning to understand where the low opinion of you expressed by some of your colleagues comes from.