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Thursday, December 07, 2006

It's Not Easy Being Cutts

One of my favorite Dilbert cartoons is the one where Dogbert is accused of becoming "an annoying person who misinterprets everything you say." He replies "Yes, I'm more assertive." Interlocutor replies: "I said annoying, not assertive." And then something or other about climbing into a clothes dryer.

Anyhoo, there is a usual tempest in a teapot unfolding with a site getting into trouble with Google, and ranting and raving about it even though Google took appropriate actions and even tried contacting the site owners. So far, there are 121! comments on Matt's post about this.

One of the comments, by Shelly, reads:

So what youíre saying is that if a site has links to subjects that Google doesnít approve of, and these links are hidden, you remove the site from Googleís results? When is Google going to realize if you canít legislate morality, you canít algorithmically control morality, either?

Shelly must be one of those people who believes hidden text referring to animal porn provides an optimal user experience, and that Google has an obligation to help hackers disrupt legitimate businesses. What a bunch of heavy-handed goons that they won't bend over backwards to accommodate whatever it is Shelly seems to want, or might be thinking. Because, not to put too fine a point on it (as Shelly clearly refuses to): a bunch of randomly-selected search results showing up willy-nilly is perfectly analogous to free speech, and equals freedom for all.

It does look cosy in there. I think I'll climb in.

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