There is proverb which says:
Every nation deserves its rulers.
I have very little visitors in my weblog and they probably started to think that I dropped the “manipulation” articles.
No, my friends.
Every study needs examples.
The TruBar project was part of the study.
If you don’t know what WordPress is, it is the engine on which my weblog runs.
It is developed by clever and bright guys and it is FREE of charge.
Somehow it happened that the users of this software started to get SPAM
Then the bright guys decided that they can stop it with another software called Akismet
Akismet is filtering system which runs on a BIG server.
You go on a weblog, and you comment.
Your comment is sent for filtering to the server on which Akismet runs.
Akismet looks at it and decides whether it is SPAM or normal comment, and then it returns answer to the blog where you comment.
The blog system decides according to Akismet’s answer to publish or not to publish your comment.
And very sophisticated…
Well, “sophisticated” is CLEVER.
Just imagine few hundred thousands of weblogs sending data to a server and getting it back.
And all that for free.
That server has to be a monster.
How much it cost to maintain such a monster?
It is paid off.
There is a lot of paid subscriptions for it.
But that does not matter.
What matters is that there are clever guys who menage to do all this.
And now imagine this;
A guy goes to these CLEVER guys and tell them: “Hey, friends, why don’t you fix the way WordPres posts the comments and stop the spam without using that heavy monster Akismet? It only slows down my weblog.”
What do you think will be their answer?
Any answer that you could think off will be wrong, because they will simply not answer.
Why wouldn’t they answer?
An answer would start discussion.
In a discussion they must prove that nothing could be done with the way WordPress handles comment posting.
That can not be proved and they know it.
But why they don’t change it then?
Because Akismet will stop to work…
And now imagine one more think;
A guy found very easy and simple way to stop the SPAM.
What must that guy do?
Go and tell it.
The clever guys don’t want to hear about it.
OK lets imagine that he will say it loud and many other guys will hear him.
Can you imagine the reaction: “What!? Are you saying that you made something so simple which is better than Akismet!? Are you in your mind!?”
What is the lesson?
You can not go against the established rules, authority and momentum.
Well, you can, but the only way to do it is to use the momentum like Aikido masters do.
Pull the momentum your way and direct it.
Some of you would ask: “What about TruBar?”
And I’ll say: “What about TruBar? Everyone deserves the SPAM he/she gets.”