Two more that violate freedoms

Lately it is fashionable to violate the freedom of people by companies of internet products and operating systems, either by not showing the code, or by forcing you to have something you do not want, etc.

Companies of this fashion are Microsoft, Apple, Canonical, Facebook o Google / YouTube, for a number of reasons that I will not explain here.

For Gravatar y WordPress (blogs) are part of this, why? Very easy:

  • They do not allow you to delete your account
  • They are linked to each other by noses, like Gmail and Youtube
  • In the case of WordPress, if you have an email account associated with both services, you can only comment on blogs with the domain with your WordPress account.

In theory it shouldn't be a bad thing but in a case like me it is (if it's all my turn ...):

In my previous blog, I used this account, the Gravatar one, but later I went on to put it as a secondary one to not use Gravatar on the blog due to a troll who stole it from me.

So far nothing strange, but my surprise comes when a few days ago I tried to comment on a blog with a WordPress domain, I couldn't comment.

Today I was looking for the solution and well, I entered WordPress, but it does not let me put the Gravatar of the secondary account, only the primary one, and if I change my secondary account to primary the Gravatar will be used in the other blog.

This is not as bad as other companies, but I will give a series of recommendations:

  • Don't create a blog in WordPress
  • In the case of doing so, use two different accounts, one for the blog and one for other sites, to be able to comment in the case of leaving the blog. Under any concept the external account will be linked to the Gravatar account on the blog, but will use a different one
  • Don't go giving your real name on the Gravatar profile


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  1.   pandev92 said

    Ehem, not creating a blog in wordpress? And what do we do, we use blogger XD's cow poop?

    1.    Courage said

      You fuck yourself, then you send them all to shit hahahaha.

      1.    Manual of the Source said

        I imagine you mean only blogs, right? If so, I agree perfectly. Also the platform is quite limited. The best without a doubt is WordPress on its own hosting, and if you cannot or do not want to pay for hosting and use one of the free platforms, you will have to be aware that cheap is often expensive.

        Regarding the points you mention, I prefer number 2, that of the accounts linked by force. It is one of the things I hate the most about Internet services. In my case the problem is with Google Plus, because I opened my account with an email that I do not use but I cannot change it because it is from Gmail and both will stay stuck for life because Google wants it. Companies should learn not to forcibly link independent services.

        For all this the best will always be free and decentralized alternatives. 🙂

  2.   rogertux said

    What makes you do Canonical?

    1.    Cris duran said


    2.    Cris duran said

      I want to know the same!

    3.    kasimaru said

      What does Canonical do, I would like to know!

    4.    Courage said

      If any seems new and everything haha.

      Well there it goes:

      This is not a democracy: Mark Shuttleworth.

      1.    rogertux said

        It depends from where you look at it ...

        1.    Courage said

          What I was referring to in terms of freedoms was generally not to force anything.

          In the case of Canoni $ oft, what they do is violate the principles of GNU / Linux by not taking the community into account.

          1.    Ozzar said

            What is taking the community into account? Something like a 24-hour suggestion box with binding force, does someone or some not make the decisions for you in each distribution when determining the packages to include, support and the rest? Canonical is a company and it can and should be managed as it sees fit according to its policies, not because it markets a GNU / Linux product should it follow "GNU / Linux" principles.

          2.    Courage said

            It is not listening or having a suggestion box, always in a middle ground, but what is going against the principles of GNU / Linux is I do what I get from the trickys, and whoever gets bitten already knows.

            They could do polls to see what users want.

          3.    Ozzar said

            What you say: «I do what I get from the tricky, and whoever gets bitten already knows», what has it? It is a business policy, like any other, it can be more or less inclusive, depending on your interests. I reiterate, the fact that they "use Linux" does not mean that they are no longer a private company that is managed as they please, to follow other principles. It is your decision. The cost derived from this, whether wrong or not, should be given by its users, not us who do not even use that distribution.


          4.    Courage said

            It is company policy, but this is a delicate field with that.

            If it were another field other than GNU / Linux, BSD and other open source systems, then there would be no problem.

            In the case of GNU / Linux this policy goes against its principles.

      2.    anubis said

        And what free software project is it, creature?

        By the way. I have a WordPress account, associated with the email from which I am writing and it does not force me to log in anywhere to be able to comment on any blog 😉

        1.    Courage said

          To me in any blog with domain yes.

          And the Ubuntu ... Aaay what a mania with that.

          1.    anubis said

            You have the mania. Until you learn that in SL there is no democracy, if not meritocracy, I will not stop 😛

          2.    Courage said

            Take a tour of MuyLinux or Malcer's blog and read all the explanations I gave on the subject, I am lazy to explain it.

  3.   Wolf said

    I use Blogger and it is three quarters of the same. We live in the digital age, and the price to pay is your privacy. Through the Internet, companies and governments can know everything they want about you, whether you create profiles or not. Even the browsing history is kept for years by ISPs. Big Brother sees you. At least you can always give false data, but it is very difficult to escape such long shadows.

  4.   Yoyo Fernandez said

    I have several blogs in WordPress and I have had many others and I will continue to have them in WordPress for life

    Blogger is painful (not to mention another worse qualifier) ​​to have a personal blog, I know, I have a blog on blogger and no comparison with WordPress

    You have the proof that the big sites and blogs run under WordPress. Can you imagine this site on Blogger? it would be pathetic ...

    By the way, correct "operative" systems for "operative" 😉


    1.    Wolf said

      Be careful, that Blogger has hidden features that nobody knows about. For example, at the beginning of last year Google was tweaking I don't know what on the servers and many entries and comments were lost, overnight. Lately he has applied a localization filter to the blogs, and small edit buttons that previously appeared for a quick modification of the texts, now they no longer appear unless you add NCR to the web address ... Anyway, I'm thinking of migrating to WordPress, truth be told.

    2.    Courage said

      Fuck and look I have reviewed the article, it must be the age.

      Anyway this site is different, I mean the ones that are

    3.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Several years ago I wanted to create a blog ... I thought of Blogger because it is from Google, and Google is infinitely higher in popularity than WordPress, but ... after seeing the complete disaster that was Blogger, how painful that platform is, without a doubt WordPress was (and still is) the best option of all the ones I have seen.

      Now Courage criticizes as such and NOT, the first being the WP blogging system and the second the CMS as such.

      1.    Courage said

        Yes, when you were young hahahahaha.

  5.   Yoyo Fernandez said

    Where I said "great" I meant "great"

    It sparked me [/ chavo del 8 mode]

    1.    Courage said

      Do not look at the straw in someone else's eye, but at the beam in yours hahahahahaha.

  6.   Carlos-Xfce said

    Hello, Courage. Thanks for the info. A little clarification: you would have to specify that it is, to avoid confusion with

    1.    Courage said

      I'll put it, but come on, it's the blogging

  7.   Hache said

    Late xD

  8.   José Miguel said

    I agree to protect privacy, I also have nothing against Nick (alias), but I prefer to use my name, I have nothing to hide ...

    On the other hand, let's not forget the social networks, full of our personal data.

    1.    Courage said

      That's why I said the Facebook thing.

      I have never liked the real name, I do not trust to put it there.

    2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      I HATE having to give my last name on the internet… ¬_¬… Google took away my G + a while ago because I put my nickname and not my name, this is reason enough not to see it with such good eyes as before.

      1.    Courage said

        Well, in a certain blog it comes out, so if you don't like it, remove it as soon as possible.

    3.    Kharzo said

      Jose Miguel, that's fine, but not so much if you also want to put your surnames, and it turns out that you are the only one in Spain to have them .... complain about something on the web and after two days they already know that it was you xDD

      About the article you are right, it seems to me a tremendous lack of respect towards users that you cannot delete the WordPress account, honestly, I do not think it is very difficult to add a button to delete it, or that they delete themselves like Microsoft's.

      But I also believe Courage, that the difference in the violation of freedoms between Microsoft, Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook and Canonical is great, the former do it boldly and constantly and the latter has only demonstrated their position as a company, that I know of. Canonical does not have back doors in Ubuntu, nor does it collect personal data from the users of its distro without consent, or things like that, at most, Ubuntu One, but I have never used it nor do I intend to do so ...

      1.    Courage said

        With the other companies I mean that they violate freedoms, not in the same way, some do not let you delete accounts, others with their This is not a democracy, others without releasing code, etc.

        1.    TDE said

          I feel that you don't have the slightest idea of ​​"freedom" and "opinion". You can be free to do, think and say whatever you want. More than your opinion should be taken into account, it is far from the standard of freedom. It is important, I do not deny it, that in this, what the user wants is heard. However, the same importance cannot be given to everyone. And let's see, not even in the same democracy this is achieved.

          Go to Rajoy and tell him: Hey man, I think you should do this to improve employment. Let's see if as a citizen you at least have the opportunity to get closer. And watch, for many of those things you are not even free in democracy. You are not free, simply because you are circumscribed to a geographic and sovereign space through citizenship, to tell this or that politician that he is a son of a ***, even if you are right.

          The same in this case you are free because your fundamental freedoms are respected, but do not think that that is why you can be cool asking for voice and vote when there are clear lines that one and other institutions follow (political and computer science, for example)

          Democracy does not imply the direct freedom of the citizen, or in this case of the user. It only supposes it roughly (fallacious to tell the truth). If you were to lead a project like Ubuntu or any other, you will realize that you simply cannot maintain an open attitude to all voices who want to express their opinion, that is simply going into chaos. If it were for many linuxers, everything would be console and terminal mode, and come on, that is not the case.

          In your continued arguments regarding this topic that you have given here, it seems important to me that you tell your experience, but with charity and respect I must say that in front of your idea of ​​freedom you do not seem very coherent.

          1.    Courage said

            Nor do I say that you have to take into account the opinions of everyone, but ask and see what the majority says, or do surveys, which is more orderly.

            In theory in democracy you can vote, which after all is like a poll that sees by majority who will be elected, in the case of voting for a president.

            It is not a question of taking it to the extreme, but these companies take it, and also for the worse, with a middle ground.

  9.   Nonamed said

    I wonder if there is any alternative to gmail that respects privacy

    1.    Perseus said

      riseup friend, I use it and it's great for me 😉

      1.    Nonamed said

        thanks i take note

        1.    Perseus said

          If you need an invitation code to the service, just let me know and I'll give it to you 😉

          1.    Nonamed said

            «Invite codes
            Second »

            Thank you

            Do you need two invitation codes?

            send me the code to

            thank you very much

          2.    Perseus said

            Done bro, code sent 😉

          3.    Nonamed said

            Thanks, let's see if I can find another invitation

            : )

          4.    okerbi said

            Hello Perseus,
            You would have a code of those for me. If so, you can send me to

            Thank you very much

    2.    Courage said

      Or GMX

      1.    Kharzo said

        Not so much, in riseup there is no infumable privacy policy of a lot of pages, but in GMX now yes, and the truth, due to the conditions they put and their characteristics, you could make one in others (Windows Live Hotmail, for example) that you wouldn't notice the difference anymore.

        If I were given the choice between using these services (which is what the vast majority now use) and communicating normally (speaking face to face) with other people, I would choose not to use services such as social networks such as skype, msn, etc, although That would imply me being isolated or not being fashionable; I would not use any, they all put things in their privacy policies that I do not like, they clean their hands as a company and it clearly states that if you use those services, you do not have any kind of power about the data you put into them, but since people don't read it to them, then they are surprised when they do what they want with it.

        1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

          If it's about choosing ... I prefer my own email server hehehe 🙂

          1.    Nonamed said

            It would be nice if someone dared to put a how-to on how to do it 🙂

          2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

            You would need a server (Dedicated or VPS), a domain, and advanced domain of networks, services and OS as such 🙂

            There are several ways to do it, they are a lot ... some simple, others fucking complex 😀

  10.   Windousian said

    Poor Courage's freedoms are constantly violated.

    1.    Courage said

      Everything happens to me ...

      1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

        LOL !!!!

        1.    Courage said

          You laugh, it's good that you complain about other things too.

  11.   tammuz said

    And what's wrong with telling the truth? The one that is still believed that democracy exists in some part of the planet earth is that it is not really in contact with reality, in short, the question is to blame canonical for all the evils of the world as previously it was Microsoft, the CIA, the KGB and so on a long ETC