08.27.11

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Amplifying Techrights

Posted in Site News at 7:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Misguided individuals think that writing about Techrights would cause harm to Techrights

Over the years there have been several Web sites created purely for the purpose of attacking Techright (or Boycott Novell) and its editors. The people who ran those anti-Techright Web sites, consistently Linux-hostile individuals, were very tactless because their sites only brought more attention to Techright. In many ways, they advertised the site rather than cause damage. So our general position remains the same; if people wish to dedicate their lives just to smearing poor ol’ Techrights, they add credibility to the site and validate its impact. Sooner or later, those who run these sites lose interest because they realise that what they do serves the very opposite purpose of what they originally intended (anti-Groklaw Web sites were also short-lived). It’s a well known fact. The Huff & Puff, for instance, amplifies Fox.

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3 Comments

  1. petrock said,

    August 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

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    Similar to the Streisand effect.

  2. Michael Glasser said,

    August 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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    I responded to this post here: http://trw.gallopinginsanity.com/2011/08/27/amplifying-techrights

  3. Michael Glasser said,

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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    Wow… only a couple days old and Roy is already responding to this site. He writes:

         Summary: Misguided individuals think that writing about
         Techrights would cause harm to Techrights

    Roy seems to think the purpose of this site is to harm him or the Techrights site. Not at all. I have been very clear with my view that if anything it is likely to help him – even give him some semblance of legitimacy (hey, he is important enough to have people refute him). With every post where I reference him, I am adding links to his article. I think this is the right and honest thing to do – if I am going to quote the article I should provide a link so people can see it in context. I am well aware that such links also benefit Roy. I will note that in Roy’s post he does not do me the same favor – he does not post a link nor quote any material. He just makes things up.

    I have no desire to bash Roy and I certainly will not lie about him. If anything, hopefully my site helps Roy to improve and to stop posting as much FUD; I want him to strive to be honest. I really would like to see this from him and his site.

         The people who ran those anti-Techright Web sites,
         consistently Linux-hostile individuals, were very tactless
         because their sites only brought more attention to Techright.

    Here Roy again twists the truth. There is nothing on my site which is hostile to Linux. Roy simply is making that up. Again, I would prefer if he would be honest – it is his dishonesty and FUD which is being noted, not anything that is “Linux-hostile”. To the contrary, in encouraging him to be honest; to stop lying about Linux and OSS. I think those actions of his are harmful and can even be said to be “hostile” to Linux and the OSS ecosystem.

         Sooner or later, those who run these sites lose interest
         because they realise (sic) that what they do serves the very
         opposite purpose of what they originally intended

    Well, I do not intend for my site to be that long lived, at least as one that is actively added to. Largely it is just an exercise for me to get some experience blogging. I have another blog I never do anything with. This one, I think, will hold my interest a bit longer. When I grow bored with it, though, it will cease to be active or at least the number of new posts will reduce.

    So be it. The idea that this site will not not likely be actively added to in a year has nothing to do with the FUD Roy is spreading there – nothing at all to do with it not serving some imagined desire to cause him or Techrights harm, because that is not the goal in the first place. And my goal is certainly not to cause Linux or any OSS project harm – that is just his paranoia speaking.

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