Re: AOL orders Mozilla privacy features removed (4.00 / 4) (#15)
by rusty on Mon May 08, 2000 at 10:53:08 PM EST
Yes, the above is Blake Ross from the story, and I'm very sorry you didn't wait for my reply, Blake. While we're posting emails publically, here was my response, explaining, among other things, why I didn't feel comfortable holding the story. If anyone else thinks I'm being unreasonable, please do let me know.
> Hey there Rusty:
> I've forwarded your letter to Steve Morse [firstname.lastname@example.org], the
> Netscape engineer currently handling the image blocking prefs. I feel he can
> better comment on the situation, being a NSCP employee.
> I would greatly appreciate if you would hold the story until I (or
> you) hear back from him;
Unfortunately, the story was posted as I was reading this message, so
it's no longer possible to hold it. I did add an update cautioning
people not to overreact-- you can see the story here:
K5 does tend to have relatively level-headed readers. If there's a
sensible explanation for all this, I'm very certain they will listen
closely to the Netscape/AOL side of things before going off on a flaming
About Steve Morse being named, the quote in question is from the public
Bugzilla archive, and is available to anyone who looks at the link
anyway. Like I said, I am more than willing to hear and make equally
public his side of the story. You may not be familiar with how Kuro5hin
works-- the readers submit stories, and they also post them, through
voting. Any logged-in user can vote on stories, and it takes a score of
2% of the total number of users to post a story (currently running
around 27). So, I am not so much an editor as a technical admin and
occasional contributor to the site. This is all by way of explaining why
there's really no tactful way for me to prevent a story being posted, if
the readers think it's worthy of posting. And they thought this one was,
by a wide margin.
Please don't misinterpret my intentions here. I really want to get both
sides of the story. As soon as you (or you, Steve) have a response, I
will post it. I just can't go pulling stories that the readers have
clearly demonstrated they're interested in. I hope you see my side of
> I'm not sure how he'll take to the idea of his name
> specifically being the one to mention that the feature "went the way of
> management decree". I'd also like to point out that AOL management likely
> had little to nothing to do with such a decision; Netscape is still a
> separate entity, and remains very indepedent from the affairs of America
> Online. It often angers me (in general) to see news resources jump on the
> idea of AOL "censoring" Netscape, since it has very little influence in the
> development of Mozilla and NS 6.
This is what I, and most everyone else, thought too, which is why the
story was so surprising. Please correct us, if it's not the case.
> I'd also like to point out that there's still quite a easy way to get
> the image blocking preferences back (IMHO, I believe they were removed in the
> first place because it is ads that heavily supports Netcenter), by adding a
> certain line in your prefs.js file. Feel free to mention that there's still
> an easy method of retrieving feature, though I'd rather not have you
> publicize the actual line of text used (unless, of course, Steve grants you
> permission - he has the final say in everything here).
> If you are going to use my name in the article, I'd also appreciate
> it if you'd link it to my email address (BlakeR1234@aol.com, as Bugzilla does
> it), so that if I do make attempts to clarify the story via comments, people
> won't doubt my identity.
> Again, Steve Morse is really the guy to talk to about this. Your
> site would greatly benefit from hearing "the other side of the story," and
> would certainly set you aside from all the other "me-too" news sites out
> there (thus, I'd rather you wait until you hear back from Steve).
Unfortunately, as explained above, the very feature that does set us
aside from all the other "me too" sites more or less prevents me from
holding a story back. We accept submissions at the email address
email@example.com, if a reader decides they'd like editing or review
of their story, but if they decide to post it directly, it is there for
everyone to see, immediately, so I have to decide if I want to pull a
story and face the wrath of the readers, or let them decide, and update
it as new information becomes available. I generally choose the latter,
as overall site policy.
Thank you for your prompt reply. I hope we can satisfy you that the
truth is being told.
Not the real rusty
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