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  • Resolved amityweb

    (@amityweb)


    Does WordPress remove posts they don’t like on here? I created a post the other day, I even had a reply, but the post is gone. The link doesn’t work, it’s not in my list of created posts. There was no swearing or hate speech or anything, just a question and example of how poorly developed plugins break websites (quite a serious issue that should not be disregarded).

    So I am a bit concerned someone is censoring posts they dont like maybe?

    All the post was was asking about why developers release plugins that break sites. It would be a good discussion point, but does put WordPress in negative light because it does show plugins are poorly developed and maintained.

    It would be a good discussion because I think something needs to happen about these poor developers and plugins. I just keep telling my customers, “a plugin update broke your site” it really is not professional.

    Quite strange my post disappeared.

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  • Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Support Volunteer

    You received a reply on that topic from a moderator explaining things and why it was inappropriate for the forums. Arguing it here is not helpful.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Here’s the reply that hit your inbox from me when I replied to your topic.

    @amityweb These are support forums for the code hosted here. These are not discussion forums, they’re not opinion forums. It works out best that way and focuses on tangible support topics.

    This isn’t one of those topics. If you want to opine or blog about this then please do so somewhere else. WordPress.org isn’t the place for that and I’ve archived your topic.

    If your email works then you’ll get this one too.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Just to re-iterate the point: It’s not about what a moderator likes or dislikes, these forums are not anyone’s blog.

    This site is very targeted and limited in their scope and that works. If you need support for any code here, be it theme, plugin or WordPress itself then this is the right place provided it fits within supporting the code here.

    If you have a process question about plugins, themes, patches, Slack, etc then that’s OK too.

    If you’re looking to “a good discussion” outside of the code or process then that’s not for this site. I am not a moderator on these two places but perhaps that would be where you can have that conversation.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/advancedwp/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Wordpress/

    > It’s not about what a moderator likes or dislikes

    Regardless of the justification for the above, I think the evidence shows you are not being entirely honest, open and truthful when you claim to be unbiased:

    I am contracted to provide tech support for a fixed user base, and over the past 18 months I have seen an increasing number of support tickets involving a bogus virus alert on hacked WordPress sites that is actually a phishing attempt based on redirect malware (i.e. the “crypper/Zeus” WordPress redirect exploit detected by sucuri.net)

    When people visit the infected WordPress site they are shown a new tab or pop-up window that falsely claims their computer is infected with a virus. The victim is then directed to call a bogus tech support number or install a “virus removal tool.” If the victim complies with these instructions, the scammer will attempt to install password stealing spyware on the device, which is then used for identity theft and bank fraud.

    https://wordpress.org/support/topic/zeus-virus-from-my-website/

    When I attempted to explain this in the above thread to a WordPress site owner who encountered the same problem and did not understand it, the moderator committed the following offenses:

    1. Secretly deleted my post
    2. Closed the topic
    3. Deleted my WordPress account
    4. Blacklisted my domain so I could not register a new account

    (a fraudulent message appears when registering: “You cannot use that email address to signup. We are having problems with them blocking some of our email.”)

    It’s really surprising and disappointing to see moderators censoring discussion about grievous security flaws in WordPress (and the widespread redirect attacks against WordPress sites which have been launched by a sophisticated hacking group.) It appears that the moderator deleted my post just because the contrast in quality between his post and mine demonstrated his own lack of knowledge, and he was embarrassed.

    It is terribly shameful and disgusting when a childish moderator has to prevent other people from being helped just to protect his own fragile ego. Under the circumstances, I cannot continue to use or recommend this product. I do NOT appreciate the extra work that I am burdened with because of the security flaws in WordPress and the sabotage from malicious moderators here.

    Considering how the moderator seemed to be playing stupid when the exploit came up in discussion, and the way he tried so hard to censor this information, I must also consider the possibility that the moderator who deleted my post is somehow involved with the group behind these widespread hacking attacks.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    We have published steps for reporting security vulnerabilities: https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/testing/reporting-security-vulnerabilities/

    As moderators, it is our job to make sure that security vulnerabilities are reported via the the proper system, and not publicly disclosed on these forums.

    The moderators’ job is to moderate the forums. We keep it clear of spam, insults, public security vulnerability disclosures, content that does not belong in a *support* forum, and anything else that goes against the published guidelines: https://wordpress.org/support/guidelines/

    If your post falls into one of those categories, it will be removed. We have those published guidelines to help you avoid that.

    We do not, under any circumstances, remove posts because we simply don’t like them. There are thousands of posts I’m not too fond of here, I just try to avoid them.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    Who moderates the moderators? That would be me.

    If you ever think you were incorrectly moderated, email me. I don’t mind, at all.

    My email is otto@wordpress.org. I’m always happy to listen to your views, and offer you my opinions, after I review the issue.

    But, be warned, I don’t take sides. We don’t actually “delete” things here, just hide them, so I can always see what was supposedly “removed”, and thus, I will give you my honest opinions, advice, and take the proper actions accordingly.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    Oh and FYI:

    When I attempted to explain this in the above thread to a WordPress site owner who encountered the same problem and did not understand it, the moderator committed the following offenses:

    1. Secretly deleted my post
    2. Closed the topic
    3. Deleted my WordPress account
    4. Blacklisted my domain so I could not register a new account

    1. No secret to it. They deleted it because it was spam.
    2. That they can do too.
    3. Even I don’t have that power without doing some seriously manual stuff to the database.
    4. If true, then that would have been me who blacklisted your email address’s domain.

    BTW, your current account, which I’m replying to now, is now blocked as well. In both cases (your old as well as your new account), you used a disposable email address to register here (we don’t allow that) and you are using an open proxy in order to post (which means that you’re intentionally hiding your location in an effort to foil our spam detection systems).

    Basically, you’re banned because you’re not saying who you are and you are actively trying to hide. Which is fine, but not if you want to post here. We only allow posts by real people, with real identities. If you need to stay in hiding, then that’s fine, but don’t post here.

    If you want to have an account on these forums:

    1. Use a real email address. Any use of email from a disposable email provider will have that account immediately blocked. If we cannot email you, then you cannot post here.

    2. Don’t use open proxies and other such services to try to hide your location. Normal people don’t do that. Spammers do.

    If we find fake accounts like yours, then they get blocked. Doesn’t matter what you are posting, because you’re not a real person, you’re a spammer using fake emails and fake locations. Pretty simple.

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