August 13, 2009 • 12:00 am
Being a frequent user of some community sites, I begin to witness a new trend for the last few months.
First of all, there is a thing called “troll” which is used for people who wants to get attention and deliberately posts contrary messages about sensitive subjects. You can tell who is a troll and who is not pretty easily, they have no valuable post before, all they do is to post such messages and they have no knowledge about the subject etc.
This, of course, does not mean that every contrary message is posted by a troll. Every person has the right to think in his way as long as he respects others’ freedom.
Also one might be a newbie where in that case you should gently direct him to places where he can get information about the subject, instead of flaming him.
But nowadays, if your thoughts aren’t welcome by the majority of the community or sometimes even by one person you are immediately called as a troll. Moreover, you might even be ignored/banned or the topic might be closed/moved to trash. This makes “discussion” impossible even though the software they are on is called forum aka “discussion board”.
So, beware… There are people out there who doesn’t agree with you and you might be called as troll any time, at the very unexpected moment!
Filed under: Internet, community, discussion, trolls
August 2, 2009 • 10:27 am
2 or 3 months ago I switched to Nearly Free Speech (NFS) hosting provider. It “had” some advantages like you pay as much as you use the system. For example, you pay per megabytes of traffic or per megabytes of storage you allocate on the system. This reduced the payments of my web sites significantly because I used to pay a static charge even if I use only 2 megabytes of the 750 MB storage provided to me by my old hosting. The other reason I switched to Nearly Free Speech was that their service is providing some technologies which allows me to do some experimental web pages and my old hosting lacks them.
However things have changed this month, NFS started charging for things they used to not charge and started charging more for other parts of the service. They even started to charge for support tickets! These new changes increased my balance nearly 100% (maybe more).
I can live without the experimental features you know… And NFS even lacks some fundamental features like providing email accounts (they only provide email forwards) which makes my old hosting provider again a shiny solution.
I should now reconsider the situation and maybe change my hosting again. Maybe NFS charges still a little less than other options but it doesn’t worth if it is only 2-3$. Doing a 100% price increase really got on my nerves.
Filed under: Internet, hosting provider, Nearly Free Speech