Still breaking the law…….

When I reviewed our blog stats (last night) I noticed a number of visits from one particular ip/site.  As we all do,  I followed the links back.

Interestingly I found a number of blunt messages and direct links to our sites.  Quite simply one post only has a simple statement:

Reasons not to bother building a web site. Number 186
https://parotdesign.wordpress.com/

Yes folks he is here in Kefalonia, and he can’t spell for toffee!

There is also another statement that says

Reasons not to bother building a web site. Number 187

Similar vein.

ummmmm ummmm got to think .. got it – the person designs web sites (we actually know that), the person says they used to teach accessibility (we know that too – well we know the person says they used to teach accessibility) but

Can’t be bothered now

OK – I admit I can’t spell

Now for some hard facts:

Based on results from the World Wide Web Consortium (the guys who manage the internet and set the standards for it) we ran a series of tests on the web sites owned by the person who has used the internet to publish the information above.   The first 6 results are sites belonging to the person concerned.

  1. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     62 Errors
  2. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     86 Errors, 1 warning(s)
  3. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     153 Errors, 1 warning(s)
  4. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     43 Errors
  5. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result       127 Errors, 1 warning(s)
  6. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result       82 Errors

Our site! – This document was successfully checked as XHTML 1.0 Transitional! Result:     Passed

The forum software licence (phpBB) – on which the statements were published clearly states

“While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.”

The forum to which I refer is  a closed “private” forum.  The webmaster and one of the administrators must agree before you can join.

Guess what – the webmaster (and an administrator) is the person who wrote the posts.  We have no right of reply.

The sites mentioned above (nos 1 – 6) all offer a service and are either B2B or B2P sites (business to businness or Business to people) and being based within the EU (European Union) they have a number of legal obligations that they must adhere to.  ummmmm none of the sites (1-6) do.

This is a clear example of how one individual – wherever they are in the world – can not only continue to break the law, breach software licences but also use the internet as tool for personal vendeta.

This type of abuse of the internet is endemic and many site owners suffer from the same problem.  It is about time that the cyberbullying laws were extended not just to include the – unforgivable – bullying of children – but also to include any on-line activity such as the above.

The internet is a competive world – good – the internet is also unregulated – good, but we are all under an obligation to maintain the “laws of the land”.

When people ignore software licences,  ignore the basic requirements of publishing a web site we have to question where will we all end up.

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