December 10, 2006

Regarding the end of push-back

If you got here looking for help understanding why someone put porn links on your blog, or slipped a script into your guestbook, or started sending you real estate offers, or some other equally unwelcome and inappropriate activity, I'm sorry. Chances are, I went down that same path myself (at least once), and now you'll have to do the same.

This blog was set up to help mitigate and rectify the damage to innocent third parties through spam (in all its flavors) and other abusive practices. It has since been used as a mechanism to damage innocent third parties. I will not allow it to be used to damage innocent third parties. The information previously hosted here was licensed to the public domain. It's all yours now. I'm done.

I will not allow third parties to suffer for my opinions. Going after a hosting company in an attempt to silence a critic, demonstrates precisely the kind of damage to third parties that this space was intended to address.

Since this happened in Canada, it's important to note that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms includes this:

1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
a) freedom of conscience and religion;
b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
d) freedom of association.

Since 2(b) or not 2(b) is apparently a question, this information is leaving Canada.

Legitimate public criticism is important, and this space served well in that capacity for a while, saving hundreds of people from scams and spams and other internet nastiness and helping, in a small way, to clean up after tens of thousands of unwelcome and inappropriate blog posts from the pharmaceutical to the political to the pornographic. Today, I have bigger battles to fight. It's a wild world out there, so...

Good night, and good luck.

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