Wednesday, January 23, 2013

GoV Update

For the record, Gates of Vienna has moved to Word Press. I received the following information from readers:

Gates of Vienna has moved. Our new location is:

Previous content is in the process of migrating to the new site. Most is already in place.

I owe a big debt of gratitude to Henrik Ræder Clausen, Vlad Tepes, and KGS for their help setting up the new site and tutoring me in the nuances of WordPress.

We will shortly have the archives and the comments, but the new template hasn’t really been established — just the bare minimum to get us up and running. The rest of the process will take a while.

The old site at blogspot will not redirect to the new site, because Google has locked the blog. We have filed a request for a review of our status, but there’s no telling whether that will work — Google has not communicated with us except for the initial notice, which was:


Google has received a Terms of Service complaint regarding malicious
code on your blog. After conducting our review, and in accordance with
Google’s Terms of Service, we have removed the content at issue.

Terms of Service:
Content Policy:

The Google Team

In the meantime, if everyone could change their links to us on their
sites, as well as their bookmarks, that will help the search engines find the new URL and give us back some of our ranking.

If I have any other important news about all this, I’ll send out another mass email. Otherwise, check in at the new URL for information on the situation.

Thank you all for your interest and support.

I wrote the following in an e-mail to a reader:

 - The methods Google uses are pure Stalinism. They do not give the accused a chance to defend themselves, nor is there any specific accusation, nor do we know who the accusers are. There is no contact with a human being and nothing one can do except panic. Is there some reason to feel that Word Press won't do the same?

We don't know what pressures were placed on Blogger to do such a thing. This is similar to the many acts of piracy against the French website François Desouche. Like GoV, FDS became very popular and very outspoken.

As I post this update I see that GoV has been restored at the old Blogger site. But no explanation is given, nor do we know how long this restoration will last. GoV says it is staying at Word Press.

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At January 23, 2013 12:09 PM, Anonymous Dykeward said...

It behoves us, I think, to try to promote alternative sources of social media / online sources of functionality for all.

For instance, Facebook is the big fish, but if everyone agreed to dually hold an alternative account with another (open source?)provider who promised freedom of expression and no tracking, then this may help build a suitable rival. Use in tandem until the centre of gravity began to move. Not political nor corporate. Advertising OK, high-scale tracking not. There are hundreds of FB clone software sites out there now. FB is losing thousands every day.

The same for a search engine. Utilise an alternative. If it does not work, then use your regular engine. Not left, not right but free.

At January 26, 2013 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Agree with everything you said. Especially agree with open source.

My background is Eastern European and the spying and tracking offends me. Many of us still have scars and have not forgotten the past.

IMHO-Both the attitudes of Google and FB are potentially dangerous, and thus should be avoided as much as possible.

Will never have a FB account and I have put up persuasive arguments to friends and family using empirical data to support my arguments against FB. The vast majority have closed down their accounts.

I encourage others to use privacy orientated search engines like,startepage and DuckDuckGo.

Here are the links

Good Riddance to both FB and Google.



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