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Politics? WordPress management turns Evil and attempts to make me look bad

Discussion in 'General Business' started by SNTJJ, Jan 8, 2017.

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    I am author of a free optimization plugin for WordPress that is used by over 10,000 websites. Users have expressed their appreciation for the plugin that enables WordPress websites to achieve a good performance quality for SEO (including a Google PageSpeed 100 score).

    wordpress org/plugins/above-the-fold-optimization/

    The Above The Fold plugin started as a tool that was used for professional Google PageSpeed optimization services. It has grown to a more mature plugin, making it easier to achieve and maintain a Google PageSpeed 100 score and to achieve the best website (frontend) performance.

    WordPress turns evil for no apparent reason

    I was getting some bad vibes and a moderator has provided angry comments to my WordPress support topics (in which I tried to help WordPress users as best as I could). He makes it look as if I was advertising something in my signature, while that was not the case.

    I signed all my posts with the following simple signature:

    Best Regards,
    Jan Jaap
    info pagespeed pro (email)​

    The signatures have been replaced by a link to WordPress rules that state the following:

    Signatures
    Using your WordPress.org profile for advertisement in posts unrelated to your themes and plugins is discouraged. This includes signature links and URLs in display names.​

    I was not advertising anything and besides that, it was my plugin. Other users use the same type of signatures, even in the topic where the moderator replied and commanded me to never post "those signatures" again.

    codex.wordpress org/Forum_Welcome#Signatures

    [​IMG]

    wordpress org/support/topic/bad-directory-structure-logic-for-proxy-scripts/

    To make it worse, they restricted my WordPress access so that comments need to be moderated before they are posted. Apparently to show me that they do not trust me.
    SEMrush
    How could they treat me so disrespectfully?

    I provide a free plugin that improves SEO and performance for which many users are thankful and I was providing free support on the forums, that costs a lot of my time.

    Regrettably, I am attacked by the Dutch Government because I stood for truth. I was author of a city platform called "I Love City Name" with over 500,000 users and I wrote a blog to expose crimes by the Government that has been read by over 1 million people in The Netherlands. The Government has never responded and hides in silence.

    I am 100% honest and I have done nothing wrong.

    It seems like a possibility that this situation may be related to my problems with the Government and that politics got to WordPress management to attack me and make me look bad.

    I hope that someone on this forum could provide some advise. I just want to do a good thing and provide a great service. It would be terrible if politics could come between that.

    Best Regards,
    Jan Jaap
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    It certainly appears that the moderator has been heavy handed (been accused of that from time to time) and there will be other points of view on this. If I had to edit 100 posts here you'd be pretty certain to get banned but perhaps they should have noticed before things got that far? At this forum, if you made 10 posts with a bad signature you'd be sure to be reported.

    I'd just wait it out, keep doing what you are doing and they'll get sick of having to approve your comments.
     
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    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks a lot for your reply and insight as a moderator!

    Regarding the signature, I did not provide it for self interest and nothing was advertised. The signature "name,email" was provided as a service for users to let them know who I was (a real name) + my email for (sensitive) information. Users often do not want to share a link to their website in a topic, so it would enable them to start a private conversation about an issue. The support topics were mostly about advanced technical issues such as Google PageSpeed optimization and often a user provided access to their websites and I helped them for free (to learn from and to make the plugin better).

    The email was intended as a shortcut for users to reach the author of the plugin. Something that is a service quality, not advertisement.

    According to the WordPress forum rules I did nothing wrong and would actually be allowed to make a small advertising in topics related to my own themes or plugins.
    Therefor it is clear to me that it is intentional wrongdoing by the moderator / WordPress management. (I don't think that the moderator handles on his own).

    I am thankful that the situation can be discussed here and that the topic is not removed! It is important for me that potential corruption will come to light to prevent it from damaging others.

    Best Regards,
    Jan Jaap
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Although I'm a WordPress user/dev I don't use their forums often so I can't speak for them or know what others do but their rules state:

    upload_2017-1-9_10-42-36.png

    So it appears that any signature - helpful or not - is against the rules. They may have a habit of turning a blind eye, but you don't have a leg to stand on if a moderator is OCD about the rules.

    Your signature contained the word "pro" and perhaps that was seen as promoting a paid service?

    Oh, and I wouldn't be too worried about the Government thing. If they wanted to "punish" you for that you wouldn't be "guessing". I created waves a few years back and on returning from an overseas trip was grilled by Immigration about my occupation etc even though my nationality and right to return shouldn't have been in doubt. I tackled a senior investigator on the case about that and he assured me that there was no connection. Sometimes you just get spooky coincidences.
     
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    qwikad.com Illustrious Member Affiliate Manager

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    Rules are rules. If you, for instance, start posting your email address or a link to your site below the Best Regards on this forum I, assume, you too will get warned and possibly banned. My question to you would be why the hell would you even argue with the WP mod(s) if you have a plugin directly associated with their service? I am sure it's in their power to make your plugin stop working all of a sudden.

    If anyone takes on the government (I mean exposing corruption and stuff) and expects no repercussions he/she is naive.


     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Maybe, but you wouldn't be left guessing - especially in Holland, didn't that documentary maker get gunned down at his own front door?

    this guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_van_Gogh_(film_director)
     
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    Hi Sarah,

    Thank you for the additional insight / information.

    The rules you listed are on a different URL than the URL that is linked in my 100 support messages. The moderator replaced my signature with a link to WordPress rules that forbid "advertising", making it appear that I posted advertising / spam.

    The rules you listed do not say a signature is not allowed. The rules discourage a signature for the quality of the forums.

    The rule holds a purpose: to improve scanning of information in support topics. The email I listed also holds a direct purpose: a short link to initiate a private conversation with the plugin author.

    Most users use the same signature: regards, name, email / website. Even in the topic that the moderator replied angrily as if I did something wrong, the support seeking user uses a similar signature with his website instead of an email.

    Regards,
    Name Surname
    Manager @ http // website.com​

    I believe I deserve a little respect and not the tone of the moderator that selects me for his rant, replacing my signature with a rule against advertising in 100 support posts while replying beneath a post with the same signature that he leaves untouched. He attacks the plugin author and leaves regular users alone. That isn't right.

    It is not logical what has happened. It is clearly an attempt to make me look as if I was spamming users. That is a crime in my opinion.

    The free plugin has cost me a lot of time. A lot of extra time (beyond the needs for our professional service) to make WordPress users happy.

    Sometimes you just get spooky coincidences.
    I agree but I do wonder what could have motivated the moderator to do what he did. I was providing quality free support to users. I did not deserve to be positioned as a spammer.
     
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    Over the years I've seen people on this forum slamming various services only to eventually show their true face: that they were intolerant, immature loud mouth haters. I am not saying you're one of them maybe, indeed, what you're saying is 100% accurate, but in my experience anyone who takes time to come to this (and other) forums to slam a company or a person is usually just as guilty as the company or the person he/she is trying to smear. It's just my personal experience (and it has proven to be 99.9% accurate).


     
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    Hi qwikad,

    Thank you for your insight!

    I have certainly no intend to slam a company. I am author of a WordPress plugin that receives appreciation by many users. My foremost interest naturally is a good relationship with WordPress.

    There are no conflicting interests. I am actually developing several technologies that can be made available as a WordPress plugin, such as a plugin for real instant website speed + 99,9% real HTML data transfer saving for WordPress websites. Up to 1000x better result than Google AMP and Polaris from MIT.

    Those plugins, among which "Advanced WordPress Optimization" that offers up to 50x better speed and performance than existing plugins such as W3 Total Cache (professional level HTTP optimization for WordPress), make me believe that there must be a special interest from WordPress management in me as a plugin author. I therefor can't believe that the moderator did it randomly on his own. It is a clear attempt to make me look really bad to users.

    Users looking at the plugin will now think that I posted some form of spam under my support messages while I provided support completely free and with no benefit other than to help others.

    Best Regards,
    Jan Jaap
     
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    I see. Are there similar plugins in existence? If you happened to share some of that info on their board maybe someone is trying to tear you down feeling that they now have to compete with you. You never know. Either way, I hope you can settle it peacefully. You really don't want to piss the WP staff off to the point your services are no longer welcome there. Just keep that in mind.


     
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    Hi qwikad,

    I believe WP may be lucky to have an innovator such as me devoting a significant amount of time to provide services for their platform to make their users happy.

    Despite the loss, maybe I should be happy to have received their message early to prevent further damage.

    Best Regards,
    Jan Jaap
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I've just been through https://wordpress.org/support/topic/you-can-send-the-previous-version/ and Google's cached version and if that's a typical example of your posts there then I'm perplexed. Admittedly I haven't looked at how other authors handle signatures but it does appear to be within their guidelines or worth a friendly email to correct.

    That said, and I love WordPress, it's shite as forum software. Signatures should never be in the body of a post, should automatically update when changed at a central point (ie profile settings). Maybe if they followed the lead of real forums they wouldn't have this problem.
     
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    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks a lot for your sincere feedback and time to look at my posts!

    I simply intended to provide quality support and for that reason listed the email so that users may contact me (the author of the plugin) easily. The topics were mostly about advanced technical and sometimes sensitive information.

    As you can see in that topic, most users use the same signature. The moderator left those signatures untouched.

    Why would a moderator, without a warning or previous interaction, invest a significant effort to replace my signature with a link to anti-spam in 100 posts?

    I also came to like WordPress a lot, and to see it - professionally - as a platform that I would like to support in advanced technical innovation. As I mentioned in a previous post, maybe I should be happy to have received this warning early. If it is corruption that WordPress management could not stop, they may have done me a favor. The damage would be much greater if I invested years of my time and have plugins blocked or removed in a similar way.

    Best Regards,
    Jan Jaap
     
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    My WordPress account is already blocked for days, leaving support questions unanswered. My reply to the moderator is not published, leaving it censored.

    The signatures and links of the users has been left untouched. Even in the post above the post of the moderator:

    [​IMG]

    Why did the moderator ignore the signature of the other users? The motive could be to make it look as if I posted something else, an indication of evil intent.

    The link that replaces my signature links to information related to advertisement on forums unrelated to my own themes and plugins, indicating that I must have posted severe spam for the moderator to act in the way that he did.

    It is an evil deed by WordPress management that I regret very much. I have invested a ton of time in the free plugin. I expected a thank you and a friendly treatment and instead I get smeared as a spammer.

    I am truly 100% honest and have done nothing wrong. I have never advertised anything on WordPress forums.

    I am thankful that this forum offers the opportunity to discuss the situation!
     
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    My reply to the moderator is still censored and my access to WordPress forums is still blocked. Even if the moderator handled on his own it is suspicious that WordPress management hasn't acted and restored my access by now.

    I've updated the plugin and added the following notice. Publishing an update via SVN remains possible.

    [​IMG]

    It appears that WordPress management decided to ignore the issue (there has been no email or other communication initiative and there was no previous warning or notice before the actions of the moderator). An other explanation for the continued block and silence is that they prepare other actions and are working on their story.

    The motive... I've simply contributed a quality service to the platform that was appreciated by users and I was providing quality free support.
     
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    WordPress access is still blocked and users are posting weird errors that should not be possible unless WordPress would contain a bug. If new users would look at the forum, they would see really dangerous errors and are scared away.

    [​IMG]

    Also still no email or communication initiative from WordPress.

    It looks like a personal attack.

    Does anyone have an advise what I could do to get the slander undone?
     
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    They might be afraid about your plugin popularity. As they have some plugin made by high $$$ payer & also have there own WP Super Cache

    Anyway thanks for making this awesome plugin, I have activated your plugin on all my WordPress websites.
     
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    I want to express my thanks to the users of this forum for providing attention and support. It seems that it has made a great difference and that it may have played a role to offset the original plans by WordPress to delete our Above The Fold Optimization plugin, which they ultimately did earlier this year.

    We published new Advanced Optimization plugins (Google Lighthouse optimization) and all our plugins including the old Above The Fold Optimization plugin were deleted. They destroyed our optimization business because nobody knows why they did it. Most people will believe that there is something wrong with either me, my business or the plugins because we were banned by WordPress.org. Not even I have an idea what could have motivated WordPress to do their apparent hate crime against me or my business. I simply provided a quality plugin that was loved by 20,000 users + I provided high quality free support for years.

    I am 100% reliable. I have nothing to hide, which is why I chose to address the issue in public. WordPress has remained silent...

    For people interested in the full story, it is available on Github.

    https://github.com/o10n-x/wordpress-css-optimization/issues/4
     
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