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Yahoo caught censoring Open Source

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 6 years ago

Censorship 5

An anonymous reader writes "Amanda Kerik responded to a problem that a user was having with their Windows machine that since they had to do a re-install they might as well install Ubuntu Linux.

She got a message back from Yahoo claiming that such a comment was in violation of its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. It deleted her answer and warned her not to post anything like that again .."

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fud (1)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | more than 6 years ago | (#22198722)

When a question came up on yahoo questions asking how to find M$ office, I suggested the person can either check out bit-torrent, or make the switch to open office.

I won best answer.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjOr9Mo7LPgfDO8EtKAH1v7sy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071219065112AAFeJjn&show=7#profile-info-7TKCHXKzaa [yahoo.com]

so I don't think yahoo is fighting vehemently to sweep FOSS under the rug.

or maybe the just missed my post.

i dont see how FOSS could be any sort of threat to yahoo. (with the exception of a FOSS search engine.)

not fud (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 6 years ago | (#22203720)

The Son of Sam did not murder me. Does that make him less of a murderer?

Yahoo should be ashamed of what happened and take steps to prevent the same thing from happening again.

Okay... (1)

Rakishi (759894) | more than 6 years ago | (#22198904)

So if you asked about firefox deleting their bookmarks (common enough problem) you wouldn't mind 20 answers saying "use internet explorer"? Or do you only think it's wrong if it's something YOU support/like that you can't spread the word about?

This is pretty much how any decent help forum works. Otherwise you get lots of zealots jumping into threats and saying "Why are you using X, use Y instead." On one forum I go to the Firefox/IE back and forth got so bad between the zealots of both camps that they simply (temporally) bans people outright for it now.

Open Sauce (1)

erikina (1112587) | more than 6 years ago | (#22199212)

This is a joke. Not only is there no content or credibility but the Author Nick Farrell - believes the word is 'Open Sauce' (not a single time, does he refer to it correctly). Anyway, the article is just a rough paraphrase of the the site he references: http://slated.org/yahoo_censoring_open_source [slated.org]

Re:Open Sauce (1)

sYkSh0n3 (722238) | more than 6 years ago | (#22201106)

the grammar and spelling of the whole thing is horrible.

The incident has created a bit of a stir after Kerik posted it on her bog

and even if a merger is of the drawing board

It claims the issue raises the head about reliability of web search outfits


so yeah, the whole article is crap. I've spoken with Dell Tech Support reps with better Engrish.

I did click on over to her "bog" though. And it has some slightly more interesting material. Apparently, she just pointed out that if they bought xp, they wouldn't get office or any of their preinstalled programs, so she suggested burning an Ubuntu iso with imgburn and running it as a live cd. She didn't even tell them to install it, just suggested they give it a try before they go spend quite a bit of money. Yahoo deleted the post, and then when she asked why, she got no response.

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