I'll continue to use dreamwidth.org 9/25 '14
I have used dreamwidth in the past and continue to do so from time to time because it is a thoughtfully designed, professionally managed, user supported site that genuinely listens and responds to the needs of its user community. I recommend it as a social blogging platform with a strong, rich set of access controls.
On September 24 I wrote a post locked to a group of authenticated people on this site.
Shortly after I wrote that post, Tom Boutell commented on it with the concern that the information in the post was available to Google and would be cached.
- Tom may have overlooked the visual indicators of access on the post and erred in his statement
- The site may have failed to honour my request to limit access to the post
- Tom may have tested access, found it was effectively public, and warned me
- Tom's software or privilege model may be buggy
- Tom's understanding of access rights may be deeply flawed (this certainly matches discussions you can find elsewhere on this site: it takes a lot of hammers to convince the guy to not dismiss out of hand requests and explanations from people who want to give him a chance and use his stuff)
- There may be a different explanation
The result when I went to bed was that I do not trust this site, nor anything else authored by Boutell, to honour access controls I place on my data. When I continued writing this, having received an email in the interim that started "Oh lord, Dawn. I am so sorry," nothing has substantially changed. I don't want to use this platform and I certainly don't want to encourage people I like and trust to use it.
It will take more than an apology to build my trust of Tom -- and more importantly, of a system he designs, writes, or maintains -- to a level where I will be comfortable placing anything other than "for public consumption" materials on this site or any other authored or co-authored by Boutell.