Sunday, July 18, 2021

Holding a Conversation over Different Platforms

Tag Spam

There is a growing number of publishing platforms on this planet. I've started using platform built on HIVE blockchain since these platforms reward posts with a crypto currency and, to be blunt, I could use a few rewards in mu life.

The blockchain hosts multiple web sites. These web sites publish articles based on the tags used in the post. Using the tag #POB puts the post on ProofOfBrain.io. The tag #LEO drops the post on the site LeoFinance.

Some users on the platform have taken to using multiple tags on their posts to get their posts published on multiple web sites.

Do you see the problem:

Dropping multiple tags on a post gets it published on multiple sites! A system that publishes posts on different sites creates a new problem called "Tag Spam."

I believe that the solution to tag spam is to simply limit the system so that the system only lists the post on one site.

My solution immediately begs the question: What should a blogger do if a post is truly relevant to two tags.

I think the answer is simple: If a topic is relevant to two tags, the blogger should write original posts for each platform that might be interested in the topic. The blogger should then create links between the different posts.

Writing original posts for each of the tags and linking the articles has a positive SEO benenfit as Googlebot and other web crowlers would see original content on different sites about the same issue.

Tag spam leads to a situation where different sites publish the exact same content. This has negative SEO implications. Writing original content on multiple platforms and linking the articles has postitive benefits.

HIVE is a single blockchain that produces multiple sites. The same issue applies

A similar problem occurs when people use different platforms. Businesses and individuals need to use mutliple platforms to connect with their audience. Some lazy bloggers will write one post then copy and paste the posts on all interested platforms.

Publishing the same text on different sites creates a problem for the Googlebot. Googlebot won't know which pust the true source of the inforamtion and is apt to dismiss the sites with duplicate content.

A better approach is to write articles fresh articles for each platform which target the people on the platform. My article on LeoFiance talks specifically about how tag spam affects the LEO token. I wrote an article on PhotoStreem about the picture and talked about how one can use images to connect topics across platforms. Note, all of my posts on this topic are using the same tag.

I have created a structure where I am discussing a single topic on multiple platforms. To emphasize the structure, I added an index page for the conversation on my homepage.

I did not copy and paste text from the different platforms. Instead I wrote original articles that discussed the topic from the perspective of each of the web sites in this particular group.

The process is a little bit spammy but, since each of the hand written articles are specific to the respective platforms, I believe that the structure provides an example of link development done correctly.

Because this particular exercise is about the proper way to publish posts across different platforms, I might add another article or two on different platforms.

Please, drop a comment if you believe that writing articles on different platforms is spam or if it is a good web practice.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Parley Articles

I am really happy to see Parler.com back up on line.

Parler.com was the victim of a cancellation campaign from the left. Notably, Leftists had Parler's app removed from Google and Apple services and Amazon cancelled Parler's web hosting.

I've been a subject of cancellation for my entire adult. I love when people stand against the forces of cancellation. So, I've wanted to write some posts for parler to show suppport for the platform.

In my case, I have been cancelled by both the right and left.

Specifically, I believe that health care reform is the single most important issue of our generation. If Americans do not develop an alternative system for funding health care, the American experiment in self rule is lost.

I spent almost three decades trying to find people to work on the issue of free market health care reforms.

Progressives dream of nationalized health care. My research was automatically cancelled by the left.

I decided to approach folks on the right. I discovered that the rank and file of the Republican Party were receptive to discussions of free market health care reform, there was a group within the GOP that systematically undermined all debates of free market reforms.

This group, of course, is called CONSERVATIVE.

Free Market Health Care Reform would liberalize the health care market. People who had direct control over their health care resources would have greater liberty.

CONSERVATIVES hate Liberalism. Expanding liberty is a liberal ideal. Therefore, conservatives automatically oppose ideas that would expand liberty.

I realize that some Republicans will be scratching their heads. Conservatives use liberty-rhetoric, why would they be opposed to ideas that expanded the liberty of the people?

This conundrum had me confused as well. So, I decided to research the history of Conservatism and as absolutely appalled by what I found.

I've been thinking about using my Parler.com account to discuss the history of Conservatism.

I will write many of the articles on the Proof of Brain Web Site.

Friday, January 29, 2021

FTC Disclosure

 The Biden Administration promises to bring back all of the onerous regulations passed during the Obama Administration. In 2009, the Obama Administration passed a regulation web sites include a big yellow box warning users if a blogger might receive financial gain from a link. The Obama Administration went after small web sites that failed to include FTC disclosures.

The Trump administration secretly removed that regulation and stopped going after small web sites. We can expect the FTC to revive the practice during the Obama administration.

FTC Disclosure: The FTC Rules of 2009 required that a blogger precede any link or post for which they might receive material benefit with a warning in a big yellow box. The font of the warning should be larger than the font of the offending link.

I've started blogging on HIVE. The HIVE platform gives bloggers rewards for upvotes. I might receive monetary consideration for the link in the following paragraph.

I wrote a post on HIVE about how much I despise the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has a long history of writing rules that punish small publishers while allowing large firms link Google and Facebook to run roughshod over the community.

The Trump administration stopped enforcing this FTC regulation. Biden promises to revive the regulatory regime of the Obama Administration. I expect to see the FTC selectively enforcing this rule against the sites that the Biden administration wants to cancel.

Monday, January 25, 2021

A Tale of Two Riots

 It is telling: The leaders of the Democratic Party were not willing to call out the troops when rioters were looting and burning small businesses in 2020. 

In contrast, they rushed to call out 25,000 troops when they personally felt threatened.

The amazing thing is that, after the photo ops with the troops were over, our brave leaders in Washington DC stuffed 5,000 of the troops in a parking garage that lacked sanitation facilities and had only one outlet.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Two Sides of the Coin

Partisan division is ripping the United States apart; So, I decided to write a short book on the history of partisan division.

The thesis of the work is that the left/right split was created by advocates of the monarchy and that both sides of the divide lead our nation on a path to feudalism.

The title of the work is The Two Sides of the Coin.  The metaphor is that the two sides of the coin are made of the same metal.

I plan to type out each chapter of the book on PeakD (PeakD rewards posts with the HIVE cryptocurrency).  Please leave comments below:

Monday, March 02, 2020

Automated Calls

I got a phone call.
It was an automated voice saying that electric bill was past-due and that power would be cut off in 30 minutes. To be on the safe side I decided to call the power company.
An automated voice told me to ignore automated voices.
Hearing an automated voice telling me to ignore automated voices has thrown me into an existential crisis.
Well, at least I know the computers are as confused as the humans.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Fast, Furious and Contemptible

Democrats seek to impeach Attorney General William Barr because he redaction portions of the Mueller Report related to Grand Jury Testimonies. The press is framing this as a conflict between the Legislative and Executive Branch. This is a foolish tactic because the conflict is actually between the Legislature and Judicial System. While there is a strong argument that the executive should bend to the legislature. The case that Grand Juries should bend to the legislature isn't as strong.

I suspect that the impeachment of Barr is a response the the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder. The impeachment of Eric Holder was related to the Fast and Furious gun running scandal. The guns involved in the scandal were involved in numerous murders in Mexico and the US.

I always thought there was something more to the ATF Gunwalking Scandal than was reported in the press.

Just before the scandal broke, the left was running a narrative that unscrupulous gun shops were selling large quantities of guns to the Mexican cartels which the cartels and that guns sold by evil conservatives were being used to kill innocent people.

The Fast and Furious scandal showed that the gun running was being done under the direction of the ATF. It seems strange that Obama was pushing an anti-gun narrative while the ATF was letting a large number of guns walk.

Sadly, there have been numerous episodes indicating that the Federal Government has been complicit in both gun trade and drug trade. The impeachment of Eric Holder was related to a much more serious scandal than the impeachment of William Barr. The center of the Barr Impeachment is the redaction of Grand Jury evidence in the Mueller Report. This impeachment is not on the scale of the Holder Impeachment which involved arming dangerous drug cartels.

The Fast and Furious Scandal appears to be a case of the Deep State run amok. The obstruction that took place in the Obama Administration prevented us from having a full picture of what really happened. This should be a major topic of debate.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Deuteronomy on the Death of Joseph Smith

I wrote this post because I want to record a reference to a chapter of the Bible in case I need it later.

I live in Utah. A common narrative in this state is that "a mob" of unruly gentiles killed Joseph Smith with the implication that everyone who is not Mormon is somehow guilty of this great crime.

I finally got sick and tired of the narrative and studied the death of Joseph Smith. Crimes that Smith had committed in his life include the burning of press, adultery (he "sealed himself to other men's wives"), child molestation (he "sealed himself" to 14-year-old girls). He committed banking fraud and there were numerous murders associated with his group including an attempt to assassinate Lilburn Boggs who had been the territorial Governor of Missouri.

These were all real crimes with documented evidence.

According the account of John Taylor (who was LDS). Joseph Smith, John Taylor and Hyrum Smith had guns. They fired on the crowd gathered outside the jail and killed two of the people in the crowd before someone in the crowd fired back.

Joseph Smith himself was shot while trying to squirm through a window and and escape.

This was not the case of a perfect man being falsely accused and lynched by a mob. The people who shot Smith were acting in self defense. Smith was escaping from a jail.

The idea that people who aren't Mormon are supposed to share some sort of collective guilt for this action is absurd.

NOTE: From 1844 to 1919, the LDS Church included a thing called the Oath of Vengeance against the United States. This oath was a sacred oath sworn by Mormons in Temple ceremonies. The wording of the oath are: "You and each of you do covenant and promise that you will pray and never cease to pray to Almighty God to avenge the blood of the prophets upon this nation, and that you will teach the same to your children and to your children's children unto the third and fourth generation."

Generations of Mormons actually swore a curse on the United States of America for the death of Joseph Smith: Wikipedia.

The fact that Mormons swore an oath on this nation shows that the LDS Church charges non-Mormons with collective guilt for the event.

I have had Mormons swear guilt on me for this and other events.

Anyway, I decided to read the Bible from cover to cover and this passage in Deuteronomy (KJV Version) jumped out at me:

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
The prescription in Deuteronomy 13 is that "Dreamer of Dreams" who presents "signs of wonder" (like the Book of Mormon or The Doctrine and Covenants and Book of Abraham) should be put to death.

The use of the passive voice implies, of course, that it is the will of God that the Dreamer of Dreams is put to death.

I strongly oppose people who kill others and claim that the murder was the will of God. The fact that Smith's death is precisely the death one would expect for a false prophet jumps out at me.

The reason for this post: I have been in multiple conversations with Mormons who hold that all non-Mormons are complicit in the death of Joseph Smith. If this happens again I will direct the person who is making this collective accusation against the United States for Smith's death and point out that Smith's death is precisely what the Bible prescribes for false prophets.

This quote does create a troubling paradox: It says that one should kill people who falsely claim to be prophets of God. The person who is doing the killing in the name of God is setting himself up as a prophet of God and is setting himself up for the exact same judgment that he inflicted on others.

Killing people in the name of God is just plain wrong-headed and stupid. In Smith's case, his group fired into a crowd and someone in the crowd fired back (aka self-defence). The very way that Smith died provides further evidence that the guy was a false prophets. Most of the people who claim to be prophets are false.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

On Starting Businesses

At the beginning of this year I sought to start a business.

I started using the SteemIt platform. SteemIt is a social media platform built around a Smart Media Token called STEEM. It is possible to sell STEEM on the open market; so it possible to make money on the platform.

I started using SteemIt 186 days ago. I've written 702 posts and have earned $16.92. That is about nine cents a day and about two and a half cents per post!

WARNING: Most Steemians make less than that, and the price of STEEM might go up in a puff of steam and my hard earned tokens will lose their value before I cash out.

I've made more on SteemIt than I've made through Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter.

Social media is not leading people to widespread prosperity. It is making our society more polarized and class-oriented than ever.

I am using SteemIt.com, however, because I feel that it is attracting users who have an entrepreneurial spirit. It has a user base filled with people who might be looking toward creating real businesses.

Anyway, I just dropped a thread on SteemIt that introduce my intentions on creating a business. SteemIt.com just imposed some resource constraints that limit my ability to answer questions about what I am doing. So, I decided to drop this post in connection with my SteemIt post so that people can contact me using the blogger comment section below.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

She and Her Ship Sailed Apart

Last night I had another vivid dream. It was about a person who blew his life savings to produce an off-Broadway musical. The highlight of the musical was a song called "She and Her Ship Sailed Apart."

I remember the song because the song actually made sense but I could only remember the title and not the lyrics when i awoke.