a 'mooh' point

clearly an IBM drone

Will you be my friend too?

The other day I noticed that the traffic on my blog had increased dramatically. I couldn’t really understand why (I have not written anything substantial in quite some time) – all I could see was that the majority of the visitors originated from Google. The search results were mainly “Jesper Lund Stocholm”, “Alex Brown” and “OOXML” … which told me just about nothing at all.

But then I noticed that a few of them also included the term “boycottnovell” and “techrights”. This lead me to check out the feed from #boycottboy’s website – and behold – I was actually mentioned in one of his defamatory articles.

The article is this: http://techrights.org/2010/09/11/sc34-is-still-a-farce/ .

The quotes start like this:

Weir is then met by opposition from Brown’s longtime right-winger, the ODF-hostile Jesper Lund Stocholm [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]. He is a known Microsoft booster and Weir’s responses to him go like this:

I wonder if I shall refer to myself from now on as “Goose” or similar. Alex is clearly the Maverick here.

Now – and this is where I envy Rob – #boycottboyquotes a conversation I had with Rob (which I clearly won, btw :-) ) – but conveniently leaves out everything I wrote. It seems to me that Rob and #boycottboy live in some sort of symbiosis – each benefitting from on another. #Boycottboy clearly regards every little thing Rob writes to him as a “badge of honor” – regardless of the content itself. And Rob very much benefits from #boycottboys critique-less c/p of his comments/articles … with the infamous “#boycottboy reality distortion field” applied.

I wish I had a friend like that. I wish I had a friend that would blindly recite every syllable coming from my lips – without any sanity-check at all.

I totally get why #boycottboy needs Rob – but why IBM’s chief ODF Architect (elsewhere known as “ODF’s one-man-army”) needs someone like #boycottboy is beyond me.

And you know what the silver lining is here? I actually benefit greatly (and not only in a monetary sense) from being posted on #boycottboy’s site. The increased traffic from techrights.org keeps the fire burning and it is almost always a certainty that someone will write to me to invite me to speak on document formats at conference, potential customers or even political parties.

So please keep it up, you two – it helps me avoid the wife and kid going to bed hungry at night.

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Do you really think Rob benefits from Roy's attentions? Roy is so obviously a total booby surely any "coverage" from him has a negative effect ...

Hi Alex,


(pardon the late reply - my GMail spam filter got at bit too creative)

Do you really think Rob benefits from Roy's attentions? Roy is so obviously a total booby surely any "coverage" from him has a negative effect ...

Well, I regard Roy as Rob's blunt instrument ... allowing things to be said that Rob couldn't say himself ... them being too far from the truth.

I think the truth lies in the numbers ... Roy has more than 1000 followers on Twitter.

Smile

You never know where you will end up getting the most hits from.  In my case, my #1 referrer was not from Roy, not from Groklaw, not even from getting front page of Digg or Slashdot (10 times).  It was from a site I had never heard of previously, a Russian blog called "Habrahabr".  It brought me nearly 100,000 visits over a week, back in March when I exposed the Microsoft random browser ballot bug.

In the end, if you want traffic, you concentrate less on attracting "friends", and more on providing unique,  interesting, well-written content.  

Hi Rob,

In the end, if you want traffic, you concentrate less on attracting "friends", and more on providing unique,  interesting, well-written content

That is very much the truth.

Speaking of interesting content - I have been waiting to see the last two parts of your 5-part OOXML Final Update series. I am hoping you will have time to complete them.

Smile

www.robweir.com/.../...-ooxml-update-part-iii.html

Jesper, I have 39 draft posts in various states of completion, including those two OOXML posts and others that I am absolutely certain you will love.  But it is easier to start a post than to finish it.  So hard to give a date estimate.

Hi Rob,

Jesper, I have 39 draft posts in various states of completion, including those two OOXML posts and others that I am absolutely certain you will love

Damn ... I only have 5 - one of them entitled "Struck by the Wrath of Roy "Kahn" Schestowitz" . As it turns out, the post above shares some parts of the content with that one.

But it is easier to start a post than to finish it.  So hard to give a date estimate.

Oh, I am not trying to rush it - I know the pain of finishing off a piece that was sooo easy to begin Smile

Looking forward to reading them ... in due time.

"Well, I regard Roy as Rob's blunt instrument ... allowing things to be said that Rob couldn't say himself ... them being too far from the truth"

Definitely agree with this, as much as Roy is outspoken I believe he is Robs puppet.

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