Private Tutor asks WordPress about Cyberstalking
Dear Mr. Mullenweg,
In my capacity as a blogging private tutor, I write to you as C.E.O. of WordPress.
A few days ago I received notification of a post from one of my favourite bloggers. She stated that she was the victim of a cyberstalker and that she intended to stop blogging.
To say I was angry is an understatement. She has a wonderful writing style and an active mind that produces posts on an amazing array of subjects – the description ‘eclectic’ does not do her justice. She has many followers and has been Freshly Pressed – the staff in the engine room at WordPress obviously know a good blogger when they see one.
Don’t let that go to your head WorPress crew. There is a problem here which we bloggers need your help with. My good friend, the cyber victim, says that it is not possible to block out individual people from coming to your site. So the stalker can stalk with impunity.
When one of your bloggers is being bullied/harrassed/cyberstalked I think it is your duty to step in and help. You have all the power here. You have peoples’ details and are able to see what they comments they make.
Cyber bullies, such as this one, tend to be no more than snivelling little oiks and not very bright. They are likely to be someone who jumps at their own shadow. They hide in their bedroom, faces an unhealthy pallor from spending too much on the computer. In some ways they are to be pitied but my sympathy goes to the lady being stalked.
Interestingly another blogger I follow posted the following a few days ago, ‘There are some real freaks out there who take pride in watching your every move on your social networking profiles, who always wait for your next photo of your cleavage, legs or even feet and hands.’
Cyberstalking is alive and kicking, it will not go away on its own. Not given adequate attention it will continue to flourish.
This is where WordPress can do its bit. An email to the stalker may be enough. Failing that, then contact with a solicitor local to the stalker and the sending of a letter may suffice. A further step may be for you to contact the local police force. A knock on the door and warning of potential incarceration will almost certainly work. All this is in your hands because you hold the cards, you have the power.
My question to you Mr. Mullenweg, as CEO of Wordress, is: ‘What are you doing to help victims of cyberstalking on WordPress?’
A Private English Tutor