The Inara Pey Drama
Inara Pey has a blog. I don’t know the woman but I’m sure she’s a nice lady. She likes to blog about SL issues. Recently she blogged about the SpotOn3d Copyright and Patent issues (which I have presented as a continuing Drama here.) This is admirable, however after I mentioned in a comment that I found it distracting that over half of the words (5 or 6) meant to read as “patent” read “patient,”and that “license” was misspelled as “licence,” she took umbrage. I read a lot of blogs and most of them make an attempt to edit their work. As for comments about things of this nature, it has been my experience that reasonable bloggers simply acknowledge their mistake, thank you for your attention and move on. Ms. Pey attempted to correct the numerous misspellings of “patient,” but left two. It appears she wants to leave the impression that there were only two inadvertent misspellings. She then deleted my comment, leaving my second comment about the spelling of the word “license.” It’s apparent from the context that there is a deleted comment. http://modemworld.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/the-viewer-licence-to-patent/
Today Ms. Pey blogged a summary of Rod Humble’s keynote address at SLCC. This too is laudable. However, she made a mistake quoting Rodvik as saying that Secondlife’s annual income is over $75 million. I’ve been following Secondlife’s financial claims closely and I knew this not to be factually correct, and I was certain Rodvik hadn’t actually said that.
I posted a follow-up comment that confirmed that Rodvik had said, “We publicly say that our top-line is at least $75 million.” Top-line means Revenue, not Income.
Then I happened to notice that the blog had been changed so that “income” had been replaced by the hyphenated word “top-line.” When I posted the second comment my first one disappeared. It had been deleted.
Then my second comment disappeared. Evidently, Ms. Pey had seen fit to correct her mistake but didn’t want anyone to see my comment, in the same manner as the earlier blog. To me, this looks like pretending that no mistake had ever been made. Perhaps she was hoping I wouldn’t notice. I left another comment that read, “I think it would be a good idea for you to leave my post. i have screenshots that you are removing them.” This comment then disappeared.
This was too much. I posted a tweet about what was happening and the last comment suddenly reappeared, along with a reply that said, “The one-word error has been corrected. Grow up and stop making silly threats.” At this time, this comment and reply remain on the blog along with my final comment. The blog post has been locked from further comment. But you will see that Ms. Pey can’t spell the word “international” as well. I have also been blocked from following her on Twitter.
See for yourself: http://modemworld.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/rodvik-at-slcc-2011-the-gist/