Updated to add: Hoyden about Town will still at times link to articles at Alas A Blog, because of the many strong feminist voices there, but will undertake to always provide the option of a link to a googlecached page instead, and always with an attached disclaimer. Readers will thus be enabled to make their own choices about whether to visit Alas, A Blog or not. Pony called us on this and was right to do so.
This is my first public de-linking. Renowned “pro-feminist” blogger and cartoonist Ampersand aka Barry of Alas, a Blog (yep, not linking) apparently sold his amptoons domain in July, and only fessed up in September in a post which I missed and which did not allow comments.
He sold his domain to a Search Engine Optimiser, who used the domain’s pages to put up link farms to porn sites. So, every time a feminist posted or linked to Alas from the beginning of July until Barry put up that post, was unknowingly helping Alas’ high site-ranking bring business to those porn sites. Considering the number of anti-porn feminists who post to Alas, the lack of transparency is troubling, to say the least. So Barry’s blog is no longer on my blogroll (or at least won’t be as soon as blogrolling.com is back up).
Witchy-woo has harsher words.
UPDATE: Chris Clarke has some words on the phenomenon of ritual condemnation and other aspects of blogging, which offer a worthwhile counterpoint. Barry has reposted his original announcement, with some added responses to various criticisms, and this time has allowed comments. This I will link to [link].