June 15th, 2009

documentation, writing, quill

LRN2INTERNET, dearest APA.

[00:21] Azz: My day is not complete without sending a cranky email to the APA.
[00:27] Azz: compare and contrast the section on "domain name extension" here: http://www.apastyle.org/elecmedia.html with http://www.pir.org/index.php?db=content/FAQs&tbl=FAQs_Registrant&id=1#q4 and http://www.pir.org/index.php?db=content/FAQs&tbl=FAQs_Registrant&id=1#q7
[00:27] Azz: note that pir.org is the place that ICANN tells me is in charge of .org domains.
[00:28] Azz: in conclusion, the APA article can kiss my domain-atrix behind.

Yes, this is the American Psychological Association, mother of the APA Style, that I'm cranky with today.

Accessed 2009 06 15:
The domain name extension (in the preceding example, ".org") can help you determine the appropriateness of the source for your purpose. Different extensions are used depending on what entity hosts the site. For example, the extensions ".edu" and ".org" are for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations; ".gov" and ".mil" are used for government and military sites, respectively; and ".com" and ".biz" are used for commercial sites. Domain name extensions may also include a country code (e.g., ".ca" for Canada or ".nz" for New Zealand).


Ditto:

4. Can I register a .ORG domain name?
Yes. .ORG always has been -- and will continue to be -- an open and unrestricted domain. Anyone is allowed to register and use .ORG domain names.

.ORG is the home for millions of nonprofit Web sites, including charitable, artistic, scientific, personal, educational, social, cultural and religious sites.

.ORG sites are run by clubs, incorporated and unincorporated not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, families, individuals, schools, foundations, and more. Even for-profit companies have .ORG sites devoted to their noncommercial activities, such as charitable or volunteer programs.

Many noncommercial organizations conduct commerce to support their activities. Examples include clubs that raise funds, hospitals, noncommercial Web sites that run advertising to support their operations, etc.
...

7. I found a .ORG Web site that is commercial in nature. Is this allowed?
Yes. .ORG is an unrestricted top-level domain, and anyone can register.

8. Why isn't .ORG strictly limited to not-for-profits?
.ORG has been an open and unrestricted domain since it was created in the 1980s. It would be difficult, expensive and sometimes unfair to impose new restrictions. For example:
  • It would be difficult to determine what is a not-for-profit and what isn't. Every country has different laws and definitions about what a nonprofit is.
  • Verifying the site and credentials of every applicant around the world could multiply the cost and time for registering a .ORG domain name. Verification would require many staff people who read different languages and would slow down the registration process from minutes to weeks or months. PIR receives just $6 per year for each .ORG domain name, most of which goes to running and improving .ORG's infrastructure and technology.
  • Because .ORG has been unrestricted for so long, it would be unfair to take domain names away from people who registered them under old requirements.


Why do I care when someone is wrong on the internet? Because this is the APA. They are one of the definitive style sources that other organizations and educational institutions require in formatting academic papers. They are wrong on the internet and in print. People are using their wrong as an authoritative reference material. People are teaching their wrong to impressionable teenagers and non-technical adults.

It is irresponsible of the APA to imply that all .org websites are owned by non-profit organizations; it is irresponsible to imply that there is the same screening infrastructure in place for owners of .org domains that there is in place for .edu domains. This is not true. Anyone who has access to a credit card and telephone may lawfully purchase a .org domain name, and put whatever they like on it. The contents of .org domain websites are only as reliable and authoritative as the organization that owns the website. The sooner this myth gets busted in schools the better.



Cross-discussion.
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Demon's Lexicon chat with crossover crackfic

So somehow I have turned some of the regulars in The Demon's Lexicon chat into fans of Growing Up Cullen. The following is not-particularly-sane product of this intersection.

Things you need to know going in:
Nick is a very disturbed young man who is also kind of a badass. He is a womanizer, a troublemaker, and hangs out with the bad boys when he goes to a school and needs a social crowd.
Edward is a ~*beautiful*~ ~*vampire*~. Also a bit of a priss.
The Chat has an obsession with chocolate, fever fruit, and general hilarity. Chatter goes on for a while before the crossover starts. I have spell-checked this a bit, but not much more than that.

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Azz: I thought I was being so clever when I noticed that Nick was dyslexic before it was mentioned.
Azz: Then I felt very silly when the reason became apparent.
Eva: Well if you hadn't noticed, perhaps you would have felt sillier.
Azz: But demons have no need to pass spelling tests!
Eva: They do if they have to go to regular schools.
Eva: Or want to please their family member.
Azz: I KILLED THIS SPELLING TEST FOR YOU, ALAN
Azz: IT WHIMPERED IN SUBMISSION AND THEN DIED
Azz: SEE HOW IT IS BLEEDING, ALL OVER?
Eva: Alan would understand.
Azz: Yes. He would ruffle Nick's hair and find cookies.
Azz: BUT ARE YOU NOT PROUD OF MY EFFORTS, ALAN?
Azz: (it is a sad and scary thing that Nick is occasionally crossing in my head with Growing Up Cullen)
Eva: If he smiled while looking for the cookies then Nick would have probably thought the mission was a success
Azz: Yes.
Azz: (I would not want to see what would happen if Nick and Edward Cullen were ever in a class together.)
Eva: Don't lie, you would want to see.
Azz: (well, yes)
Azz: (I just wouldn't want to be present)
Azz: (entrails would probably be strewn about)
Azz: (perhaps not either of theirs)
Eva: So long as they are not ours either, as we are not present.
Azz: Exactly.
Eva: But we are informed.
Azz: Edward would be ~*brooding darkly*~
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#IranElection special edition of the Regular Azz Twitter moment: **117** tweets for 2009-6-15

In the last 13 hours, I posted the following to Twitter:


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Iran's having a bit of a revolution right now, and all I can do is Twitter.

Quick recap: Iran had an election. The results of the election were ... dodgy, given that the favorite had many more supporters than there were votes counted for him. His supporters decided that a rally was in order. Government disinformation (rally is canceled, and so forth) was spread. People are communicating by any means possible there, including Twitter. All the information that the Western media is getting out of there is via the internet, via people there who are risking their lives to get it out on Twitter, on YouTube, through proxies, I believe occasionally by telephone? People there, like @StopAhmadi and @persiankiwi are acting as communications hubs with their friends, family, and contacts: tracking rumors, relaying information about where there are beatings, where there are shootings, where there are fires, whether people are taking in strangers stranded on the streets (yes).

A bit of history and some warnings.

Huffington Post liveblog coverage

Semi-organized live firehose: http://iran.twazzup.com/ (selected twitter bloggers plus relevant keywords, updating live)


If anyone wants to wade through what I already shared today from Twitter, I have this morning's tweets archived already, thanks to wibbble, who tweaked the usual posting script to run twice today in case I overloaded it (and it was a good job he did, because it would have).

Right now activists are pleading with Twitter to postpone their maintenance, because people in range of the chaos are using it as part of their communications network, and Twitter going down would endanger their lives.

People following, my dears, please take time to see to your own needs as well. Tweeting and retweeting, you are a node passing packets, and the network heals itself if one node has to go down, so long as there's a network. This is the model the internet was built on. This is how it works.
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65 tweets for 2009-6-15

In the last 12 hours, I posted the following to Twitter:


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