Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Atheism Does Not Equal Pornography


I was doing some research and was looking for the University of Minnesota study on atheism from a few years ago as I couldn't find the copy I'd saved. So I ran across an about.com article about it which I thought was pretty slick. But then I saw that the StumbleUpon designation for the article was Pornography!

This is nothing new. It happened to numerous articles (and my blog!) a while back including several articles of mine and articles by quite a few by others. The articles and blogs in question were about atheist issues and GLBT issues.

It's a nasty thing to do - it counters the positive effect of social bookmarking and also makes the articles show up as pornography on search engine results.

I put out the word today to report the about.com article as not porn so it should be fine in a day or two. But if you have a StumbleUpon account, it couldn't hurt to check it out and while you are at it, check any atheist or GLBT articles you may have bookmarked to see if they've been similarly re-categorized.

UPDATE:
The category has now been changed to atheist agnostic.

1 comment:

cailleachma said...

I hate that certain people feel they can put a rating on (or otherwise censor) your (or anyone's) blogs and articles based on their disagreement with the subject rather than actual content. Nice link, BTW. I had a derisive snort at the 'random' banner ad that was to the right of the article: "Remember how it made you feel as a child" *picture of a cherubic, Shirley Temple-esque tot* "Remember Again." *Cut to pic of The Holy Bible* "Click Here to order a free Holy Bible" ~The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.