Finally, I have to say something concern the current events on PPS. In all these months of me associating with the Malaysian blog-tal, I have rarely mentioned anything regarding the current issues and challenges faced by PPS.
But now, winds of change are coming our way. In recent weeks, a few issues have hit PPS, but the three most important ones are blog throttling, commercial blogs and withdrawal from PPS by senior members.
In essence all three issues are inter-related, but I will first talk on the first two. And the it is not without irony the first two controversies are caused by the very same person, whom many bloggers I know consider a persona non grata. But after all the mudslinging and furore, you would think he would have learnt something from this. Ho-hum.
Anyways, the biggest criticism Aizuddin (PPS co-founder) faced in the wake of the heated debate was that he did not do anything public with all the suggestions. But for those unfamiliar, PPS belongs lock, stock and barrel to Aizuddin. He owns the domain name and webhosting space, but the support comes from all the participating bloggers. It can be said that PPS belongs to the spirit of the community, a common privilege of each blogger that pings. But in stark reality, it belongs to Aizuddin, if he so chooses to close it down tomorrow, no one can argue otherwise.
But in all fairness, I think Aizuddin has been more than fair and tolerant of the bloggers, even those who hurl less than pleasant words his way. And finally, he has instituted the PPS policies to address the problems. Well done, Aizuddin.
I feel that blog throttling has to be implemented, it goes against the open spirit of blogging, but some individuals have gone overboard and ruined it for the rest of the bloggers. So yes, I agree with the necessary evil of throttling.
On the second note, yes, separate the commercial blogs from the personal ones, but do not separate the personal blogs further. I donâ€™t agree to categories like review blogs, humour blogs, tech gadget blogs etc. To me, pigeon-holing is against the very spirit of free speech and blogging. Yes, separate the profit driven blogs, but leave the rest alone.
And finally, the final point. A few bloggers have stopped pinging to PPS in the aftermath of the events. Many others may have done so in the past, but perhaps they did not publicize the decision. For those who have done so, I hope you reconsider your decision. The varied make-up of PPS depend a lot on different views, and I feel the experienced bloggers add an interesting depth to the sphere. I agree with Din and Eyeris, PPS is not as fun as it was some time back, but if all the serious bloggers stop pinging, it will be much worse.
At the end of the day, if you like a particular blog, bookmark or add it to your feed reader. And recommend it to your friends. If you donâ€™t like a blog, donâ€™t read it it, and tell your friends not to read or click them.