Could somebody block this troll from this list? What
he just wrote does not
even merit reply.
--- Mark Williamson <node.ue(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Oh, come on.
For the entire history of Bomis from day one
until the current day, the
percentage of revenue that comes from adult businesses has been under
10%. The bulk of the revenue of Bomis today comes from advertising
syndicated from Google; in the past it was at various times Overture and
NBCi which provided the bulk of the revenue.
"Under 10%" is code language for "Over 5%". Bomis is easily
"legitimised" by adding tonnes of search-engine sponsored results,
directory type stuff, syndicated adds, and the like, just to 'balance
out' the pornographic content.
Many pornographic websites which are more explicitly pornographic than
Bomis also have a search engine/syndicated advertising 'front', from
which they derive the majority of their revenue, but...
Far from being a "secret", Bomis is a
public website that anyone can
look at anytime they like. If Bomis is pornography so is much of what
happens in R rated movies.
I never said Bomis was a secret. I simply said that the fact that
Bomis peddles pornography, and that the history of Wikipedia is
intricately intertwined with Bomis, is kept a secret of sorts. Read
the Wikipedia articles on the issue, you will not see much mention of
pornography, but go to #wikipedia on freenode and you will hear a much
And I remind you that in many R-rated movies, there are... well, you
can find that information at Wikipedia.
Bomis _is_ a brand which is very different from
the Wikipedia brand,
which is why I have always insisted on keeping the two very separate.
Yes, but is not Bomis the ultimate origin of Nupedia which is the
ultimate origin of Wikipedia? You have said many things in this
discussion confirming that Nupedia and at first Wikipedia were both
Bomis projects. Sure, there was never a sign posted at Wikipedia that
said "Come Buy Porn from Bomis!", but the fact that much of the
funding for Wikipedia comes directly or indirectly (ie, through you
and other donors who profit from Bomis) from a business which makes
"less than 10%" of its revenue through pornography.
So while in your mind they may be very seperate, this is not something
that everybody follows along with, similar to your delusion that you
aren't a sort of god-king but rather just a sort of "amicus
vicipaedii" who is respected so much people tend to do what you say. I
hope that eventually you will catch on to the reality of the issue -
what real people actually really think, their real motivations rather
than those you imagine for them, and that what people think and what
you would like people to think are often very different.
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