Well, a bit of research later, it would appear that Matt lives in a condo at The Metropolitan in San Francisco.

I don’t know what his apartment number is, but his domain registrations all point to:

355 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The listed contact phone number is (877) 273-8550. His personal phone number appears to be unlisted, but I’d bet that calling a few people in his building would yield someone who knows him.

Now, for the emails. From Matt’s FAQ:

Well, we both have 50 million email addresses, but I put the two tried and true ones on here. Please put the word “Webpage” somewhere in the subject header, so that we know that it’s not “junk mail”
Charleen (research, content, pictures): charleen@mullenweg.com
Matt (web design, email requests, special features): matt@mullenweg.com

As usual, you might be able to get ahold of him via support@wordpress.com or m@mullenweg.com.

As a very last resort, public records searches turn him up quite handily. I just don’t feel like wasting my money on you quite yet Matt.

I’m sorry Matt. This is public information. You put it out there by registering several domain names and not opting in for privacy.


Well, it seems that we’ve been delisted as well. Mark, you really are something else.

This blog certainly does not contain any mature content. None at all.

Mark, what’s your excuse this time?

I want a detailed excuse. I do. I’m fed up. We’re all fed up.

Update: We haven’t been delisted from all tags—we’re still on McCarthy—but even being removed from tags like Censorship is terrible. That’s what this is about. Censorship.


Janie’s created a graphic to protest WordPress censorship of blogs that aren’t even violating the Terms of Service.

I followed suit by whipping up a graphic with a similar theme.

Feel free to spread these graphics around, post them on your own blog or website, or even create one of your own! If you do create one, I’ll add it to this post. How about that?


Janie received the latest salvo of vague WordPress bureaucratic poppycock.

Mark responded to her earlier letter with the following:

Hi,
You are not violating the ToS.
If you were, the blog would have been removed.

All we have done is removed your blog from our tagging system to protect users who may inadvertently visit and see content which is mature in nature. We have many users here of all ages and all views but we have chosen – because of a lot of feedback – to have this label. It is there to protect other users, to protect your blog from complaints and to provide a safe environment for those casually browsing blogs here.
The ToS does cover the action I took.

We have not restricted your blog from search engines. Google has a much wider audience than we do and it has unfettered access.

Mark

Mark, we know Google can still get to these blogs. We’re not angry about that.

We’re angry about being outcast from the WordPress community. We’re angry about being singled out.

It’s our own problem if we get complaints. Also, if children are casually browsing the Sex tag, their parents should do a better job.

You can do better than this Mark.

After receiving the reply, Janie wrote back to Mark. We’re still waiting for the fallout.

I call bullshit.

Look through the sex tag for 5 minutes and you will find a ton of sites like mine listed. In fact, if you’re so concerned about adult content, why is there a sex tag in the first place? Why an erotica tag?

Kate and I are not the only ones writing adult material, but we seem to be the only ones being quashed.

Why? And why not explain your exact reasoning in public, in the thread set up specifically for that?

What specific violations of what specific rules brought you to your decision? Or was it just an arbitrary whim, as I and everyone else suspects?

Why was I not notified before being de-listed, or even after?

Why are none of the other adult blogs being de-listed?

Again, I call Bullshit.

JanieBelle.


Matt, the ever prompt WordPress support guy, sent his response. In full:

Hi,
We are not censoring the blogs.

We have taken a position that blogs which contain material which we determine is of a Mature nature will be removed from our tagging system.
This does not affect search engines.
Blogs marked Mature are open to every search engine.
They are not censored.

I have tried to explain to one of the blog owners.

We have around 700,000 users. Google has billions of searches a day. That is not censorship.

Our Terms of Service also cover our action.

Mark

What is censorship? Okay, maybe they didn’t obliterate them like they did to the two blogs Whore Church was trying to start. However, hiding them from the WordPress community’s main directory is definitely censorship.

As for their Terms of Service, that seemed like an afterthought. I’m sorry, I didn’t hear why?


Dear Matt,

I, the creator of Censor This, am a concerned member of the WordPress community. The censorship of UDreamOfJanie and Kissing Corporal Kate—of udoj.wordpress.com and kissingcorporalkate.wordpress.com, respectively—appears to me as a dreadful stance for a company dedicated to the exercise of Free Speech to take.

These blogs have violated none of your Terms of Service (http://wordpress.com/tos/). These blogs are contributors of original written content to our community.

Please, support the medium which supports you. Relist these blogs in the WordPress directory.

Sincerely,

Joseph McCarthy

Help get UDreamOfJanie and Kissing Corporal Kate relisted. Email Matt at support@wordpress.com.


WordPress has censored at least two blogs—UDreamOfJanie and Kissing Corporal Kate—containing writing of an adult nature. However, they contain no libelous content, no graphic nudity, no misleading tags or categories.

The WordPress Terms of Service offer little insight as to why.

You must not describe or assign keywords to your blog in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and Automattic may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause Automattic liability.

Well, the blogs aren’t named in a misleading or unlawful manner.

…the Content is not obscene or libelous, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party…

Is the content obscene? Last I checked, people wrote and sold erotic literature all the time. We’re not talking mothers vivisecting their newborn babies here.

The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors.

It seems that Automattic acknowledge that they are and will continue to host potentially offensive content. This is excerpted from an email Matt, a WordPress staff member, sent Janie.

I am sorry you feel this way but this is something that has been considered and used for some time. There is no McCarthyism here – we believe strongly in the freedom to publish but we do have to consider the wider community and their feedback over time about what they generally find acceptable.

After Janie replied, WordPress staff ceased communications.

Hi Mark,

I really appreciate your quick attention to this. I see where you’re coming from about trouble at work, but if that’s an issue for someone’s place of employment, why are they trolling the sex tag in the first place?

It’s not like someone would accidentally type in http://udoj.wordpress.com or http://kissingcorporalkate.wordpress.com and just happen to stumble into our blogs. Someone finding my blog through a science tag will find a science post. It’s not like I’m posting erotica and labeling it as science. People find sexual material by looking for sexual material.

So again, I fail to see the issue here. I also fail to see why every blog with a sex tag isn’t being blacklisted. What prompted the decision to mark our blogs specifically?

Thanks again for taking the time to address this with me.

JanieBelle

Automattic, if you claim to support freedom of speech and not use McCarthy-era tactics, why do you censor the freedom of speech in the community you have created?

The WordPress community are primarily law abiding citizens interested in exercising their freedom of speech via blogging. They are not criminals, they are not spammers, they are not pornographers. They are writers, speakers, professors, teenagers and mothers.

I would encourage you to educate yourself, readers of this post, on the subject of free speech and censorship. On the blogroll, you will find links to blogs that have been censored, Wikipedia entries on historical figures and practices, and concerned members of the blogosphere.

Automattic, you need to get your act together.