The Final Judgement

A Judgement 2“As the future is never known with certainty, the evaluation of prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations.” ~  Dale T Mortensen 

The Midweek Word Prompt over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is Evaluate.

Evaluate – Assess, Appraise, Make a judgement, Formulate an idea, Estimate the value, Determine the significance, Consider the importance.

GC spoke about how often we are asked to evaluate those who serve us, and where many times we are asked to visit a Website and evaluate an individual’s performance, with some blatantly asking for the top rating – 10 being high!

Mostly, I’ve been satisfied with the services I’ve received, but I would be very unlikely to evaluate a service unless I had been treated badly.

In my working life, I received an appraisal each year; I expected to be observed, monitored and assessed by my employers but I did not expect the end-users of my services ie the students or parents to evaluate my performance.

A Damning Evaluation – During the past week or so, GC has been observing and monitoring someone’s blog, a person who had been joining in with our prompts on Weekly Prompts.

LIKE had not been activated on the site, and before commenting, we were asked to log in. I left a friendly comment on this person’s site, as did GC, afterwards, I noticed our usernames were absent from the comments, and our full names had been published. It seems our names had been lifted from our e-mail addresses.

Judge 2Initially, we gave the person the benefit of the doubt and politely asked how this had happened and requested that our usernames be used instead of our names. Unfortunately, our names remained on the page, and the person did not reply. A few days later, GC visited the site once again and made a complaint on our behalf; he also judged that this site was possibly not as innocent as it appeared.

The next time we visited the site, our actual names had been replaced by our usernames. Neither of us received an apology.

Shortly afterwards, our comments were removed, and the page announced ‘Comments are Closed; we contacted WordPress and made our concerns known, this is the reply.

Sorry to hear this site published your full name. I’ve taken a look at that site, but it’s not hosted here at, so unfortunately we have no control over the site, and have no access to the servers the site are hosted at.

I don’t see a contact page on the site, but according to this link:   …it appears to be hosted by NameCheap.

If it is an issue, and you think the site is malicious, you could try contacting NameCheap to investigate further.

I hope that helps. In the meantime, if there’s anything else we can help you with please let us know.

Unsurprisingly, the e-mail address that was provided does not exist.

We feel there has been an invasion of our privacy, and from someone who has gone to great lengths to protect their own which begs the question why?

unprotected e-mail

We were faced with something of a dilemma, is this person a victim of their ignorance, is someone else running the show and is this site a cover for something more sinister? 

It wasn’t an easy decision to publish this person’s site address, but we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that this site is not what it seems.

A couple of years ago GC changed to a WordPress e-mail address I did not do the same, however, I have now changed the e-mail address that I use for WordPress.

Many people choose to use their real names on their sites, and a small number of my friends are aware of my full name, but surely it’s my choice with whom I share my personal details?

In the future, if we are asked to log in to someone’s site we will decline, and walk away.

(C) 2019 Word Prompt Evaluate from Weekly Prompts

26 thoughts on “The Final Judgement

  1. Hello Sue, I’m trying to evaluate all that you written about this blatant invasion of privacy….. I know It’s always a concern here on WP, … Hackers and the likes seem to be able to get into our sites, if they are persistent and devious people….. It’s an annoying part of this blogging world…..
    I’m doing an article now Sue, I won’t be posting for about 6 hours…… Cheers….xx

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    1. Keeping their private life private and identity private isn’t such a big concern, lots of bloggers do that, but the false e-mail address is something of a giveaway. Plus the about page is pages long of what amounts to small print. The person claims to be a Dr of Psychology, but the site is very unprofessional and quite childish in places.

      In the cold light of day I keep asking myself, what if we’re wrong, what if s/he is simply an innocent blogger.

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  2. Sound evaluation. I once had a deputy who objected to the number of A grades I had given in her evaluation because, she said A should be impossible. I replied that I was sorry for those she assessed

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    1. Once in a staff meeting I asked what we had to do to receive top marks. The headteacher replied that none of us would receive top marks because that would leave us with nothing to improve upon.

      It’s a good job Ofsted didn’t think that way, we received outstanding at our last inspection! Thank you Derrick

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  3. Murphy's Law

    That’s a scary situation to me….knowing the good guys from the bad guys. Used to be the good guys wore white cowboy hats!!

    I think you did the right, and safe, thing. If this were a legitimate sight, they would have apologized profusely. They didn’t. A false email address and lots of rambling small print adds up to something very underhanded I think.

    Good decision on your part Sue.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  4. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2019 and commented:
    This blog article is a cautionary tale to all those folks who visit a blog, want to provide a comment but are unable to be instead are asked to provide their name, email address and web site address. Many times I think “fellow” bloggers are scammers who are fishing for names and email address to farm out to other like minded individuals for profit. Beware. Take care. Don’t go there.

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  5. Recently WordPress was ‘invaded’. Lots of us (including my blog) had their content lifted (in entirety) by someone with dubious motives (in my opinion). Luckily an astute blogger caught it and it was subsequently discovered that dozens of blogs had been similarly ‘hacked’. A vigorous campaign (by that astute blogger) was launched, the suspicious site was closed, and their hosting company is still dealing with the ramifications. Just yesterday I was asked to log in ‘again’ after commenting on a blog that I’ve known for years and whose owner/blogger I trust. But I’m wondering WHY. That sort of thing used to happen routinely, but this is the first time in six months now. WordPress has problems. Mostly they are annoying, but your comments give me some doubt as to the purpose of asking bloggers to log in a second or third time.

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    1. I know the site that you’re referring to. Their lame excuse was that they were meant to be using excerpts but inadvertently used whole articles. I saw their announcement that they were shutting down.

      If we’re already logged into WordPress we shouldn’t need to log in again. Though we have come across bloggers who hadn’t a clue how to activate Like and did not know how to allow Comments without asking us to log in. They were genuine and we helped them to set up correctly.
      Initially, we thought this blogger was simply one of those genuine ones, then the doubts set in!
      Thank you for your input Melanie, it’s appreciated. 🙂


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