16 Mar 2018

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WPTavern: Without Context, Some Lyrics Inside the Hello Dolly Plugin Are Degrading to Women

There have been many discussions over the years on whether or not Hello Dolly should be unbundled with WordPress. Seven years ago, it was argued that the lyrics are copyrighted and could potentially violate the GPL license.

The latest issue with Hello Dolly is that some lyrics that appear in users dashboards with the plugin activated can be degrading to women without context.

Find her an empty lap, fellas.

Wondering about my @WordPress dashboard. Apparently they're lyrics. πŸ™ƒ πŸ™„ pic.twitter.com/oxNU9czr5X

- Michelle Felt (@michellefelt) March 14, 2018

Two examples are:

Joe McGill has created a trac ticket proposing that those two lines be removed. "The Hello Dolly plugin has been bundled in WordPress for many years, being a simple example of how to build a plugin for WordPress while also adding a bit of whimsy to admin," he said.

"However, there are several passages of text from this song which are inappropriate to display without any context to people using WordPress-particularly as the WordPress project seeks to promote inclusivity for all."

The discussion within the ticket suggests creating a black list or replacing the lyrics with less offensive versions. In many of the Google search results for Hello Dolly lyrics by Jerry Herman, shows that the lyrics inside the plugin and those in the song are different.

The lyrics say, "Find me a vacant knee, fellas." In a video on YouTube of Hello Dolly featuring Sarah Gardner singing the lyrics, she clearly says "Find her an empty lap, fellas." In a YouTube video of Louis Armstrong singing Hello Dolly live, he says "Find her an empty lap, fellas."

Putting aside the debate of which version of the lyrics are used, displaying the text above without context can and is seen as degrading women. At a time when WordPress and its community are doing what it can to be more inclusive, changing or removing the lyrics seems like an easy win.

16 Mar 2018 8:45pm GMT

WPTavern: Watch WordCamp Miami 2018 Via Free Livestream

Tickets for the event may be sold out, but you can watch the event from anywhere thanks to a free livestream. The stream starts today and covers both the E-Commerce and developers workshops. The stream begins tomorrow at 8:30AM EDT with separate links to morning and afternoon sessions.

16 Mar 2018 4:18pm GMT

15 Mar 2018

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WPTavern: Let’s Encrypt Wildcard Certificates Are Now Available

In July of last year, Let's Encrypt announced that it would begin issuing Wildcard certificates for free in January of 2018. Although a little late, the organization has announced that Wildcard certificate support is now live.

In addition to these certificates, the organization has updated its ACME protocol to version 2.0. ACMEv2 is required for clients that want to use Wildcard certificates.

Wildcard certificates enable site administrators to secure all sub domains with a single certificate. This can be especially convenient for WordPress Multi-site networks.

Let's Encrypt is working on transitioning all clients and subscribers to ACMEv2, though it hasn't set a time table on when it will expire the ACMEv1 API.

In July of 2017, Let's Encrypt was securing 47 million domains. Today, the organization is securing nearly 70 million domains with 54 million certificates. In the United States, nearly 80% of sites loaded in Firefox are through HTTPS.

Let's Encrypt is an open certificate authority that's part of the non-profit Internet Security Research Group. It's mission is to make 100% of the web HTTPS. Operations are financed through sponsors and donations. If this is a mission you believe in, please consider donating to the project.

15 Mar 2018 5:23pm GMT