BC Update: To BC, or Not To BC?

In my last post I gave a big shout out to Lon from the Assistive Technology Blog Carnival for taking the position to stop using Blog Carnival’s service to manage the AT Carnival.

I asked for those who participate in the Disabilities Blog Carnival to take a public stand on the CAPTCHA issue.
In the comments of that post Penny informed me:

Um, we are already taking a public stand:
<http://disstud.blogspot.com/2008/05/disability-blog-carnival-38-is-up-now.html>

That’s great!

Rather than replying in the comments section, I thought her comment and my reply deserved its own post.

She goes on to say:

In every single Disability Blog Carnival edition announcement so far at DS,TU (since October 2006, twice monthly, so we’ve been at this for a while), we’ve indicated that the CAPTCHA at the blogcarnival.com site is inaccessible, and that submissions are accepted through other means as well (which we list). We’ve written to blogcarnival.com about this, more than once (as you know, they don’t necessarily respond). We’ll keep using their site, mostly for the publicity it provides, until we find a better alternative–but it’s definitely only one of the ways we collect submissions (and not the main way, these days).

I understand the desire for publicity in order to get the information an opinions out to those who may not necessarily search for such blogs. I know this is a personal choice and I truly respect everyone’s individual opinion, but BC works on traffic. Continuing to use BC supports the organization. As long as such an organization is receiving such support, why will they need to change.

I remember when companies were being urged to divest from South Africa as a means of showing their support for the anti apartheid movement. (For the record, I am not relating BC CAPTCHA to Apartheid.) Individuals were urged to show their support by not purchasing the products of companies doing business in South Africa. It wasn’t until a large number of people who enjoyed these products and were reluctant to stop purchasing, finally took a stand and companies chose to respond. These companies realized that the community was in support of the anti apartheid movement and would only support those who divested from South Africa.

I understand the position that the Disabilities Blog Carnival is in and I don’t envy the person who has to make that final decision. Please remember, it’s Blog Carnival who brought this on by refusing to respond and allow a segment of the disability community access, for what appears to be almost two years.

Two years, I guess it just ain’t happenin’!