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    I am so pissed right now about the actions of Yahoo! It's a good job I don't work there anymore so I can't be fired for what I would say.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that spent more on marketing an "innovation" scheme in Europe than it did on developing any of the ideas generated.

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    Yahoo is a company that believes cutting people that live and breathe the Internet is how you get better at building websites.

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    Yahoo is a company that believes Americans with no experience of building websites in and for Europe are better at it than Europeans.

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    Yahoo is a company that believes in taking six years to write from scratch software inferior to what it already uses. And calls it progress.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that believes copying what is already overwhelmingly popular is how to get first place. "Fast" following.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo has more than ten thousand people with opinions on what is good and right, and ignores them all in favour of listening to Wall Street.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that believes that a developer building a site worth $5mil should get less that the Sales person who fills it with ads.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that believes SEO comes first and content comes about seventh. Well, in Europe anyway. I hear the US has content.

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    Yahoo is a company that thinks shielding management from alternative ideas is a route to success.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that hands out plastic awards for innovating, then buries it and stops the originator from doing anything with it.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that treats profitable sites as a burden, just because they are not as profitable as the homepage.

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    Yahoo is a company that would rather waste time building another internal portal "blog" than make search work on the internal wiki.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that shuts down projects like Brickhouse so it can focus on innovation. Where innovation means making another homepage.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that thinks globally and acts locally. I say locally, I mean Sunnyvale-y.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Google holds developer conferences in places like the Moscone centre. Yahoo makes people go to an office next to a sewage treatment plant.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that makes awesome software, open sources it and then forbids you from using it internally. Because "no-one uses it".

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo Europe believed it was better to wait four years for one new website from the US than to build fifteen in 18 months. Still waiting.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo was a great place to work. In my first two years I shipped about twelve things. In my next two years I shipped one. Then I quit.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo had the most incredible team of developers in London I have ever known. And has pissed almost all of that talent away.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Being a developer for Yahoo was the best job I ever had. Being a developer for Yahoo was the worst job I ever had.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo has so much potential for greatness wrapped up in it's greatest asset--the employees. And is stripping that away in search of profit.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where a JPEG in a presentation deck implements "new features" so well that you don't have to actually bother building it.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that prioritised the Facilities team's concerns about wall cleanliness over the needs of the people who made websites.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where you get called into a meeting to explain why you are not at your desk working.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where adding a video player (with no actual video to play) to a page is more important than adding content to the page.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo Europe is a company that won't hold another Barcamp because it involves letting strangers into the building.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where covering Cannes and the Oscars is a "roadmap" for a Movies website. But the meeting to decide that takes all day.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where knowledge is powerless.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo was a company where making a fourth bookmarking service was a good idea. Yahoo is now a company where even one seems like too many.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where the idea of maintaing a product was so onerous that it was better to cancel it. But had to finish it first.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where accessibility bugs on a product were closed WONTFIX because that's not what they used bugzilla for.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where an employee was later bullied by senior management for asking a question in an All Hands. During the Q&A section.

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    Yahoo is a company where vending machine coffee being upgraded to vending machine coffee was a reason to remove an actual espresso machine.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that promises a retention bonus in two years. And then makes you redundant after one.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company where the design guidelines are introduced to you with "gleaming purple pride". And no sense of irony.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a big company. The thing about big companies is that you don't work for the company, but really only a tiny fiefdom within it.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that refused to supply a replacement laptop to a developer after one was stolen. After all, code just writes itself.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company that thinks having pictures up is bad for the decor. Unless they are branded, motivational posters.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company capable of awesome. There are just too many layers of interference between the web makers and the decision makers.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is a company I feel privileged to have worked for. I doubt that it feels the same about me. Or even knows who I am any more.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is the company I most think of as "home". Which is why I hate to see it going so very, very wrong.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    But most of all, Yahoo used to be the company where the talent went to. Now it's where they get pushed away from. And that makes me sad.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is the company I left two years and two days ago (15/12/2008). I still miss it terribly. It still makes me angry when they fuck up.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo is the company that could 'n should be the biggest force for good and transformation on the Internet. Instead they target soccer moms.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo closing Geocities was the first symptom of illness. Yahoo closing delicious means it is time for radical therapy before the body dies.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo should be ashamed of itself. Instead the press releases will talk of this as a positive and strengthening move.

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    Mark Norman Francis

    Yahoo ... will never hire me back after this evening. :)

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    Mark Norman Francis

    In the words of Austin Powers: "... and I'm spent."

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    Mark Norman Francis