With greater power comes greater responsibility. Matt Cutts has failed the test. His April Fool blog hack joke was careless at best. The joke as David Naylor has pointed out at Threadwatch is in "bad taste" or a "linkbait." But whatever it is, it is at "WORDPRESS's Expense."
WordPress is not the only to pay for it. We received many queries regarding the vulnerability of WordPress. We knew there was nothing wrong with the system. In fact, it is quite good. But Matt Cutts kept everyone one the tenterhooks. Many not willing to take a chance, actually rolled back.
Many will say what's wrong with a little fun. But given that hacking is a criminal activity in the online world, think of a parallel in the real world, and you will know what's wrong with it. In fact,the outcome of the whole exercise seems to be hacking is no problems so long as it's for fun. And that is a negative idea to go around. Matt Cutts's almost jovial come back post seems to convey that he is still not aware of the negative effects of the "prank."
In one of the comments to his post, Ajit Gaddam Said,
Well Matt, thanks to your earlier posts where you blogged about upgrading to WP 2.1X from 2.0.X and then you got “hacked”, a lot of us including myself believed that there might be a 0day in WP. There was a lot of rolling back in my blog as well as a number of blogs I work with. Lots of issues and time , but we felt it was needed.
Remember Matt, with great power comes great responsibility. I don’t think you acted very responsibly. A very very good April 1st joke. You definitely had us fooled and really “fooled”