32 thoughts on “My account got suspended

  1. That’s terrible! I’m sorry to hear that happened to you. I hope you won’t stop blogging here; I really enjoy your articles. In fact, I was thinking of you yesterday because my mom’s cactus had what turned out to be “cochineal scales” (totally gross insects!) But I thought, “I wonder if Debra would know a non-toxic way to get rid of these…” Anyway, good luck with WP and count me among your supporters!

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    1. wow. Thanks for saying so. =) I have seen those bugs before. If there aren’t many you could probably hose them off or remove them with a spoon or something. Good luck! But — factoid warning — you can make a dye from them. The dye used to be one of the most valuable exports from Mexico back in the day. Here’s link to a do-it yourself project. Now you’ve inspired me to go for a walk to harvest some.

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  2. Wow, I’m incredulous that you got banned. I was wondering what happened when I tried to read your post yesterday and all I got was an error message. As a scholar, I am pretty fanatical about sourcing my info as well, and I am angry that WP would punish you for doing the ethical thing in including your sources. I’m so sorry this happened to you.

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    1. Thanks. I still don’t understand their reasoning but as someone else said it is their site so they can make the rules — haha — even if they seem random and arbitrary.

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    1. I don’t get it either. The part that really puzzles is they wanted me to remove the link but including the actual content was somehow ok. shrug

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I have really enjoyed WordPress. They have some great features. Are those features worth the trade off? I’m not sure. I won’t stop blogging whether I stay or go. Thinking about leaving has helped me clarify what I would like to change about my blog, too.

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  3. I’m totally confused. As I’m sure you are. It has the feeling of a drive-by shooting. Terrifying and random.

    So, WP asked you to take down the link. Did they explain why? If it were me, I’d want to know exactly what line was crossed so I didn’t do it again. I mean, don’t penalize me for doing something “wrong” without teaching me how to do it “right.”

    As far as I can tell by what you’ve written here, your linking to the demographic site seems not only acceptable and legit, but mandatory.

    I repeat, I’m confused.

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    1. They did not explain why. I asked and am waiting for a reply. And it is distressing to not know what the error was. It was also embarrassing! Banned for being a spammer!

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  4. I got auto suspended a while back and WP investigated and said it was a mistake. I was so pissed I was just gonna stop blogging here, but I wanted to know why it happened. No big deal I guess, it was at the time but I’m over it. I have a Beatles news blog at BlogSpot, I like their set up over there.

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    1. I was mostly surprised because there are just so many commercial sites and real spammers here. I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. I still don’t understand why I can’t link to a site that I found using a search engine. But whatever. It gave me time to think about changes I would like to make with this blog anyway.

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        1. Tons of spammers and a good chunk of users at WordPress unapologetically use their sites to sell things, promote themselves or link to commercial sites. The eye of big pharma sees more than Sauron himself.

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  5. I think Timothy is probably correct. Someone reported it perhaps the people that you linked to. You can always re-blog and just put name of source with out the live link. I don’t think WP even investigates…which means anyone can take you down : (

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    1. WordPress did investigate. I received an email from them asking me to remove the link which I did. The experience has left me a little in awe. I mean there are eleventy billion WordPress sites that really are spam and many many promoting products but those carry on. It is a good thing I’m not Alex Jones or I’d be feeling terribly paranoid right now. hahaha

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  6. Beautiful photo! I can understand WP’s point of view it the URL goes to a commercial website, not simply an article or another blog post. I would suspect someone reported the link as spam, more than WP staff just noticing. If you were citing an article, especially if it were a scientific or a scholarly article then WP is out of line. But WP offers their basic blog services for free so they can call the shots as they see them.

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    1. It is their site and they can do what they want I guess. I didn’t get reported. As soon as I pressed publish their automatic system suspended me.

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          1. Since your link was about pet medications, the issue can probably be traced back to the war on drugs. I’m sure WP has been given a list of key words, URL’s, etc. to be on the look out for.

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            1. It was to a site that sells info about consumer demographics. Companies want to know more about us than we can know about ourselves. All that info they scoop up about us is proprietary I guess.

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