Paladin feels like he’s been let out of jail after the lifting of the suspension.
I’m planning to do a 24-hour blogging bmarathon today to partly catch up now that the suspension has been lifted, if my energy holds out.
Thus, early on, let me share with the blogging community why this blog was suspended and what happens when you are suspended. I’ll provide some useful links throughout.
First, according to WordPress a blog cannot be suspended for offensive content. So, if someone is offended by your opinions about anything, that’s tough for them.
You can be suspended and even taken down for posting pornography. That seems reasonable to me since tumblr provides pornographers with blogs.
You can also be suspended for using your site to make money via the advertising of products and services. illegal music downloads are also a problem. You can be suspended permanently according to what I’ve seen.
This blog was suspended Tuesday evening sometime between 7 pm and 9 pm, while I was out. When I got back home, I went to do another post and I found a large page I had never seen before covering the dashboard. There was a message that read:
“Warning: We have a concern about some of the content on your blog. Please click here to contact us as soon as possible to resolve the issue and re-enable posting.”
No further information was given.
i clicked and filled in a box that came up on a new page, stating I wasn’t sure what the warning was about and that I had not deliberately posted anything that would lead to being blocked. By the way, that new page is a little confusing because it states something to the effect that an error has been made.
I then did some research and found that other bloggers in the past had posted to forums discussing their suspensions. Here’s an example.
After not hearing anything from WordPress for a few hours I found a page online with a form in it to contact support. To be on the safe side, I filled out that form too, although that was probably unnecessary. The form is found here on the suspended blogs page.
Then I waited. I repeatedlychecked my email (including my spam folder since WordPress warns that their emails can sometimes end up there) to see if there was a notification from WordPress support regarding what I was supposed to do.
On Thursday afternoon about 2 pm I received an email from a WordPress support person.
After the receipt of a valid report regarding the publication of private/personal information forbidden by our Terms of Service, posting access to your WordPress.com site has been disabled. The specific content in question is located at the following posts/pages:
If you would like to delete the information in question from the above posts or pages, the site may be returned to normal. If you feel otherwise, you are free to export your content and move it to a more appropriate WordPress host (please note, however, that other hosts do have similar policies):
Please let us know if you would like to remove the content in question.
My response to that email:
Thanks for getting back to me. I’d be happy to remove the address from the post, as I was not aware that an address, which is public information available on tax assessor websites would be considered personal. I can do that as soon as I can access my site. I’m free all afternoon.
Since I don’t want to be suspended again, can you look at it after I’m done and make sure that it meets the standard and then get back to me to let me know that it’s OK.
The waiting game began again. I checked my email again regularly (including the spam folder).
Today, Monday, September 1, there was another email from WordPress in my inbox posted about 6:50 am. It reads:
I have restored your site so you can remove the private information.
Thanks for restoring my access. I’ve removed the information in the post that was deemed private and replaced it with the following notice:
This content removed due to being found in violation of WordPress Terms of Service agreement.
I think that’s all that needs to be done. If you have any other concerns, just send me another email and I’ll get on it ASAP. Otherwise, I think we’re done so I’m going back to posting new material this morning.
Thanks again for responding. I assumed everyone would be out for Labor Day so the restoration of access came as a pleasant surprise.
You can read the WordPress Terms of Service here. The relevant provision in my case states:
the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
As a saboteur and not a warrior, I believe in picking your fights carefully. In this case, I don’t believe that a public figure’s home address is private since anyone can have it from the tax assessor’s website. Nonetheless, I took down the address and some other information that was posted in comments.
A legal battle to see if a public figure’s home address is private or personal would be a waste of my time and money. As it is, Ed’s home address, which was already being posted across the Internet before I did my piece, is still out there for anyone to see.
I should add that without prompting from WordPress, I did not post a few comments that seemed to me to advocate violence or threats. I also edited a few more. Most of the comments on that post were from conservatives who are disgusted with the media (CNN especially) and wanted to turn up the heat on CNN and Ed for a bit.
I hope this post is useful to bloggers and readers alike. WordPress doesn’t want to get sued and neither do the rest of us. So, let’s play by the rules while achieving our objectives a little more stealthily.