|Sic Semper Tyrannus
||[Oct. 6th, 2006|06:07 pm]
lj_abuse didn't work out
EDIT: I don't know the details, but insomnia has been unsuspended as of 7:43 p.m., CDT. -- D.
Mark's account insomnia has just been suspended without notice as a result of his efforts to determine who was behind some of the phony "sock puppet" accounts that have been used to post content to their sponsored communities. Some of the information he discovered led him to do a public whois search on a URL, which turned out to be maintained by someone he suspected may be a SixApart employee. He shared the results of his research in a community opposed to advertising, and was suspended soon afterwards. Someone from SixApart monitored the community.
At this point, Mark isn't sure whether or when he will have his account restored to him. He has indicated to me that he would like me to temporarily maintain his sfbayarea and burning_man communities, and encourages the people there to be nice to each other in his absence.
He hopes that his friends will spread the word to let his other friends know what's happened, and expects that SixApart will let him back on the site eventually. I hope his years of independent reporting on the personal stories and experiences of LiveJournal's users aren't permanently deleted because of this. He's tried to be there for a lot of people when they've needed help, and hopes that they'll try to return the favor and let their friends and his other friends know what happened.
I'm concerned that just by posting this I could endanger my account too, so just in case anything happens I have a myspace account as violane. So if I am gone or suspended for whatever reason, you can contact me there.
Doesn't that just take the biscuits?
I (davidkevin) don't use MySpace, so if my account also suddenly disappears for posting this (and if it does you can be certain it's for this as I've committed no TOS violations), my LJ-associated e-mail address is davidkevin63178 (at) yahoo.com. Y'all come back, now, y'heah? (In other words, all of you please write to me if I get yanked, so we can stay in touch.)