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Sic Semper Tyrannus [Oct. 6th, 2006|06:07 pm]
lj_abuse didn't work out


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EDIT: I don't know the details, but insomnia has been unsuspended as of 7:43 p.m., CDT. -- D.

iceblink reports:

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.)

[User Picture]From: rly
2006-10-06 11:25 pm (UTC)
So I'm just going to assume based on the information here that insomnia posted somebody's personally identifying information and that that's against the rules so it's a justifiable suspension like pretty much every other one posted about in this community.
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[User Picture]From: davidkevin
2006-10-06 11:53 pm (UTC)

Not having seen the post for which insomnia was suspended, I don't know whether he did or not.

"Whois" information is public, not private, information, available to anyone on the web; on the other hand, the Abusive Team once reportedly threatened suspension of a user who posted information taken from a government website list of sex offenders that a another user was a convicted pedophile (the information was posted because the other user in question allegedly was about to have his thirteen-year-old "boyfriend" move in with him) so I guess they don't care if the information is public elsewhere or not.

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[User Picture]From: rly
2006-10-06 11:56 pm (UTC)
It doesn't matter if WHOIS information is public. You're not allowed posting anyone's IRL name or address or phone number or anything on LJ.

You can even get suspended for posting someone's screenname even if it's on their user info.
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[User Picture]From: datavortex
2006-10-07 12:27 am (UTC)
That's fucking stupid.
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[User Picture]From: rly
2006-10-07 01:48 am (UTC)
I got suspended for posting the old LJ office number even though the post had been deleted before anybody in a position to judge it's TOS compliance got to see it.
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[User Picture]From: schmuckythecat
2006-10-07 02:04 am (UTC)
I was temporarily suspended (until I removed the post) for having a post about a person, but the name only RHYMED with their real name.

Yes, it's fucking stupid.
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[User Picture]From: davidkevin
2006-10-07 06:28 am (UTC)

It's my direct personal experience that if the person posting your personal information has an "in" (or if you're on the "outs") with the Abusive Team, it will be allowed. Favorites are played as if everyone is still in junior high.

Put simply and without exaggeration, the "Abuse Team" is corrupt.
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[User Picture]From: rly
2006-10-07 06:39 am (UTC)
You say this like it's something new and surprising.
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[User Picture]From: davidkevin
2006-10-07 07:59 am (UTC)

[ shrugs ]

It is to some people, if not to thee and me.

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