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My untimely disappearance - Journal of Omnifarious

Feb. 25th, 2009

09:09 am - My untimely disappearance

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My LJ was suspended by the LJ abuse team when they mass suspended a whole bunch of journals because they were infested with russian spammer accounts.

How my journal, one with hundreds of entries that's over 6 years old and is a permanent account got caught in this roundup is beyond me. But it apparently did. Maybe it's because I reported several of these russian spammers who left spam comments in my journal.

Anyway, I'm back now, and more motivated than ever to replace this thing. It's run by an organization I do not trust. The organization has made frequent awful mistakes both in the overall running of the site, and in the handling of individual users.

Many thanks to catherinew for emailing me when she noticed something amiss. And thanks to any of you who contacted LJ in some way regarding my suspended journal. I'm sure that all the attention helped.

To all of you, it is highly, highly unlikely that I would ever delete my journal without giving a lot of warning first. If my journal ever looks like it's been deleted, that means something is very seriously wrong somewhere. The most unfortunate thing is that when your journal is suspended, there is no vehicle for telling anybody exactly what happened. :-(

Here is the exact text of the response:

Thank you for contacting us, and I sincerely apologize for this situation. Upon reviewing this situation, it appears your account was mistakenly suspended during a recent round of mass suspensions that were performed. I have unsuspended your account at this time and you should have full use of it. Again, my apologies that your account was mistakenly suspended.

Note: I just noticed... nice use of passive voice in "that were performed". Perhaps "we performed" was taking just a bit more responsibility than the support person was comfortable with. *sigh* I'm actually not that bitter about the support person who is likely just a poor harried human just like me doing their job as best they can, but still.

Current Location: 2237 NW 62nd ST, 98107
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From:catherinew
Date:February 25th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you're back -- for now, anyway! Keep us posted if you start blogging somewhere else.
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From:gamerchick
Date:February 25th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I was wondering where you had gone...That's very bizarre that LJ would do that. I've reported dozens of Russian spammers who have friended me, and I'm still here...but I hope that's not the cause of your random suspension.
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From:eonen
Date:February 25th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I did wonder...
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From:foxfirefey
Date:February 25th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Oh gawd, so glad. I hadn't gotten to any of my contacts yes--family keeps blowing up and totally wiping things I need to do from my mind--and it takes a decent amount of brainpower to figure out how to best word such a request. ::sadface:: But I am really glad it got fixed.

Soooo excited for Dreamwidth.
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From:vastatuuli
Date:February 25th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
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I knew it could only be a mistake when I saw "This user's account is suspended." Glad someone else emailed you - I had no idea how to find your address, your profile was gone! Not sure if I would return to LJ after such a mistake myself... I'm probably too addicted, but I'd definitely have to reconsider. Anyway, good thing your situation got solved now.
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 26th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)

Coming back to LJ

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Well, I do intend to leave someday. I'm working on something of my own that will be a satisfactory replacement of LJ for me, and that's why I encourage people to also friend omnifarious' OpenID account [omnifarious.org]. That's the LJ version of my OpenID login.

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From:catarzyna
Date:February 25th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Welcome back! I was wondering where you went.
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From:maatnofret
Date:February 25th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
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From:mabelmundane
Date:March 2nd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
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I was wondering what had happened to you, but glad to see you back! I get friended by a lot of those russian spam journals too, but I don't friend back or comment in them.
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