Innomen’s banned from stumbleupon 🙂
Here is a copy of the email between me and Barry Conway, some yuppy stumble minion.
We write to advise you that your StumbleUpon account – Innomen – has been suspended for a further breach of our Terms of Service.
Your account has previously been involved in a number of incidents which breached of Terms of Service, and has been the subject of a high volume of complaints from other members of StumbleUpon. On the last such occasion, we advised you – in writing – as follows:
As we advised in our previous mail, Brandon: Since your account has
now been repeatedly involved in matters of dispute in which
we have been required to intervene, you are formally advised that any
further breach of our Terms will result in the permanent suspension of
Since you have continued to write objectionable content on your Innomen account, culminating in a recent review on the StumbleUpon blog pages, we have now permanently suspended your account – Innomen.
Please be reminded that our Terms of Service allow for only one account per member, and that you should not create further accounts on our service. Should you do so, they too will be suspended.
This suspension will not be lifted, and – because you have been formally warned on previous occasions – is not subject to appeal. No further correspondence will be entered into on this matter.
A record of your account suspension will be kept on file, along with those relating to the previous incidents.
To which I replied…
Oh please. Are you actually so far gone that you believe any of that? No one contacted you. No one complained. I was a valuable member of the su community getting around one fan or more per day. I had 720 followers at the time of my ban. I had regular fruitful correspondence with many members and not one negative private message in over a year.
The only thing I’ve done to get myself banned is fail to kiss developer ass that’s why I’m being banned at 4 in the freaking morning. You’re having a tantrum. You people spammed me your stupid tea party and I wrote my opinion. And it hit a little too close to home.
You don’t want people reading it and so you banned me, plain and simple. You realize how legitimate you’ve made my work right? One is define by the strength of their enemies and I was just unjustly censored by what, the second largest social media site on the Internet?
And for what? Complaints you don’t intend to produce? Heh, I couldn’t have scripted a better exit.
Your rubber stamp TOS gives you the rights to do whatever you want with your ball, yet you feel the need to pretend some kind of due process where no is required or exists.
You may of course take it home with all the maturity of a wounded grade schooler. I’m content with the obvious moral high ground and now the total freedom to publicize this event. Though of course I’m well aware no one will care and those that do, you will ban. Still, it is a thrilling vindication.
I wouldn’t write back if I were you. It will only make you look worse. And your responses absolutely will be published, consider your reply consent to my terms of service 🙂
And thus ends my time as a stumbler. I am a little angry I suppose but really I’m more flattered than anything else. Honestly this is completely unjustified. I’ve been shut out of places before but never so unilaterally. I wonder how long it will take my fans to realize I’m gone, I know from experience that when a person is banned you can go right on sending them stumbles and it won’t notify you that they aren’t going anywhere.
I wonder if the stumbler I had in the cue to be sent will still be sent. Eh, no big deal. The community will live without me. My stumble upon died before they bent over to eBay’s dollar.
Time to fire up my reddit account or something lol.
It’s been a helluva ride.
As if their piece of shit service weren’t bloating and fucked up and broken enough, now they insist on putting my sticky post even at the top of direct comment links. So I can’t share comments without forcing my reader to scroll down through something they obviously have already read, so I’m replacing it with a link to here that was they don’t have to scroll down so far.
Update: To whom it may concern, I can be found here.
Where to begin?
Ruled by silly little brats with porn and poetry.
Unconstitutional EULA restrictions.
Inability to introduce a page unless you claim to like it, despite how much people enjoy complaining.
Inability to respond to reviews.
Removal of classic layout.
Inability to archive or backup your blog.
Absurdly small character limits, and dimension limits for images.
Tactical patenting lock down of a profoundly important type of information system.
Update: I was recently told that there are many like me here and that I need to continue writing reviews because they serve a purpose.
I want to explain something because they served a personal purpose as well.
I truly felt free to say whatever was on my mind here. I no longer feel that way.
I feel like a fool for having dedicated so many hours in creating content and introducing so many people.
Literally my entire circle of friends in real life I brought to stumble.
People I don’t even know anymore in real life still regularly use stumble because of me, people I’ve only met once I’ve hooked before they went their way.
And now I regret each and every one.
The ability to randomly serve up the Internet according to human filters is profoundly important, and I helped a company that would see that ability packaged and sold.
These people would charge per line read if they had had the chance to patent reading.
This event reminded me that free speech does not exist, there are merely levels of restriction.
In short my heart just isn’t in it anymore.
If I were to create content for these people again it would be a shallow imitation of what I would actually like to say, because what I really want to say I have been Specifically Forbidden to say.
I might ‘offend’ someone.
In addition, this event was a solid vindication, a complete ‘I told you so’, a total cynical non-shock that confirms every assertion I’ve ever made about the social circles here.
I have said who rules here, I have said how, I have pointed out the total lack of ethics, and the motivation for their abandonment.
I have called out bigots and liars, ageists and hypocrites. But when I dared to demand transparency and integrity, then we see the true nature of things here.
When I asked pointed specific questions, and when I attempted to defend myself I got silence and threats.
It became clear that all my freedom was merely the result of not yet encountering what the mafia charmingly refers to as a rat, and what is known as a tattletale on playgrounds all over the country.
When it became clear that these people feel that they OWN my thoughts and opinions, when it came down to a hostage situation, change what you say or we’ll silence you completely, I lost all respect.
In a country where protection of the law is a direct function of how much you can afford to pay a lawyer, I can no longer afford to be an idealist.
I cannot risk the deletion of what I have already said. We exist at the mercy of a hydraulic despot, with water in this case being the only realistic way for a non media company to talk to potentially thousands of people who weren’t actively seeking their words.
Too often we trivialize, not realizing that information is the most important commodity on the planet, and people like this control the flow of it.
It may be just a blog to you, and if you saturate it with lyrics and porn, that’s all it will ever be, but to me it was the ears of the future, and to protect what I have already said, I shall say no more.
What I’m doing now: http://underlore.com/TBA/?p=1460