Monday, June 19, 2006

My MySpace Vacation

Authors note: The name of the offending party has NOT been changed to protect the "guilty".

So it looks like once again the system has failed. One person is able to tell enough lies or make enough noise to get my profile deleted. I shouldn't be surprised should I? After all, this is the United States of America. Where we protect everyone's rights, even if it means someone else's rights are trampled on.

And truthfully they weren't really anything important, just my right to free speech.

Why did this happen you ask? I wish the answer was simple, so if you don't mind settling in for a little while I will explain.

The first thing you should know is that this was initiated by a woman named Cindy. I made the mistake of dating Cindy for a few months. Mistake is probably minimizing it by just a little. I should probably say that I would swim through a river of shit with my mouth open before I would repeat any of my time with Cindy.

Fortunately for me my time was short. It all started innocently enough around the middle of March. Around the end of April my life started to spiral downward a little bit. There were/are still some things that made it very difficult for me to date someone like Cindy. So around May 23 things were officially ended.

And I should mention I thought amicably.

What I didn't know was that Cindy was about to begin a campaign that would end with my profile being deleted. If you have been following my blogs you will have already read what happened. If not below are links to both of them. They tell the whole story.

MySpace Drama!
My MySpace Drama - Part II

It happened in the middle of the day on June 14. I found out when I couldn't login to my account at MySpace. Then I checked my regular email. I saw a notice from MySpace. It just said that I had violated their terms of service.

Ok, I'll bite. Which one? The MySpace terms of service is longer than the constitution of the United States. That means we are running a government with less rules than MySpace has.

Here is some what MySpace considers to be "prohibited" content.....

Note: My comments are in bold

patently offensive and promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual

This is a good one. So much for my "I hate Cindy" page. Damn it.

contains nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter

I bet 25% of MySpace contains nudity and most of those people are violating those of us that see them naked. "Offensive subject matter"? To whom? Some 22 year old kid looking at a computer screen?

involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, "spimming," or "spamming"

OK, doesn't MySpace have their own Instant Messaging system? If chain letters were really prohibited what about all those bulletins I get telling me if I don't send this in 5 minutes I will [die, never fall in love, never have sex, etc]? I am reporting all you people!

involves commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes

Well, at least Publishers Clearing House can't have a page on MySpace!

includes a photograph of another person that you have posted without that person's consent

And I had just positioned the horns just right on Cindy's picture. Damn it again!

My point is that they can kick you off at any time for any reason. My biggest complaint is that there is no system to arbitrate. I could have lived with my profile being frozen until both sides of the story were told.

But they didn't even contact me, instead they just deleted my profile.

I have since found out that it was because of my blog entries MySpace Drama! and MySpace Drama! - Part II. Apparently Cindy was able to convince someone down at MySpace that my blog was "cyber-bullying" her. That is a term used for people that are aggressively contacting someone or threatening them. My blog did neither of these things.

Now I'm going to admit that originally in the MySpace Drama blog I had included a link to send her MySpace email. But I did remove that after a couple of days. I figured she had suffered enough. After that there were no references to who she was or where she was located. Just her name, Cindy and here's something you didn't know. It's not pronounced the way it is spelled. The proper pronunciation is P-S-Y-C-H-O. It's just spelled "Cindy".

Now just how many of those are on MySpace?

But I digress, back to my whining which is already in progress.....

So with all those people sending her hate mail I know she was pissed, she told me so.

Gee that's a real shame. She was actually the one doing the cyber-bullying. She was tracking my comments and sending people that commented on my page emails begging them to delete me. I suppose she expected me to just sit back and be attacked.

All I did was defended myself against her actions by posting blogs that described what she was doing. Not once until this blog have I said anything derogatory about her personally. And I don't even know if P-S-Y-C-H-O is derogatory, actually it's more of a diagnosis.

What happens now? Well I'm taking that up with the good folks at MySpace. We'll see how her behavior can stand the light of day.

And all my material still exists. Even the stuff that got me in trouble with MySpace. I'm calling them "The Lost Blogs" and they will remain on my Internet web site. Far beyond the reach of MySpace censorship. There is a link to them at the bottom of this blog.

The other nice thing about this is that Cindy is really pissed I am back on MySpace. And the more successful I am, the angrier she will become.

What a shame.....

So have a great time on MySpace, I know I will.

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