This could happen to you

What happened?

If you visited me yesterday this is what you would have found.

This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
For more information and to contact us please read this support document.

I was whisked away to realms unknown in a puff of smoke. Well, I presume that’s what happened. I waited all day for my scheduled posts to appear – and nothing happened. I was as surprised as you might have been to discover I’d ‘gone’. The message I received on my dashboard was most ‘unenlightening’, and it took three contact emails before I finally received a response.

A little while ago I received an email:

‘Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.’

So no indication of what was considered ‘dodgy’ etc, but I did receive the statutory apology too:

‘We greatly apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused.’

Thanks to those of you that expressed concern and offered support. I thought I had better explain today’s ‘capture the moment’, and warn you – it could happen to you…….

21 thoughts on “This could happen to you

  1. It DID happen to me a couple of years ago. I had imported an older blog to my current one. Somehow, the images in the old had not attached to their posts, so it looked like I had imported a huge bunch of unattached images. It was quickly fixed though … their support was much better back then.

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    1. It’s a shock, isn’t it. I just don’t know what caused this, it would help if they were a little more specific. I’m putting down to experience, definitely.

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      1. Yeah! For sure …
        Back then, their support was swift, a guy got in touch with me right away and explained what had happened. Now, they’ve cut back on that … instead they rely on the forums, so they let users helping other users …when possible.

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      2. In a case like this, I wouldn’t have gone to the forum. They can’t do anything. There, you have to wait and in the best of cases, a staff person comes by… can take ages, if you get any response at all..

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  2. OMG that’s scary! I’m glad you got this fixed. Where did you find an email address for the WP people? I needed to find it recently and all I could get to was their forums, which can be useless depending on what you need.

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    1. There was an ‘appeal’ form which resulted in an email, but I agree, it is hard to find one. I think there is something linked from the dasboard, I’ll see if I can find it later and let you know.

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      1. Go to settings – general – scroll to bottom, click ‘support’

        Once again down to the bottom – ‘contact support’

        Next page scroll down again, to ‘I didn’t find the right answer’

        I think that’s as far as you need to go – but you get the idea… It will get you there in the end.

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  3. Can’t begin to tell you how relieved I am that you’re back! Yours wasn’t the only site I follow that had been suspended/archived. I think a little autobot ran amok in the WordPress kingdom.

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  4. I had gotten that message about your blog and assumed it was a fact. I dislike these types of things immensely. The helpless feelings are astounding. It’s as if we do not own our own words here. I have been tempted to dsicontinue blogging because of incidents like this. I seems like the blog world has too many people who hack into blogs or e mails just for fun. Well, fun it is not. Glad to see you back and that your results turned out okay.

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    1. Thank you for commenting. Yes, it was a shock, because I too thought it was fact, but couldn’t see why. Then same happened to my photo blog. That’s back too, but I lost followers on both, and I can’t blame anyone for believing the announcement. Thanks for coming back.

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