Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | May 25, 2010

Yahoo!’s ‘999’-error is really censorship!

(After finding that I was mysteriously *blocked* by Yahoo! from posting on their news message boards, I responded with this e-mail to their Customer Care service.)

Ray:
 
I have tried all that.
 
Nothing works!
 
Everything started going bonkers yesterday and today I still cannot answer any posts or post any comments on **ANY** news article on Yahoo! News!
 
It is not only affecting this account, but my other five accounts as well. I cannot post with them either.
 
If you people are blocking me from posting because you think that I have become a spammer, or somehow had become pirated, that is not the case. I do not post regularly on the message boards.
 
Nor do I post the same message over and over again–like spammers do, and other wingnuts have done.
 
But I would like to have my privileges restored as soon as possible. Not in a month, not in a year, but within the next three days or so, or I will be lodging a full protest with Yahoo! and I will make sure that all my web contacts know of this decision or problem.
 
And they will let them know and so on and so on and so on.
 
I am a reasonable man, but I am getting very tired of your company’s BS when it comes to free speech and rules! I have been a loyal Yahoo! user since 2002 and I have never had to complain or make a complaint of this nature–because it affects my social lifestyle as it is a part of my network and my ongoing drive to connect with as many people as possible because of my profession as a literary writer.
 
You people have got to realize that we are all part of a much broader picture and blocking people from your boards amounts to telling each and every one of your loyal users that our business and our opinions–voiced or otherwise–do not matter.
 
But your company should be able to tell who is spamming, what constitutes spam and who is a legitimate user.
 
My PC is not hijacked, nor is it compromised, and nor has it been taken over or pirated by third-party users for the explicit purpose of sending out junk mail.
 
As I have said before, I am formally requesting that you fix this problem or face the consequences from a very tight, but loyal group of Yahoo! users.

Thank you.
 
Schuyler Thorpe
Everett, Washington


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