There’s nothing worse for readers than being either kept in a queue or having to go through New Google’s super clever [they think] photo captcha and a reader often stays in RSS to avoid all that c**p or else just gives it away. All of us are busy or not and if not, we become busy when faced with things like that.
With a few people adminning at OoL, occasionally we get our wires crossed and there are two readers/commenters I know now who were caught in that and don’t try to comment here any more, thinking they’re banned and they’re not. Sometimes it’s multiple links which do it, sometimes their moniker, sometimes key words in the text bank, sometimes New Google system itself.
I’d like to apologize on behalf of the system to Banned whom I found this morning in pending at my place, which is interesting because, speaking of banning, I think I’m currently banned from Counting Cats – I know he doesn’t like my sniping at rationalists but it might be that it’s not specifically him doing it – and I’m simply going to spam for some reason, i.e. the system is doing it.
Possible, though I suspect I actually am banned for the things I write. Trouble is, in his case, my two emails also didn’t get through and were returned. Now I have not the slightest issue with that – his gaff ‘n all and I’m a very annoying person – but I wonder how much, in general, fellow bloggers realize that their system shuts people out who are innocent?
And then that innocent person gets p***ed off and that’s a reader lost. Max Farquar‘s system had me banned some time ago – the comments system would not recognize me – so I wrote to Microdave and he checked with Max and I was going to spam – the system was doing it. He made an adjustment and there’s been no trouble since.
Let me repeat that if I am banned from a site – no probs at all, I know why. Perhaps though I’m not, perhaps you’re not, unless you’re a known offender. Perhaps the system is the offender and the blogger knows nothing whatever of all this.