I wasn’t going to write anything about this… event but the more I thought about it, the more aggravated I got; let me tell you what happened…
I sat and wrote “Describing the Indescribable” and as I was jamming away on the keyboard, and when I happened to peek at the Media Gallery section, I found the pic that decorates the blog and, I thought, added some nice visuals to the topic of busting a nut.
Some hours later, I was either reading someone else’s blog or commenting on it and returned to my own blog… to find it was suspended for what the warning said was some attempt to sell something – some weird shit I knew I wasn’t doing. So the thing said that if I didn’t agree with it – and I sure as hell didn’t – click here and explain why… so I did, wondering just what the fuck I did to get jacked up.
Well, an hour later, I got an email from WordPress explaining that as a user of the free WordPress stuff, pornographic photos aren’t allowed to be used, including those showing explicit sexual acts or genitalia.
If you think I blew the hell up, you’re right – I did while asking them that if this is the policy, why was the image in the Media Gallery to begin with? I pointed out to them that WordPress provided this image based on what I was writing… so how is that my fault? Not only have I used that particular picture before in a blog – and didn’t get bitch-slapped for it, I pointed out to them that I’ve been on other people’s blogs and have seen more explicit photos that I know they didn’t get from the Media Gallery.
I hit send… and I’m fuming even as I’m taking deep breaths to calm myself (and saying ‘woo-sah’ in my head) and think that this is bullshit… but if those are the rules, okay, fine… but I’m still thinking that if such pictures are verboten, why am I allowed to see them? I put it out of my mind for a moment because, as the email I got said, my blog was released back to my control.
So I’m playing ‘Borderlands’ on my Xbox 360 (and getting my head handed to me) when I hear the computer chime, telling me I had new email. After making sure all the bad guys were dealt with, I bring up Outlook and see that another WordPress weenie has replied to my email.
This one tells me that he, too, has seen some pretty explicit stuff… but it was on blogs belonging to people on WordPress.org and, as such, they are allowed to do whatever they want to do so if I want to have those same privileges, I should shift my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.
I hadn’t planned on doing that… but I also don’t ever want to be censored again by the powers that be, so I’ll get to doing that at some point. I’m still not very happy about this event though… but it’s not going to stop me from saying what I want to say.
You’ll just have to do without the, ah, more explicit photos until I can make the transition… even though I still feel that if such things aren’t allowed, they shouldn’t be available to the free users – period.
Fuck… I’m still rolling my eyes over this one – but I’ll get over it.