Posted by: oboids | May 23, 2007

WTF: WordPress Account Suspended

AMF! Early this morning, I tried fixing my blog’s widget. I was not satisfied with the changes I made so I clicked the BACK button to undo the changes I made. But instead of being able to access the previous page, I was redirected to WordPress Login Page instead. WTF! So I typed my account’s name and password to login, and there it was, I got a prompt that’s shouting at me in yellow font – “ACCOUNT SUSPENDED”. Tanginang Shet! Sinuspend ng WordPress ang account ko.

I tried typing my username and password several times and I got the same result. I thought it must be because of some cookies or something. So I closed Firefox, erased all cookies and clear the cache. And finally, I restarted Firefox and tried logging back in WordPress. And my ghad! I got the same result, “ACCOUNT SUSPENDED”. Wahhh!

This is when I started to worry. But ey, I have not checked my email yet. Of course WordPress will send me an email if ever they suspend my account. They will make sure that I AM INFORMED of the reason(s) for my accounts suspension. I WAS SURE that they will not leave me wondering. Because I was really wondering.

So I decided to check my mail for an email from WordPress. WALA!! Naman diba! Pero naisip ko baka naman nasa SPAMmail ko lang. So I checked my SPAM mails and still I found no notice. That’s when I started to really worry.

Of course logic dictates that if you are lost, ask for help. Question is where? I clicked on SUPPORT and saw a very useful form for people who has questions. I wanted to use it, but said to myself that I needed to know more before sending SUPPORT an email using the form provided. So clicked the FORUM page and typed “account suspended” in its search engine. Fortunately I got a positive result. There where several members of WordPress asking the same questions relating to their account’s suspension.

Here’s are the possible reasons for account suspension in WordPress that I’ve gathered.

A WordPress account will be suspended if:

  • It contains advertising in the blogs side bar. Any form of advertising is strictly prohibited and may lead to possible account’s suspension.
  • All WordPress account member agreed to WordPress Term of Service (ToS) when they activated their account. It also says there somewhere that agreeing to ToS will mean that a WordPress member subjects his blog to US Law, so any copyright infringement (e.g. downloads) in the site may lead to an account suspension.

For all my fellow WordPress Blogger’s. Here’s what WordPress has to say:

WordPress FAQs: My Blog has been suspended

When you sign up for a blog here at wordpress.com, you are agreeing to comply with the Terms of Service (TOS). In fact, the page has a check box next to this:

I have read and agree to the fascinating terms of service

so there is no real excuse for not knowing what is and is not allowed.

Blogs are suspended if they are found to be in breach of the TOS.

We do not contact you first to ask that content be modified or removed.

You cannot have that blog name back.

You cannot have the blog content back.

We take the TOS very seriously and act on every feedback we get to check out possible breaches.

We want wordpress.com to be a pleasant and safe environment for all our users.

And here’s a post from one of the Forum Members of WordPress.

“Only staff can tell you for sure why your blog was suspended. Contact them through the feedback form on your dashboard. But yes, more than one affiliate link, advertising, or sale offers on a blog are all serious terms of service violations; always read the Terms of Service before you agree to them in future. Saves a lot of hassle; it’s right there in black and white.

For reference, WordPress bloggers agree (in the Terms of Service) to subject their blogs to US law, so if the downloads you offered were not legal in the US, that might also have been an issue. You’ll have to ask staff.”

I took the forum member’s advice. So I sent an email to WordPress staff for help. And below was their reply.

Hi,
http://*******.wordpress.com/
had ads on so it was suspended.
I have returned the blog but ads there and on any other blogs have to be removed immediately please.

Mark

I actually have 5 WordPress Blog Accounts under oboids. And I am an administrator in 4 blog accounts and a contributor in the other one.
Fortunately, Mark activated my account. And I am now back online. The link above is my friends blog address, I am one of his contributors. Unfortunately, because of the ad in his site, my account was suspended. So was his. We were advised to remove all ads in all the blogs we author. Here’s my reply to his email.

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your immediate response. I really appreciate it.

I will immediately inform the administrator of *******.wordpress.com. Unfortunately, I cannot remove the ads in his site since i’m just a contributor of the site. I would be very happy to remind him though. Thank you so much for understanding.🙂

—– Original Message —-
From: “Mark @ wordpress.com” <support@wordpress.com

To: *******@yahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 2:35:41 AM
Subject: [WordPress #KPL-917451]: Please help! I’m having trouble logging in!

Hi,
http://*******.wordpress.com/
had ads on so it was suspended.
I have returned the blog but ads there and on any other blogs have to be removed immediately please.

Mark

WordPress takes ads seriously. So NO ADS Daw!! Okay! Shet!


Responses

  1. ganun?!
    this reminds me, i need to ask wordpress staff why some/newer buttons(?) on my sidebar aren’t showing. but i’ll have to tinker first and try to solve it on my own.

  2. lipat ka na lang sa blogspot.

  3. LOL (ooops! sorry, no laughing matter).

    Wasn’t it just the other night you said something on my blog about your wordpress being suspended? –“I would reach 20,000 hits mark soon unless wordpress suspends my account.”

    Be careful of what you wish for. Somebody might be listening.😦

    OH! What would’ve happened if you wished to win the lottery that night? “Sayang!”🙂

  4. I’m glad all’s well, pero napaka-strikto naman ng wordpress! Sana naman before they suspend your account, they should’ve given you notice. Lame Customer Service…I heard blogspot and typepad provide better blogging platforms.

    Ingat always! ☻

  5. The main reason why WordPress only allows one affiliate link (like in Amazon) is because of the notion that you are not supposed to earn in your “free” blog.

    If you want to put ads in your WordPress blog, you have to purchase the software.

    But if you ask me, I’d still stick to WordPress. Like I’ve said before, it works wonders in your blog. For instance, you don’t have to ping everytime you post because WP does it for you (unlike in Blogspot where you have to register to an independent ping service everytime you post), hence the higher viewership we tend to get. I have my graph in Sitemeter to prove it.

    Despite all its limitations, I would still prefer WordPress. Why? Because its benefits weigh more than its flaws. Faster loading time, cleaner and more appealing templates, the sense of community (the fact that you asked for tech support; try that with Blogspot), the constant updates/ upgrades. etc etc etc

    BTW, you know by now that I used to write in Blogspot for two years.

  6. heto nga pala… http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/12/08/adsense/

  7. That’s an eye-opener for me because I didn’t know WordPress has all those restrictions. I wanted to shift to WordPress pa naman.

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