I had been maintaining a rather quiet existence when all of a sudden, on Thursday, people were pinging me asking what I did this time to violate the WordPress.com Terms of Service. This very neatly escaped my notice as I was away assaulting the tastebuds of my roommates with some concoction that resulted from a cooker, some vegetables and some rice. To top it, Windows had installed updates and thus autorestarted my system. I never got to see those pings.
And then there was this offliner from my mother asking me to buck up and not just lose it and go offline, I can always create a new blog, can’t I?
I tried accessing my blog. And was informed that This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
And not only that. My WordPress.com account had been suspended. So all my blogs had been ‘archived or suspended for a violation of Terms of Service”.
I tried to remember what exactly I might have done that might result in something like this. Surely I had not done anything like last time. I tried going through the Terms of Service. Apparently I was responsible for my account not being compromised. Suddenly I had grand delusions of my eighty-four-character specially-chosen password being cracked by a spammer and this page being used as a spam location.
A couple of hours later, I got a reply from WordPress saying
Sorry for the mixup. I’ve restored your blogs.
All my blogs were back, save this one. Oh Hell!! I went back to the form. Some more time later, I got another reply saying
My apologies – the system should not have done that.
I have removed the warning and I am sorry for the concern it caused.
And then just as I was thinking of posting this entire story, my WordPress account was suspended Yet Again. Back to the forms.
This time it was
I am really really sorry. Some new code has caused this, it was not someone reporting or looking at the blog. It was automated and completely wrong.
It cannot happen again now, it really can’t.
I am very sorry for the problem and for annoying you so much – that’s the last thing we would want.
And this time, only NITK Numbskulls was back. The others weren’t. Forms, again.
I am really sorry for that happening – I cannot see why yet but I can assure you it will not happen again.
The blogs are back just as you left them and I very much apologise for the trouble we caused you.
Oh God. Finally, everything is back as it was. Thanks everyone for pinging, for bearing with me.
I wonder what bit of code caused that. How do you automate suspension of blogs for violation of terms of service other than those related to spam?