Today's lesson: Medium is bad. They've suspended our account and blocked access to all our published stories for bogus reasons and with only 12 hours notice.
> Your Medium account is in violation of our policies and is in danger of being suspended. Please review our policy for crypto accounts and posts on Medium: https://help.medium.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000646167
We don't even write about cryptocurrencies at all…
you should contact Medium about that issue: https://help.medium.com/hc/en-us/articles/216287508
on a second thought they may grant your account back
@Liberapay Medium - being mostly a no-frills blog platform - is mostly interesting for exposure, isn't it? Are there other reasons to not just use your own, self-hosted blog?
@arjenpdevries Yes, the Internet Archive has copies, e.g. https://web.archive.org/web/20180205073332/https://medium.com/@liberapay/the-second-year-of-liberapay-c017b73c9721
I've never liked Medium and I don't know why so many people seem to think it's the cat's pajamas.
Also self-hosted blogging is a solved problem and there are plenty of Medium clone minimalist skins for your platform of choice.
@Liberapay They did that to one of ours a few weeks ago too. Apparently something triggered their spam filter. They apologised and re-enabled it after a while, but it had already been damaging and looked bad for us :(
I'm surprised @Liberapay doesn't run its blog on an open source platform where it owns the data and these kinds of decisions.
@Liberapay Let me know if I can help with anything, if you want another platform that you don't have to maintain (and doesn't arbitrarily remove blogs). Happy to give you custom domains, etc. for free.
Y'all are having some very bad luck this month, I hope the self-hosted solutions that were recommended will work
@azzamsa This is water under the bridge now. Our blog being unavailable for a little while was an insignificant inconvenience compared to the Mangopay fiasco of the summer.
Other examples: Fran Blanche has been locked out of her Patreon account for a week for some sort of "security reason" they still haven't resolved, and Dave Jones was banned from live streaming EEVblog for 3 months without warning because YouTube suddenly decided a video from over 6 months ago violated ToS.
@thurloat @Liberapay the Commons Clause effectively converts a license to a closed "source available" license and has the potential to be quite disruptive in a bad way. This is a reminder that OSS alone doesn't make you immune to consolidation of power.
If your livelihood can be turned upside down by the whims of a single corporation, or single project dev/leader, or single *anything*, you should think of a contingency plan (migration, forking, etc).
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