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.
I hope they won't demand a gas bill like PayPal.
@Liberapay WTF! What was the reason they gave?
> 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?
@Liberapay blocked access?! 😤 Did you check the internet archive for a copy of your posts?
@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
@Liberapay so what did you do to offend them? (Are they worried about their claps?)
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 How did you add the message description?
@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.
@Liberapay what are their reasons?
Y'all are having some very bad luck this month, I hope the self-hosted solutions that were recommended will work
Let us all know where y'all land, if you end up with a new URL so we can re-toot it.
@Liberapay 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡
@Liberapay Oh no.
@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.
@Liberapay I've told you this several times -_-
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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