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As The Saga Continues

[For those of you that read this blog, and have no idea what is going on over at Facebook, there is nothing for you to see here today. Please try again another day and hopefully you will find a post that is relevant.]

As the ‘Facebook Saga’ continues, my personal profile page still remains disabled.

It is as if I never existed on Facebook.

Everything I have ever written, or posted, or commented on, as Meleah Rebeccah Hawthorne, has been removed.

According to a poorly written email from FBHQ, this happened in part due to my so-called ‘excessive commenting’ and because I was writing too fast on too many walls.

You see, after Facebook hijacked my commenting rights, I harassed them with a barrage of unpleasant emails. Eventually, ‘The Powers That Be’ re-instated my commenting abilities.

For all of eight hours.

And yes, during that glorious eight-hour span, I took full advantage of my new-found freedom of speech.

Only to have my account completely Shut Down.

Yeah. Sorry Facebook, but I did have over 400 concerned friends that needed immediate replies. Excuse me for answering everyone! And excuse me for answering everyone in a timely manner.

Maybe YOU should try being so efficient. Because no matter how many sweet, kind, or polite messages I have emailed you, I just keep getting the same automated response:

Hi, The Facebook Team has received your inquiry. We should get back to you soon. In the meantime, we encourage you to review our Terms of Use for more information.
Thanks for contacting Facebook,
The Facebook Team

Um.

Okay.

I have reviewed your Terms Of Use.

Can I have my account back now?

No?

[sigh]

On the one hand, I fully appreciate the need to have certain rules and regulation in place to prevent spammers from taking over. I totally respect that. Although, it would be nice if you could be a little less vague when explaining why or how a person gets banned in the first place. Yanno, like if you were to include details such as how many posts and/or comments one could leave, or if they were subject to time intervals.

Just sayin’.

On the other hand, to punish someone and sentence them to a lifetime of Involuntary Solitude, simply for interacting socially with their friends, is quite an injustice.

In any event, since I have been terribly unsuccessful in restoring my own profile page, I called upon my “Twin Sister” named “Mia Rebecca Baldwin” who has been nice enough to create a Facebook page.

[Honestly, it’s the least she can do, considering she stole the love of my life when she married Alec Baldwin.]

Anyway, like I was saying my Twin Sister has been doing her best to add MY friends to her page. But, apparently, the Facebook Gestapo has limits for that too. ‘Mia’ has already received three warnings claiming she was engaging in behavior that ‘others may consider abusive’.

Right. Um. Not really sure I understand that when half the time people get to ‘suggest friends’ to others.

And speaking of things that don’t make any sense, I’m pretty sure ‘The Powers That Be’ over at Facebook Head Quarters are aware of the feature they installed wherein you can ‘HIDE’ someone’s incessant ‘Status Updates’ from your news feed/home page, if they are in fact annoying. Not to mention, we as users also have the ability to block people when it is deemed appropriate.

I don’t need Facebook to remove people, or block people for me. If I found someone to be a nuisance, I am capable of handling that myself.  And, I think my friends are smart enough to do the same.

I am beside myself and filled with frustration.

I just feel terrible, since some of my friends have been feeling slighted and neglected by me. I am utterly powerless since I [and by ‘I’, I mean ‘Mia’] cannot add them as friends.

I can’t stand being in the dark, cut off, and shut out, AGAINST MY WILL.

Therefore, I will continue my diligent petition via emails, phone calls, and possible bomb threats, until MY own page is reactivated. In the meantime, I appreciate all of your consideration and patience during this difficult time.

UPDATE:

IT APPEARS AS IF MELEAH REBECCAH HAWTHORNE’S FACEBOOK PAGE IS ONCE AGAIN FULLY FUNCTIONAL. HOWEVER, ‘MIA’ WIL STILL BE ADDDING ALL OF MELEAH’S FRIENDS TO HER PAGE, JUST INCASE THIS EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. HOOOOOOOORAY. THE TRAGEDY IS OVER.

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  • Facebook is really losing it’s appeal. I can’t stomach going to MySpace…so perhaps I’ll have to resort to stepping back into the dark ages and communicating with you via email. Seems simpler.

  • Meleah

    Silver:
    Really! I feel the same way. I’m psyched to have my page back, but I cant/wont answer everyone the way I used to for fear of being banned again.

    This was the email they sent:
    Hi Meleah,
    Facebook has limits in place to prevent behavior that other users may find annoying or abusive. These limits restrict the rate at which you can use certain features on the site. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with the specific rates that have been deemed abusive. Your account was disabled because you exceeded Facebook’s limits on multiple occasions when writing on Walls, despite having been warned to slow down. However, after reviewing your situation, we have reactivated your account, and you should now be able to log in. Please be aware that if your account is disabled again, we will not be able to reactivate it. Once logged in, please slow down the rate at which you write on Walls. We appreciate your cooperation going forward.

    Thanks for your understanding,…
    Facebook

    Gee. Thanks for all that CLARITY

  • I have missed you. Nobody else has fun updates like you and I am very glad you were “suggested” to me. (I mean your twin was suggested to me.) It always amazes me how rules get bent out of shape. Anyway, glad you are back and still waiting for chapter 10!!!!

  • This is out of control. Restored or not, this is out of control! There are so many real spammers on FB who get no penalty. This is stupid. So glad I’m not on there anymore. I have a feeling they have another trick up their sleeve.

  • To me facebook is overrated. Too many people commenting on trivial things. I have an account but I am not a frequent user. Seems like I am getting updated every day about what my “friends” ate or where my “friends” have been or how their bowel movements are. Keep pushing back on them and demand them to reopen up access to your account. Take no guff or BS! Cuss them out. Make vague threats! Throw a temper tantrum if necessary.

  • Sheesh, how ridiculous. It is a social networking site, after all. I’m glad you were reinstated. You get way too much enjoyment out of it not to have been. It just would not have been “right”.

  • Meleah

    Skipper:
    Ive missed you too! I love that my updates make you happy!
    Chapter 10 is coming along, but Ive run into a little road block.

    Ricardo:
    Totally Annoying

    Agg79:
    Ahahhahahahah.
    I did have a tantrum!
    And now I have my page back!

    Steph:
    Agreed!
    xoxo

  • It seems ridiculous that this even occurred in the first place. I’m not on Facebook but it sounds like an error on their part. How can you be doing the wrong thing if you’re doing what the site was set up for ie. social networking? I don’t get it. Hope you stay reinstated this time!

  • dcr

    The answer, my friend, is tweeting in the wind… 😉

  • Meleah

    Selma:
    Yeah me too.
    It was getting CRAZY to write third person status updates AS someone else!
    LOL

    DCR:
    AHAHhahahahahahahhHAHHA

  • I had gone through 3 or 4 MySpace profiles due to similar BOFH Customer Support with them on issues similar to the ones you note on Facebook. Opening my FB account was in good part prompted by those problems… have had no issues yet there.

    Glad to see you back on FB Meleah!

  • Meleah

    Rog:
    And I hope you never HAVE any issues on FB!
    That was BRUTAL!!

  • Facebook can suck it. I’m glad Mia was cooperative though. Bitch did steal your husband after all. 😉

    I think one of the reasons they don’t specify what those limits are is because if they do, spammers can get really annoying right under them. Just a thought.

    So glad you’re back. Maybe Mia can help you comment etc?

  • Meleah

    Cute Ella:
    Well, that’s why MIA is keeping her page, so that in case I cant comment/or my page gets removed again, at least I am prepared! The whole thing gave me a headache and heartburn!

  • Gee and I thought they sorted this out for you already? That really sucks!

  • Ummm… I guess… shame on you for using Facebook for it’s intended purposes and for being too good at it??? Ridiculous.

  • tell them myspace has never treated you this way.

  • Meleah

    Nick:
    One second everything’s fine, and the next, I have no account, I have no idea what’s wrong with FB!

    Terri:
    Yep! Exactly!

    Natural:
    Ahaha. I did say that!

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