This is NOT the ‘beeradvocate and me’ post that I promised on Twitter last week (which is still in the hopper and goes into much greater depth about my history and relationships with the site – its publication is on hold until my status at BA is resolved and perhaps it will never see the light of day), rather this is simply an update on the status of my account as of today with just the facts and NO commentary. I wrote this since I have received so many emails and questions about the situation.
Here’s the current situation;
As of 4/23 everything was ‘normal’ as far as I could tell. Candice then posted her Royal Wedding thread, to which I wrote a few replies. Some of those replies (not all) were deleted by one of the moderators – again, a pretty normal situation, although I didn’t consider anything to be particularly controversial (just the ‘usual’). A little later, Candice wrote me a beermail saying (amongst other things) that I was ‘done in this thread’. I ‘obeyed’ her instruction, but did reply to her beermail by saying, ‘but I thought you wrote it just for me ;-)’) – INCLUDING the emoticon. Ten minutes later my IP addressed was blocked and my account was locked. My reviews and posts still remain on the site but my profile page has disappeared. Attempting to log in generates this message (in red text!);
Your account has been locked. Possible cause = system abuse. Please contact us if you feel this is an error.
Assuming at first a BA ‘time-out’, after a couple of days I attempted to contact both Todd and Jason via different methods but received no reply. After a week went by I wrote an email to Todd and received a reply that said my account was locked for trolling and for promoting BA levifunk‘s software to retrieve BA reviews. Todd also said that any further emails to him would be ignored. That was the last I heard, and the account has been locked for over two weeks, currently residing in BA purgatory.
I’ve never seen a BA ‘time-out’ last this long, so I am beginning to think this may be permanent.
That’s it, those are the facts no more, no less. I don’t know what the end game will be. More to follow…..