Yesterday I went to login to the SILive news website as I do on occasion to find a popup that asked me for my email, birth year and zip code as if I was creating a new account. I typically use the login through Facebook but I also tried the login through Google and using Username & Password, none of them worked. From all I have seen, it appears my account was turned off though I see comments I made up to my last activity, August 7, still present. I find it strange and odd that I received no notice of this yet this is from a news website that has had problems.
– Avatar pics not changing. Used to be if your SILive account was linked to a social media service, the avatar would change when you changed the one on the social site, this has not happened for some time.
– Failure to update profile. There have been times I tried to update my profile such as avatar and informational changes, either they do not take or, in one case, it created a whole new profile for me that was NOT my intent.
– Replies not taking. It seems for some time if you try to reply to someone, the rely disappears just as you hit Add Comment depending on what you put in it. If you put the exact same post as a new comment separate from the conversation, it goes through fine.
– Comments Pending then disappearing. I see this at times, a comment will show with a yellow box and Pending in it, then the comment disappears without notice. Is there a magic censor at work?
If I was a conspiracy minded person, I would accuse certain people who I have had disagreements with (seems to be a longtime Staten Island tradition from before the days of the Internet), but a number of people even those who disagree vehemently on subjects know the SILive website has problems. It does not look good for a news site to turn off someone’s account without even a notice of why, any website that deactivates your account will usually tell you why at least by email.
This on top of longtime problems have really gone on too long. While the site is the place the Staten Island Advance reports on news, I know from my own searching it is part of a group of sites run by another company called Advance Publications Internet in Jersey City as seen here.
I have tried contacting about some of these problems before through the Contact Us form on the site and received little response usually told to do things that do not fix anything or I get silence. I am quite through with the manner this site has been handled and will be making this known to others. I have asked the SI Advance if they do not believe me to put up the email I sent them (most of it is in this blog with a few changes) with a poll and asking for feedback on how others feel about the site.