My News Website Account Gone?

   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.

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4 Responses to My News Website Account Gone?

  1. Dylan says:

    The same thing happened to me. For two years I logged on using AOL but then was met with the same pop up you mentioned. After that all my comments vanished. I then changed to twitter and after a month the same happened. All my comments were gone and was unable to log in. Then I tried to get back in using AOL and was met with the message that that account was already in use so I just changed my name, logged in, and then went back to my normal user name.

    Now I admit I can be very snarky there but there are people who have made comments much worse than mine but they are still active with all of their comments visible.

    I found your blog, by the way, because I searched for “crapgame” and it led to this. I did that because I received an email on my AOL account (which I never use for real email purposes) from someone claiming to be crapgame/swim and others gloating that they (he?) got me banned on silive.


    • storknest says:

      I have since reactivated my original account using a username I avoided because I have been moving away from anonymous usernames. Strange thing, I found I could change my avatar though in some parts of the site, it still shows my old avatar.
      Don’t know about Swim and Crapgame being the same person. A lot of us know Crapgame has 20+ user IDs, I stopped counting between 15-20. I don’t think Swim got me banned, I tended to have more issues with his opposition, I think the site is broke based on a bunch of issues. Take the avatar problem, doubt any user can cause that, then there is the issue of how some replies never go through if you include images or video but doing the exact same comment separately works fine.


      • Dylan says:

        I think the new system is very buggy. I noticed my profile says I ave 2657255 posts.That is impossible. I think we should only be able to comment under our real names, but there was someone here who had major harassment (death threats, phone calls) so perhaps anonymity is a good thing. But if everyone had to use their real name perhaps it could stop the nonsense.

        Anyway, thanks for the reply.


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