I'm trying to figure it out.


Yeah...somewhere between 2 and 3 weeks, I guess it was.


Unable to Blog, unable to send Private Messages, unable to Comment on people's Blogs or people's Comments.


Unable to do much at all, really! I did some reading...wrote a couple new songs, performed with my band, worked my job, watched some TV...


Not able to get much of a response as far as explaining what was going on, and why?


Only one response, at the very beginning, offering no explanation, but a promise to "take care of it," a process that took about 2 1/2 weeks.


Didn't really break any rules that I know of.


Let's see...


I didn't promote anything...


Didn't copy anything...


Didn't add any affiliate links...


Didn't promote my niche, although I did suggest a possible Baby Boomer niche. That's not quite the same thing, is it? (I still think it would make a decent niche!)


I didn't require anyone to go to an external website...


Didn't solicit any phone numbers or ask for personal contact information...


Nothing was inappropriate...


Headlines were not misleading...


No religion or politics were involved...


My signature could not be found at the end of the Post...


I made no fundraising or charity efforts...


No nuttin'!


Now comes a plea for assistance in understanding. Maybe somebody with a bit more experience here can enlighten me?


How and why does this happen?


What creates a problem in the first place, for someone who's not really breaking any of the stated rules?


I know every workplace has people who run to the boss at the drop of a hat. My job has a few, and it's a pretty good place to work, with high morale among employees.


I'm certainly not one to run to the boss, but those people do exist, and the rest of us know who they are. I do my job, to the best of my ability, and if someone else doesn't, I figure that's their business.


My suspicion is that those folks exist here, too...the people who, for one reason or another, feel like they have to take exception to this or that Blog, because, well, there's just something about it that bothered them.


I've never done it myself, and I wouldn't waste my valuable time "turning someone in," pushing a "spam button," or however it works. I wouldn't even know exactly how it works, because I believe in doing my own thing, and letting the next guy do his.


I guess if something really bothered me, I'd either just move on, or write a reply, DIRECTLY TO the person who wrote something that bugged me, rather than going behind their back.


That is the more manly way of doing things, isn't it? Yeah, it is.


I've never heard a word of complaint about my Blogs. Quite the contrary, I've had a lot of supportive comments from many nice people.


I know there are people who prefer technical Posts, and that's fine. I just don't have enough knowledge to write technically oriented Blogs right now.


That should be OK, too.


There are many types of Posts which people not only enjoy, but which they derive positive value from, including motivational/inspirational and just plain creative Posts, which provide entertainment value and a bit of R &R from the nose to the grindstone stuff.


So, how does it happen?


I sent 10-12 emails to the administration, trying to figure out what happened, and get it rectified, without response, and still, when they emailed a colleague who had entered a plea on my behalf, the response was..."Rick who?"


Really?


If that's true, there's stuff going on behind the scenes that we all need to be aware of.


Who's in charge of this stuff?


I'd truly like to open a dialog on this.

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Carson1 Premium
Well that explains alot. I have kind of lost my WA momentum as of late but was wondering, like everyone else, thought maybe the hurricanes got the better of you. Glad that's not the case . I've missed you brother. Not sure of the true cause of your
" infraction" Nice to see your return. ATB Carson 1
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Carson. I guess it was hurricanes of the human kind, but maybe they're losing steam. :)
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PatsyC Premium
Welcome back Rick, sorry for what you had to go through!

All I can say from experience with a couple of close friends here, is how there are miserable people out there that like to click on that spam button. I had no idea how it worked until recently. It only takes 1 person to click on 10 of your comments to get you blocked.

I know it's easy for me to say but, don't worry about it and move on. This will be a thing of the past :)
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cosmicradio Premium
I hope so, Patsy. :)
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laparra1 Premium
Hello, Rick!!!, there you are again and your fan club is happy.

If you allow here comes my thought on this: Try and forget it. Crying about spilled milk turns it sour and that is very bad for your tummy!

I am looking forward to more gray, pink or green haired ladies or anything which makes your imagination fly and then makes you create some great posts again.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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cosmicradio Premium
Good advice from the south of Spain. Thanks, Taetske! :)
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Hi Rick,

I, for one, or more likely thousands, am so so so very happy you are back!

You have very solid friends here at WA - I'm sure you know who totally had your back.

I do believe that I may have an inkling as to why it occurred and I will PM you - if you would like to know...

Humour to one...can be deemed inappropriate to another!

All any WA Member has to do is press the SPAM button 10 x without giving you any chance to remove a post on your own or have any defence!

I understand the concept to require over-arching censorship when dealing in the public realm with WA (as it is a Business) but give a guy a chance to have a fair hearing first!!!

After all, Kyle & Carson & Jay live on Vancouver Island in Canada - the home of the true and the brave!

Innocent until proven guilty!
Same in the US right?
Feels awful to be shut out with no defence.
Feels like being in Solitary Confinement!

You should write a song about it Rick....it will be a hit, no doubt!

Dr Barb ....BC Canada

PS I understand the Censorship sting - I believe it happenend to me too as everything went silent - I knew who did it - it was from a thread where I was trying to help someone - I believe an individual took offence....called me "Delusional"...

I laughed....then I figured...he might be right if I put up with that nonsense (cyber-bullying)...

Then he questioned my desire to help as "self-serving"....I took an Oath...the Hippocratic one....I live and breathe it ....have done for 35 years...

Then, what broke the straw on the camel's back....he questioned my Medical Degrees ....

When I first joined WA in January 2016, I had my own personal facial photo chosen for my Profile Picture (as Kyle's training advises) and included (in y Bio) all my degrees:

BSc Combined Cell Biology/Genetics (3-year Rapid Track Completion)

MD - University of British Columbia

CCFP - Canadian College of Family Physician Certification - UWO

The reason I am writing all this is because this person questioned my ethics and my pure intentions...for this I do not stand quietly.

All is well now!

I was going to Private Message all of this to you Dear Rick to support you in any direction you may take...

Whether you:

1. Stay with WA trying to rebuild trust
2. Leave WA - tragic outcome at best - we need your creative artistry here at WA, now more than ever
3. Stay and look into it with Kyle & Carson...I believe you deserve an explanation (I will PM You my detective sleuthing ibfo if you wish)
4. Stay and just ignore the idiocy of the entire Censorship- just being the "Cool Cat" that you are and whom we all know and love

So very happy to see "your smiling face"....:

"Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
And when you give me that pretty little pout
It turns me inside out
There's something about you, baby,
I just don't know."

Anyone know the lyricist & all-round Superstar?

That is who Rick (Cosmicradio) is to me here at WA!

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World Cosmic!

Dr Barb
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verazhelvis Premium
Dear Barbara, If I could I would put much more likes.
Like this- like-like-like-like-like.......
With friends and support like this should anyone leave?
You had strength and courage to stay after being insulted that much,(they found the spot to hit at!) and maybe with no much support at that time. That proves WA has value in itself. The idea behind it is brilliant. The self-appointed "police" people should not be allowed to ruin it.
With people like Rick, the atmosphere here is different. He emits creative fluids for everyone to bathe in. :)))
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cosmicradio Premium
Gee-Thanks so much, Barb. I'm basically just on here being myself, and if something strikes me as funny, not right, or whatever, I'm likely to share it. If you know more than I do about what makes this stuff happen (everybody probably knows more than I do!) shoot me a PM. All the best-Rick. :)
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cosmicradio Premium
Aw, shucks. :)
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Swangirl Premium
I agree with you too! This sort of thing has gotten out of hand.
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, absolutely. The spam button in unfriendly hands is very dangerous.
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verazhelvis Premium
:)))
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Dearest Rick,

You are a breath of fresh here at WA and we who have the privilege to know you are truly honoured.

I will PM you regarding my theorem.

I hope Kyle & Carson have a chance to see this thread...we need the Artistic to Balance with the Techie side!

Barb
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, ridiculous system if there are no checks. Personal bias is all that is required to get someone kicked out!
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verazhelvis Premium
Yes, and it might be that the harm of the spam button outweighs its proposed good, at least being used this way.
Rick appears to be not the only one to have suffered this kind of injustice.Tammy, too.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, that was very strange.
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Lazyblogger Premium
I love those no nuttin days! I usually come back fired up after those days. So let's leave those days as no nuttin days and try not to fix it.
I focus on the end in mind whatever the journey may bring. Thank you for sharing and welcome back from those beautiful days. lol

Make it a great Weekend!

Bishop... the Lazyblogger signing off.
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks so much, Bishop. I love your attitude, man! :)
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verazhelvis Premium
Looking forward to anything and everything you have in store for us. You have been so much missed....
And I'd really love to see clearer guidelines on how and why things like these might happen.
Maybe it worked automatically in your case since you didn't break any rules and no purposeful decision was involved...
Happy you are back , Rick. Have been really missing your sparkling posts ...:)))
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cosmicradio Premium
As always, Vera-Thank you so much for your unwavering support! :)))
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verazhelvis Premium
:)))
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SongbirdDL Premium
I am so glad that this is a self regulating community that runs on positive support for each other.

Most that come here to spam will not survive and hound dogs too will meet with their fate.

Whatever evil one does in private, will surely come to light at some point. By their acts, we will always observe and know them, but their negative acts won't last. This is a positive place full of positive people.

Happy to have you back Rick.

~Danielle
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Danielle. I'm definitely a naturally positive person in all aspects of my life. We all like to be treated fairly. :)
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SongbirdDL Premium
True.
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Sometimes Wolves are dressed in Sheep's clothing...

As a gentle Lamb Soul myself I came across a Top 50 Member of our Illustrious Community who would have likely done major harm to a Soul less strong than me...

But, what doesn't break you,,,well it doesn't break you!

LOL!

It will make you stronger Rick...as you know all too well!

Dr Barb
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SongbirdDL Premium
I totally agree. Thank you Dr Barb. We will always rise above the clouds.
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Swangirl Premium
Except for those who are leaving WA for good and won't be around long enough to see any justice.
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DarleenP Premium
Well welcome back! You have listed most of the rules above and some I didn't even realize like for example "My signature could not be found at the end of the Post". I didn't know we couldn't do that and have seen many members doing it. I never did it because I tried making one once and it never worked out.

I wish I could enlighten you with what happened but I have no idea. I never saw anything like that. I got used to your posts and started missing them when you were gone. I hope there aren't people objecting to someone's post frivolously or just because they don't like it. But it sure would help if we knew what happened so that mistakes don't repeat themselves.
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cosmicradio Premium
I agree with you, Darleen, and my signature isn't there 'cause I couldn't figure it out, either. Now we know we're not even supposed to do it. :)
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Memorylaneuk Premium
This makes me sad. I truly think this is a great and helpful community but as with all things there are bad eggs. Jealousy and small mindedness. These people should be rooted out and booted out. They should spend more time on their websites and less on trying to be top dogs in the ranking stakes here, by foul or fine means.
I continue to be optimistic about the community and that Kyle and Carson will put an end to negativity within WA.
If you don't like a post move on....
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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cosmicradio Premium
We are definitely in agreement, Karen. Thanks for your supportive comments. :)
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Easy-Moneys Premium
I agree but "Rooted Out & Booted Out" is what started this in the first place in that someone had the power to Cyber-ban Rick!

This ability to Ban or Censor members' "right to speech" here at WA just pressing the Spam Button 10 x one anyone's site..is too one-sided in my humble opinion!

I believe a higher power will prevail and Kyle and Carson will guide us forward!

Blessings,

Barb
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Swangirl Premium
I hope so.
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Droseh Premium
Yeah! So glad you are able to write again! I am at a loss as to why this happened to you...nothing you have ever written has been offensive or spam. I read posts all the time that have links and self promotions. I have no advice on how to prevent this from happening again, other than PM Kyle. Just glad to hear from you again!
Debbie
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you so much, Debbie. :)
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Tjennings122 Premium
I totally relate to this. Same thing happened to me. Same responses...nothing happened. Someone told me about your blog tonight, which is the only reason I am on here in WA and responding. I have pretty much washed my hands of these "big shots" who think they run this place (not Kyle or Carson)--the other ones who ARE the troublemakers. If you want I can give you their names. It's not worth my time or energy any longer. Best wishes my friend.

Tammy
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verazhelvis Premium
Still hope sound powers will prevail, like in any sound community..:)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Tammy, and I'm sorry that happened to you. I think the best policy is: if you don't like something or somebody, just move on. Let's not waste time on negative energy. All the best! :)
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cosmicradio Premium
My faith is strong, Vera, as I know yours is, too. :)))
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verazhelvis Premium
Oh, yes.:))
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Swangirl Premium
I missed you Tammy!
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Swangirl Premium
Yes!!! Such a simple concept!
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Cindyda1 Premium
Here, Here Rick! I agree! I was actually wondering the same...I read a couple of blogs posted about the Las Vegas incident that clearly turned totally political and I went back and forth, back and forth..biting my tongue about whether to comment or not...I kept deleting every comment I came up with because I was so infuriated and thought I'd better not bite at that bit...then I decided...well, surely someone else will see this and comment about it being inappropriate for this "venue" and surely it will be removed.....so I will just leave it be and as you say "let them do their thing"...Nothing! Nothing at all was done regarding either post and comments...they are still up at least the last time I checked...

Any post you have ever put out there has been NOTHING in comparison to those posts and comments that followed regarding the Vegas shooting incident posts....and it is justified that you be banned from writing compared to those posts and comments? Where were the hound dogs regarding those clearly political posts and comments?

I cannot understand that for the life of me.

Glad to see you back...I hope you get to stay.
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Cindy. I don't have a problem with most posts. It's easy to just click off of something. Why create a bunch of drama? :)
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Cindyda1 Premium
Yea, true. I shouldn't have said anything here. I don't think the authors of the posts I referred to had intent to create a political post but it sort of turned into that with comments. I just wondered how that was allowed and nothing said is all. I might get upset and not agree with some things but I have never hit a spam button on anyone to help cause them to get rights revoked.

I've decided I'm just going to keep my piehole shut period! ;-) I'm not bothering to read most posts anymore anyway.

Carry on! As I've said before, you are a gentle soul!
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Cindy. I believe gentleness is my natural way, but sometimes it's not as easy as other times. I keep on trying to evolve! :)
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TonyHamilton Premium
Welcome back Rick,

It's hard telling who didn't like something or who the ones are that have the so called power.

It would be nice and appropriate for someone to get back with you with some sort of explanation.

Now that you have your write privileges back have you Private Messaged Kyle?

That would be the only advice that I can come up with.

Welcome back Cosmic Radio Rick!

Tony
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verazhelvis Premium
How very right you are, Tony.:)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Tony. As I said, I sent probably 10 or so emails, from which I got only one response, saying "things would be taken care of." More than two weeks later, I was in the same situation. Can't we all just get along? :)
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ValerieJoy Premium
It is great to see you again Rick. I can't understand why you were blocked. I was astonished when I knew about it.
Those who take things the wrong way need take a good look at their own behavior. Maybe that wasn't the issue. I don't know. I'm lost for words, other than to again say - I am so pleased you are back here, and long may you stay :)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you so much, Valerie! :)
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MKearns Premium
There have been a lot of "flame wars" here Rick. But I think it's getting better for one main reason. I honestly feel Kyle is bending over backwards to restore things to their greatness.
It may not be all the way but I feel progress is being made. He posted a great thread last night on 2017-2018 I made some suggestions on it as you should do also.

I'm pleased as punch to see you posting again!
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Mike!
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subcpo14 Premium
Great to see you back and hope everything is fine otherwise.

Goodluck trying to get anyone's attention in any administration or below, I've tried and actually received one phone call after a significant delay but doubt I will ever hear anything again.

I say do what you do because I do what I do and even if we do not agree, we can still do.

Happy Monday!! Jay
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cosmicradio Premium
Great attitude, Jay! Have a good one!
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