I don’t usually talk politics here, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post this hilarious flow chart from BoingBoing (who got it from someone else):
Are you laughing yet? Flow charts have gotten a bit gimmicky lately, but they can still be funny. My absolute favorite is from Toothpaste for Dinner:
I’m not sure what your politics are, but I’m definitely in the Obama Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin hating camp. I’m definitely getting out to vote on November 4th, also because there’s a question regarding eliminating the state income tax. Say what? Yes, I like having my roads plowed in the winter, so I’m going to say no.
I wanted to write to you about a story that may interest you. I was recently kicked off of facebook for â€œspammingâ€ my anti-Palin views. I joined a facebook page that was in support of Palin and I began to argue points against her and john McCain. Shortly after I found my account had been disabled. When I e-mailed and asked why they said:
Thanks for your understanding,
Now, I was not spamming any unsolicited messages promoting or advertising a product, service, or opportunity. I was debating points within a forum, as many others were. It has come to my attention that other people have been experiencing this as well. Having their accounts suspended and posts removed. I guess there is no free speech in Facebook.
The other problem with their system is that they do not tell you what their â€œlimitationsâ€ are. Here is a quote from their help page:
Why was I disabled?
Faceboook limits the number of times a user can send the same message or make the same post. Your account has been disabled for taking repeated actions that were construed as spam.
What are the limits?
Unfortunately, Facebook cannot provide any specifics on the rate limits that we enforce. Please know, however, that the speed at which you are acting and the sheer number of actions you have made are both taken into account.
How can one follow rules that are undefined?
I think it would make an excellent article for your newspaper, just how free is facebook? And what are they promoting.
Thanks for your time,
Sarah Palin inspires and validates my sense of the absurd. – Edward Renehan
I saw something similar to this a few weeks ago on “Slate.” It wasn’t nearly as amusing, though.