Originally posted by titorite
Is linking to GLP now automatically censored on ATS?
Until the dust settles.
There exists a confusing level of animosity toward us (and me) for which I have no idea how or why it started.
About two years ago, we became concerned that anyone mentioning ATS was getting insta-banned over at "G-L-P" and that links to our domain were
automatically converted into an obscenity. We made contact to inquire as to the reasons for the stance, and were immediately met with a rather
over-the-top response filled with an unreasonable level of hate.
Once that subsided, and we could actually converse (via AIM), it was discovered that their owner/admin was rather upset over some threads on ATS that
cast aspersions in their direction. It turned out the threads were rather old, and I offered to move them out of public display (in to RATS) in the
spirit of cooperation between our two sites. That seemed to solve the issue as they stopped auto-banning and auto-replacing our domain name. (They
also offered to place us on their "links" page, but we declined.)
Since then, things have appeared to be fine... no contact, no concerns, no problems.
Then, out of the blue, it happened again... and for reasons unknown.
There are several instances where their members have done the right thing when pasting content from ATS... placing a link to the original material
here. But at some point in the past few months, they started auto-replacing our domain with an obscenity again. -sigh-
I sent a polite email inquiring as to why this was happening, and could it please stop. The response was vulgar email filled with immature angst...
and nothing approaching an explanation. To make matters worse, my email was posted complete with my phone number (included in my signature for all
business emails), and I've since received over 30 harassing phone calls (some of which have been reported)... as the email was posted within the
context of, "we'll make him pay for this."
So, our next step was to send a DMCA notice to please include proper attribution links within content from our site... or, if they refuse, to remove
the content. In an amazing spirit of unbridled animosity, they elected to remove the content rather than refrain from auto-replacing our domain with
It's unfortunate that it came to this. Our only, and still only, request is to simply provide proper attribution when posting the content of our
members. Rather than consider civilized Internet etiquette and ethics, the decision has been to continue a spirit of uncooperative and inexplicable
I have no idea why this started again (really).
I have no idea why a simple request for proper link-backs has resulted in such a drama blow-up.
It's unfortunate... but that's the current situation.