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February 10, 2014


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John Dunn

It has turned out that the above situation has been deliberately inflicted on LinkedIn subscribers. Please see the two e-mails immediately below.

From: LinkedIn Customer Support [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:19 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Access [Ticket: 140212-006249]

LinkedIn Customer Support Message

Subject: Access

Response Via Email (Betsy) 02/14/2014 15:19
Hi John,

I'm sorry for the distress this is causing. As part of our ongoing efforts to make it easier for group managers and moderators to maintain a high level of quality in group discussions, we are now automatically moving promotions posted in the Discussions tab to the Promotions tab.

Any manager or moderator can move an item back to the Discussions area by clicking the “Undo" link next to “Moved by (name)” at the top left of the specific Promotion's detail page.

Also, managers can disable the automatic moving of promotions from Discussions to Promotions by un-checking the box next to "Allow LinkedIn to move promotions automatically out of the Discussions area to the Promotions area" in Group Settings. Here’s how to edit your Group Settings: https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/global/id/10/ft/eng

If the setting is not on, your posts may have been identified by our spam filters which would result in them being published on the Promotions tab. Discussions are for sharing insight and identical topics do not typically apply to all groups.

Lastly, your posts may have been identified by our content filters which would result in them being published on the Promotions tab. Discussions are for sharing insight and identical topics do not typically apply to all groups.

Thank you,

Groups Specialist

From: John Dunn [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 5:36 PM
To: 'LinkedIn Customer Support'
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: RE: Access [Ticket: 140212-006249]

I’ve done some experimenting with this latest problem. Any item that includes a link gets moved to Promotions.

Since all of my items contain references to essays in EDN Magazine’s blogs or to The IEEE Consultants Network of Long Island’s blog or to How2Power’s blog and so forth, every one of my postings must of necessity contain a link.

From what you say, that means every posting I make will now be automatically deleted from Discussions and moved to Promotions where it will not be read by most of the groups’ members.

This is every bit as bad as the SWAM problem and for the same reasons. Most group managers do NOT respond to requests and you already know that.

The problem at hand is your recent (February 6th) change(s) to your spam filters, your content filters, whatever else you might call them.

John Dunn

Howard Edelman

If a writer gets beaten up every time he/she writes something is that considered censorship?

If someone accidentally run over you over with their car, is it considered an accident the second and third time?

Is "It is company policy" the same thing as "I was just following orders"?

Does the end always justify the means?

Is it called "due process" or "do process"?

Just trying to understand the theory behind their actions.

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