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Facebook Blocks Users From Mentioning BugMeNot.com

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the sorry-charlie dept.

Social Networks 448

ThinkingInBinary writes "The other day, I was trying to mention bugmenot.com in my Facebook status, and I discovered to my horror that Facebook blocks the phrase 'bugmenot.com' as "abusive" in status updates, messages, and presumably any other communications on the site. Facebook isn't even listed on BugMeNot, as they requested that logins for Facebook be blocked. This is pretty ridiculous, as I can't even send my friends a message mentioning bugmenot.com!"

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448 comments

That is ridiculous (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890919)

On Slashdot, I can mention [abusive language filtered] or even [abusive language filtered], why can't I do it on [abusive language filtered]?

Total [abusive language filtered], I say.

Re:That is ridiculous (5, Funny)

pilgrim23 (716938) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891023)

Years ago I recall a tracking system at a place I worked where the text field was parced as code. It saw the word "in" apearing in the sentence in text as an INSERT and the word preceeding it as a variable in which it would insert the word following, then truncate everything else.
    Thus the phrase

  THERE IS A FIRE IN THE BUILDING! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES
  would show as

THERE IS A THE.

Later this was repaired and the designer went on to work developing web design at
Facebook....

Re:That is ridiculous (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891091)

On Slashdot, I can mention [abusive language filtered] or even [abusive language filtered], why can't I do it on [abusive language filtered]?

Total [abusive language filtered], I say.

It has been observed that people who practice censorship usually have limited minds and are secretly oppressive in character. Appeals to logic and rational thought will fail. Just be happy they didn't also make you wear a yellow star on your sleeve.

Re:That is ridiculous (3, Funny)

Jim Hall (2985) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891345)

Just be happy they didn't also make you wear a yellow star on your sleeve.

Godwin's law [wikipedia.org] has been invoked. This discussion thread is now dead. Anonymous Coward loses.

Re:That is ridiculous (2, Insightful)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891341)

Funny, but anybody who has tried to post code, logs, or something atypical of normal prose on Slashdot has probably run into the lameness filter at one point or another and had to either "massage" it to sneak it past the filter, or simply delete that part of their comment.

Re:That is ridiculous (3, Funny)

The Redster! (874352) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891403)

I don't suppose it's possible to get an exception in the lameness filter for the word "developers," is it? We really need that.

Re:That is ridiculous (2, Informative)

dmmiller2k (414630) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891515)

Anyone remember [expletive deleted], circa Watergate?

Yes you can (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890921)

This is pretty ridiculous, as I can't even send my friends a message mentioning bugmenot.com!

Of course you can, you just can't use Facebook. Which is probably for the best anyway.

Good point, parent (5, Insightful)

Kludge (13653) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891017)

Allowing a single corporate entity to control your communication is a bad idea. I suggest this new thing called "email", which is offered by a large number of different providers, and not censored by most.

Re:Good point, parent (4, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891195)

Or, if you want more immediate communication, there's XMPP, a similarly open standard for instant messaging. I run my own server, but quite a few people on my contacts list use Google's one.

Re:Yes you can (5, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891051)

Indeed. I'm trying very hard to get incensed here, but I just can't work up a reason to care. Oh noes! I must say "Bug Me Not website" when talking about BugMeNot! Horror of horrors! Shocker of Shockers! Quick, make a comparison to Nazi totalitarism! Facebook is like... Hitler, that's it!

Conspicuously absent is any mention of negative actions taken by Facebook. They didn't close his account, they didn't sue him, they didn't kick his dog. They didn't do anything other than remove a link to a site. Whoop de do. Try typing a URL into Youtube comments sometime and see how far you get.

Re:Yes you can (5, Funny)

Net_fiend (811742) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891393)

Why does a dog always have to be kicked? Why can't it be a cat or a rabbit?

Now, I understand why it wouldn't be a snake or a lizard. One a snake would a)slither away or b)bite the bejesus out of you and a lizard would probably just flick its tongue and scamper off.

But can we just leave the dogs out of it? This message is not brought by PETA.

Re:Yes you can (2, Interesting)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891057)

It's not the best filter anyways... as you are still (currently) allowed to use "bugmenot" without the .com so you can still say "bugmenot website" etc...

Re:Yes you can (2, Informative)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891259)

Exactly. If you don't have a person's email address, then they're not exactly your 'friend', are they? Yeah, everyone has 500 friends these, they're just that popular! Yet how many of these friends would they trust their housekeys to?

Re:Yes you can (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891285)

That was marked as insightful? A little like the old "If you don't like the way Bush runs america, you can move, america sucks anyway." That's not a good solution. Yes, there are issues with it, but there are some good uses with it too. For one thing, it's a great procrastination tool.

Re:Yes you can (2, Insightful)

Von Helmet (727753) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891379)

Well, given that one is a website that you don't have to use, as against a country in which you live without a huge amount of choice, I'd say that analogy is absurd.

Re:Yes you can (2, Funny)

janrinok (846318) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891471)

I'd say that analogy is absurd.

Of course it is. Not a single vehicle was mentioned, nor is there any similarity between the subject argument and roads, vehicle taxes or anything else related to transport. It is obvious that /. is going to the dogs....

That's impossible (3, Funny)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890923)

You can't block someone from saying something like

Re:That's impossible (5, Funny)

halivar (535827) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890985)

30 seconds is the different between (Score:5, Funny) and (Score:-1, Redundant).

I think moderation should switch to (Score:Gold Medal) and (Score:Silver Medal) so late punsters don't feel so bad.

Re:That's impossible (5, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891293)

Yeah, but do we take away the (Score: Gold Medal) from the Chinese posters who lied about their karma bonus?

I can't get to bugmenot.com at work either. (3, Interesting)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890931)

Everyone seems to have a problem with it. It's really bugged me that I've never been able to get to bugmenot from work:

Access to this web page is restricted at this time.

Reason:
The Websense category "Hacking" is filtered.

URL:
http://www.bugmenot.com/ [bugmenot.com]

Re:I can't get to bugmenot.com at work either. (2)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891149)

Bypassing 15 pages of annoying registration to read a newspaper online is 'hacking'? Who knew.

Slashdotted? (1)

JeepFanatic (993244) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890939)

So of course I'm trying to load bugmenot.com to see what it is and true to form ... it appears to be slashdotted already.

Re:Slashdotted? (1)

JeepFanatic (993244) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890971)

I take that back ... it's responding now.

Re:Slashdotted? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891221)

Thanks for the update. I was really concerned there for a moment.

Re:Slashdotted? (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891523)

Dude, I was going to post "mod parent funny", now I have to say "mod parent fucking hilarious!"

What Bug Me Not is (4, Informative)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891307)

Just for reference for those who may also be blocked or otherwise can't get to it...

You know all those sites where you have to register for a free account in order to access the content, sites where there's no real logical reason why you should have to register for an account except for the purpose of them harvesting your e-mail and personal information?

What Bug Me Not does is provide usernames and passwords for registrations that people have created and uploaded to their site that you can use to access content without giving up your personal information.

Perhaps a simple example would make it more clear. Let's say you go to some news site, and they insist that in order to access the site, you register for a free account. Of course, they want your name, address, and e-mail address. Even after you fill out your information, they drop you a registration e-mail that you have to validate. Then, and only then, you can access the site.

If you don't want to go through these hoops or give up your information to them, what you can do instead is go to Bug Me Not. Punch in the site name, and voila, you get a username and password you can use to access the site that someone else has already registered. If one doesn't exist and you're motivated enough, you can register one (probably using a service like Mailinator) and provide the username and password so that the next schmoe that comes along that needs one will have it.

There's also a nice Bug Me Not Firefox extension [mozilla.org] that will automagically fill in the information for you so that you don't even have to bother going to the web site.

The only problem, as someone else mentioned, is that if you're behind a content filter, some companies tag Bug Me Not as a "hacking" site. (As is Mailinator, usually.) Obviously, some people have trouble with the concept of people who don't like giving out their personal e-mail addresses or other personal information just to read a frickin' article.

FBmenot.com (2, Insightful)

bigdaddyhame (623739) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890943)

Your life is not limited to FB. If you want to tell a friend about bugmenot.com then send them a proper email, not a social marketing tool.

Re:FBmenot.com (4, Interesting)

mustafap (452510) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891103)

or write a letter.

Try it, it's fun. I even bought a fountain pen. It feels nicer than a biro, or typing on the keyboard.

I have the workaround! (3, Funny)

bunratty (545641) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890955)

They don't anyone to know this, but the way around it is to

What!? (-1, Redundant)

bunratty (545641) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890981)

They not only removed my instructions, but they also removed the word "want". Don't those censors know the proper way is to

Re:I have the workaround! (5, Informative)

42forty-two42 (532340) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891153)

It's quite simple actually. Go to wikipedia's article on spaces [wikipedia.org] and copypaste U+2060 ('word joiner') into the middle of the domain. Then carefully remove the brackets around it (you will be able to tell it's there because you will have to use left/right arrow keys twice to get past it). Now the resulting text won't trip facebook's filter.

Re:I have the workaround! (1)

frieko (855745) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891477)

Actually it appears that the way around it is to post it to Slashdot. I just changed my status and it wasn't censored.

another "Do more evil" clone? (3, Insightful)

peter303 (12292) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890961)

The bigger they get, the more arrogant they get.

Re:another "Do more evil" clone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891227)

It's the facebook way to say "mine is bigger than yours!"

Re:another "Do more evil" clone? (1)

StackedCrooked (1204878) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891417)

So suppose you started a company. The bigger it would get...

Re:another "Do more evil" clone? (5, Insightful)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891433)

Since when has Facebook been about anything but data mining and user tracking?

Re:another "Do more evil" clone? (4, Interesting)

globaljustin (574257) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891443)

another "Do more evil" clone?

Yes. If you've looked at their redesign that will be implemented soon, you know what I mean. They basically split the functions of the site across 4 or 5 pages instead of just the one, so now you have to click more to see the same amount of content. The whole redesign is made to get more page views of their ads.

I hate it, but I'm old. I remember when the internet and the WWW came to suburbia back in the mid 90s. Almost all internet sites were free, if you had the hardware to access them, just like facebook.com is right now. It's free.

Somehow, someone who has no understanding of economics managed to convince themselves that facebook.com was worth hundreds of millions for investment. It's not. It never will be. It's a free website that has some cool widgets and lets you keep up with your friends. It's not like they have a patent on social networking.

Here's what will happen. Facebook will have to continually make its interface more intrusive in order to please their investors and advertisers. As that happens, they will loose users. Eventually another site will pop up that has the same functionality as facebook.com only without all the BS. People will begin to use it, and the internet circle of life continues.

Strange Definition of Abuse (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890963)

It's great that they're trying to reduce abuse but I had no problem posting about YouVacuousCoffeeNosedMaloderousPervert.com [orangecow.org] on my FaceBook profile. They sure do have a strange definition of what is & isn't abusive.

Freedom is an illusion... (0, Offtopic)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890977)

... freedom of speech doubly so.

Re:Freedom is an illusion... (4, Informative)

rah1420 (234198) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891247)

At the risk of getting the hook set in my mouth, I am going to dive in and take the big risk that you know that "Freedom of Speech" only refers to the law that Congress can't abridge it. [usconstitution.net]

I'm sure you realize that it doesn't at all stop private people or entities from abridging "freedom of speech" (sometimes called 'freedom of speach') all they want?

Re:Freedom is an illusion... (2, Insightful)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891531)

you know that "Freedom of Speech" only refers to the law that Congress can't abridge it. [usconstitution.net]

A valid point in the U.S. but what does it mean to the majority of humanity?

:-)

Not true? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24890983)

I just updated my current status to "bugmenot.com" and posted a note with the title and content of "bugmenot.com" and both got through fine.

Maybe Facebook saw this post and did some fast damage control.

Fortunately, "BugMeNot" isn't blocked. (0, Flamebait)

MostAwesomeDude (980382) | more than 5 years ago | (#24890993)

So all of you with Facebook accounts, change your status, write a note, make a group. Do something to get people noticing the existence of BugMeNot. It's a great tool, and the admins of Facebook are being dicks by blocking it.

Re:Fortunately, "BugMeNot" isn't blocked. (1)

quantum bit (225091) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891071)

BugMeNot: it's dot com!

Re:Fortunately, "BugMeNot" isn't blocked. (2, Funny)

avronius (689343) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891397)

Thank you Homestar!

Re:Fortunately, "BugMeNot" isn't blocked. (0, Flamebait)

PIBM (588930) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891165)

The best thing for those with a facebook account would be to do nothing. Let facebook die of a slow, painfull death. =)

Comminity vs. just facebook. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891003)

Just as many people who are ProChoice and will never have an abortion, or even advocate that anyone should. It is more about principal then actuality. It is about the rights of the site owners, if they want a login page and not have full anonymous access that is their choice. The Old BBS's of the 80's and 90's almost all required you to create a login account and sometimes call verified you back. BugMeNot is an attempt to bypass the website owners will to use the site. As well it also has logins for many Paid sites getting into the companies profit. So they may block it for the principal that they don't want people to use sites against the owners will.

Re:Comminity vs. just facebook. (2, Insightful)

hedwards (940851) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891147)

That's their prerogative, but it's kind of ridiculous to expect somebody that just needs to read one answer on one occasion to have to create a log in.

It's not like sites covered by bugmenot are typically pay sites anyways, most of them just have the arrogance to think that somebody is going to come back after being treated like that.

As far as I'm concerned it's perfectly understandable why sites that allow posting would require a log in to post. But to require a log in to read free articles is a bit tough to stomach.

So, I just don't go to those sites. They could have had a couple extra views of the ads, but instead they get nothing at all.

Commercial sites are a completely different manner, and I think most of them have rules about log in sharing.

Re:Comminity vs. just facebook. (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891217)

BugMeNot is an attempt to bypass the website owners will to use the site. As well it also has logins for many Paid sites getting into the companies profit. So they may block it for the principal that they don't want people to use sites against the owners will.

The counter argument being that if the authentication were ACTUALLY USEFUL, NECESSARY, AND VALUABLE TO THE END USER, there would be no sharing it. Can you imagine sharing your password if the site were pay-per-click, for example?

If I can sign up to your site as 'fred@flintstone.com' and get everything I wanted/needed from it, why the hell did you ask me for an email address?

Likewise, if I can 'share' the account of some other registered user, why should I sign up for one of my own?

Re:Comminity vs. just facebook. (1)

Lord Apathy (584315) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891325)

That is the email address that I usually sign up with.....

Re:Comminity vs. just facebook. (2, Insightful)

superphreak (785821) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891249)

Nice point... except that they (FB) are not blocking bugmenot, they are allegedly blocking people from saying "bugmenot.com," and bugmenot.com doesn't list facebook, and facebook is free... so your point is...?

And.... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891007)

Who gives a shit. Next story please.

WTH? (0, Redundant)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891019)

[Message Content Restricted]

Re:WTH? (1)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891297)

/. is blocked from bugmenot. Ironic, no?

New Technology (1)

josephtd (817237) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891021)

And now would be a good time to start your transition to new and exciting methods of communication... like email!

I don't see the problem here (0, Flamebait)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891033)

What's the problem? Only a moron would use idiotic social networking sites like Facebook as a replacement for email. What the hell is wrong with today's young people anyway, that they're so happy to sign up to be serfs for corporate interests, and give up any privacy they ever had? Instant messaging, social networking sites are all corporate-controlled. Anything you do on there is subject to their rules, no matter how silly they may be. Anything you say can be seen by them. There is no expectation of privacy. If you want the freedom to say what you want, you have to use email. Except that today's stupid young people think that email is "old fashioned" and only for talking to "old" (over 30) people.

Re:I don't see the problem here (1)

vimm (1300813) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891299)

What's the problem? Only a moron would use idiotic social networking sites like Facebook as a replacement for email. What the hell is wrong with today's young people anyway, that they're so happy to sign up to be serfs for corporate interests, and give up any privacy they ever had? Instant messaging, social networking sites are all corporate-controlled. Anything you do on there is subject to their rules, no matter how silly they may be. Anything you say can be seen by them. There is no expectation of privacy. If you want the freedom to say what you want, you have to use email. Except that today's stupid young people think that email is "old fashioned" and only for talking to "old" (over 30) people.

You've got to be kidding. Facebook et all are just the next iteration of posting in forums, and does a pretty good job of fitting a person & their interests & what they're up to onto a web page. It's a different beast than email, for a different purpose - to share current ideas and events w/ a multitude. The closest thing to that is a blog.

This is a problem because the corporation behind this forum is tightening its grip on millions of users. We're not going to go back to paper letters, and USENET is gone now too. Facebook has to either be very clear about what their content rules are (here, profanity), because of the precedent set by those older services.

Maybe now you can see the problem?

Why is this news? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891035)

Seriously, who the hell cares about crap like this?
If you don't have an email address to send suspect sites to when you sign up for them, you fail miserably at the internet.

If you're so damn lazy that you can't take the 5 seconds to click through a registration and put in your bogus email address, you fail even more miserably at life.

Simple (0, Redundant)

BLAG-blast (302533) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891045)

Stop using facebook. You've got plenty of other choices...

Are you sure? (1)

Psychotic_Wrath (693928) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891047)

Re:Are you sure? (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891315)

Sadly you can't view other people's status without an account (I guess). I guess I'll just pop over to BugMeNot [bugmenot.com] and...

Facebook isn't even listed on BugMeNot [bugmenot.com] , as they requested that logins for Facebook be blocked.

DAMMIT!

Seems a bit ironic, I can't verify that Facebook isn't blocking BugMeNot because they requested BugMeNot block them...

Re:Are you sure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891529)

Checked Slashdot for giggles and assurances, its barred from being listed as well. :)

honestly (3, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891049)

there is no reason why they cannot do this. it is their website, their policy. of course they will piss some people off, of course they went ahead with this filter fully aware it would bother some people

on the flip side, you are not a zombie craven to facebook. it is entirely in your power to use some other service. facebook is not the end all be all.

there was geocities, tripod, xanga, friendster, myspace, and now facebook. it is time for you to simply discover the next social networking app in a long line of apps that come and go every couple of years

Re:honestly (5, Insightful)

Osurak (1013927) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891085)

Of course they *can* do it. The issue is whether they *should* do it.

Re:honestly (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891301)

Facebook is no longer a college thing. It is a place where tweens chat and high school kids hook up. What does this matter? They can no longer play fast and loose. If it is going they are pretty much going to have to create restrictions that are not cool. If we are going to have a place to go, then there will have to compromises.

Re:honestly (3, Insightful)

Rakishi (759894) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891235)

They can do whatever they want. Likewise we can complain and make fun of them for what they do all we want. If nothing else it lets others know about what the companies policies are and sometimes it may even make the company change their policies.

Companies are run by humans and sometimes they make mistakes or underestimate how much people don't like something. If you don't let them know then how do expect them to know? Magic? Telepathic elves trapped in the basement?

Re:honestly (5, Funny)

Jay L (74152) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891419)

I, personally, agree 100% with circletimessquare when he says:

there is no reason why they cannot do this. it is their website, their policy.

But some would beg to differ. For a counterpoint from a simpler era, let's turn to a user named "circletimessquare", back in early September, 2008, who wrote [slashdot.org] :

shun chrome. i don't care if its the best thing since sliced bread. the problem is what it represents in terms of power and dominance in the hands of one company. that's bad for everyone

Clearly, the debate over corporate dominance has bitterly divided friends, families, and even individuals.

who the fuck? (2, Insightful)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891059)

who the fuck cares? The amount of utterly trivial "stories" on slashdot is unbelievably high at the moment. Could the editors please put a stop to this?

Re:who the fuck? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891187)

Stop reading slashdot. You've got plenty of other choices...

Re:who the fuck? (0)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891435)

Stop reading slashdot. You've got plenty of other choices...

PWNED!

People still use bugmenot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891061)

I haven't needed it in a while. Granted, all my news is gleaned from Google, Fark and /. headlines, but still, I haven't had to use it to read a quoted article in a while. What news sites still require it?

I do have Mozilla set to accept all cookies for session only -- could that be it? They think they're setting their tracking cookie, then it's gone next time, so I'm a perpetual new user, and never someone to nag about registering?

Now "bugmenot" is overloaded (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891063)

Well, their traffic is up. I can ping them, but HTTP connections are timing out.

corepirate nazis block USers from reality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891073)

many folks almost never look up anymore anyway. greed, fear & ego are unprecedented evile's primary weapons. those, along with deception & coercion, helps most of us remain (unwittingly?) dependent on its' life0cidal hired goons' agenda. most of yOUR dwindling resources are being squandered on the 'wars', & continuation of the billionerrors stock markup FraUD/pyramid schemes. nobody ever mentions the real long term costs of those debacles in both life & the notion of prosperity, not to mention the abuse of the consciences of those of us who still have one. see you on the other side of it. the lights are coming up all over now. conspiracy theorists are being vindicated. some might choose a tin umbrella to go with their hats. the fairytail is winding down now. let your conscience be yOUR guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. there are still some choices. if they do not suit you, consider the likely results of continuing to follow the corepirate nazi hypenosys story LIEn, whereas anything of relevance is replaced almost instantly with pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking propaganda or 'celebrity' trivia 'foam'. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

http://news.google.com/?ncl=1216734813&hl=en&topic=n
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon1.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=c4b5414371631707&ei=5087%0A
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/world/29amnesty.html?hp
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/02/nasa.global.warming.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/05/severe.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/02/honore.preparedness/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/opinion/01dowd.html?em&ex=1212638400&en=744b7cebc86723e5&ei=5087%0A
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/05/senate.iraq/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/washington/17contractor.html?hp
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/world/middleeast/03kurdistan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080708/cheney_climate.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080805/pl_politico/12308;_ylt=A0wNcxTPdJhILAYAVQms0NUE
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080903/ts_nm/environment_arctic_dc;_ylt=A0wNcwhhcb5It3EBoy2s0NUE

is it time to get real yet? A LOT of energy is being squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, most of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're in. for example; the insidious attempts by the felonious corepirate nazi execrable to block the suns' light, interfering with a requirement (sunlight) for us to stay healthy/alive. it's likely not good for yOUR health/memories 'else they'd be bragging about it? we're intending for the whoreabully deceptive (they'll do ANYTHING for a bit more monIE/power) felons to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things/events.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=weather+manipulation&btnG=Search
http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=video+cloud+spraying

dictator style micro management has never worked (for very long). it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & softwar gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster. meanwhile, you can help to stop the bleeding (loss of life & limb);

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/28/vermont.banning.bush.ap/index.html

the bleeding must be stopped before any healing can begin. jailing a couple of corepirate nazi hired goons would send a clear message to the rest of the world from US. any truthful look at the 'scorecard' would reveal that we are a society in decline/deep doo-doo, despite all of the scriptdead pr ?firm? generated drum beating & flag waving propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with. is it time to get real yet? please consider carefully ALL of yOUR other 'options'. the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece

Be a jerk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891093)

Tiny URLs and other such services. Start a war, like the one that brought down digg.

Stand together and fight censorship!

News Flash (1)

Safiire Arrowny (596720) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891113)

Lots of messaging systems filter links to sites.
For instance MSN Messenger will outright reject any message with 'mediafire.com' in it.

The answer is to just not use Facebook. Ever.

Begin the obfuscation (1)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891161)

Right, because simple text blocks always are enough to prevent people from sending dicey messages. That stopped the spammers, right?

If you'll excuse me, I have to check out this bugm3n0t.c0m site, I hear Facebook just Streisanded it into higher popularity. (What? Oh, that's been a verb since 1987 [newspaperarchive.com] actually)

Freed of SP**CH! (1)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891171)

That like so sucks that u kn0w, ur fr33dom of sp33ch has been taken away from U!

You poor unfortunate soul. In pain in need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891191)

Plentyoffish.com doesn't let me mention okcupid.com. I'm gonna complain on slashdot.

So? (3, Insightful)

Swift Kick (240510) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891197)

From your 'blog':

"... it's appalling for Facebook to block anyone from even mentioning the site -- it's plain and simple censorship, and it's unacceptable!"?

Why is it 'appalling' and 'unacceptable'? You do not own Facebook, and when you created an account, you pretty much waived your rights. If I recall correctly, Facebook is still a privately-owned company. They can block whatever they want, whenever they want, for as long as they want.

If you don't like this policy, familiarize yourself with the Terms of Service [facebook.com] before you sign up to similar services.

You're always free to build your own alternative to Facebook; until then, you want to play in their playground, you play by their rules.

workaround (1)

techmuse (160085) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891203)

type b u g m e n o t . c o m

or moc.tonemgub (specify that it should be typed backwards)

or, the first letters of:
better understand great monstrosities explicating new otherworldly titrations
plus a period
plus the first letters of:
commotion obfuscates mysteries

Re:workaround (1)

wraithguard01 (1159479) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891537)

Or, if you are "one-three-three-seven" it could be:
|3|_|6|\/|3|\|07.(0|\/|


... or something like that.

Slowest News Day ... Ever (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891211)

In other news, Slashdot won't let you say the words ****, **** or ****.

Isn't it funny how all the best words are four letters long ?

Unicode to the Rescue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891267)

But this is the world of Unicode we now live in.
Î'ugÎoeeÎot.com will work, becasue the B M and N looking characters are Greek :3

Is this just Viral Marketing? (1)

Paeva (1176857) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891269)

I've tested out putting bugmenot.com in Facebook status messages, and it works just fine... is this a change or has anyone above actually tried it out before posting? This smells of a fake news story to me. In any case, it's dead now.

works for me (3, Informative)

djdead (135363) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891295)

I just tried throwing "bugmenot.com" into my status update and it showed up on my wife's account.

perhaps the best way to unblock things is to submit them to /.

Email FTW! (1)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891303)

Yet people insist on using Facebook as a replacement for email. It's nice how a company can forbid you from mentioning something isn't it? Nice thing about email is it's decentralized... nobody can censor me. Though the NSA still monitors me.

Re:Email FTW! (1)

Yacoby (1295064) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891395)

With all this censorship going on, and the government monitoring everything, we may have to go back to sending letters. Oh the horror

The also ban .. (2, Interesting)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891319)

bugmenot isnt the only site they refuse, they also have censored BME Zine .com [bmezine.com]

im so glad facebook looks out for us.. i wonder if lemonparty is banned?

Leet Your Way Around It (2, Funny)

cenonce (597067) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891371)

8u9mEn0t.C0m

or

bu6m3n07.c0m

or (really throw Facebook)

|}|_|6|\/|3|\|0+.(0|\/|

Re:Leet Your Way Around It (2, Funny)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891473)

|}|_|6|\/|3|\|0+.(0|\/|

Or, perhaps, the even more leet

bugmenot (dot) com

Is this article really crafty Spam? (1)

searob (1147641) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891373)

By submitting something that would controversial, even if it's not true, I think the submitter is just trying to get more page views. It seems to be working since the /. effect is slowing their sites down.

"I tried [product name] and got a [shock]" (1)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891401)

I tried using CREST TOOTHPASTE and my Dentist told me not to anymore because it makes my teeth better and he can't work on 'em anymore because they are SO GOOD AFTER USING CREST TOOTHPASTE!

I'm really not sure why CREST TOOTHPASTE is hated by so many Dentists.

WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE???!!! (arrgh)

ah, wordfilters (1)

Johann Public (542327) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891415)

reminds me of the days where just the mention of that pumpkin-pie loving boogeyman...what was his name now, Candlejack? would cause one's post to end spon

Who cares about bugmenot.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891425)

Who cares about bugmenot.com. Websites block those services all the time. Right with disposable e-mail account services and such.

Tell me again... (1)

Jawn98685 (687784) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891429)

...why the hell I should care about anything that goes on at Facebook?

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24891453)

Is there an obvious reason I'm missing? Blocking bugmenot seems pretty random.

just use the "F" word (1, Funny)

suck_burners_rice (1258684) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891465)

Instead of writing bugmenot.com, just say, "d00dz, ignore the word 'fuck' in the following and go to www dot bug fuck me fuck not fuck dot com d00dz!!"

Direct user to a page that refers to bugmenot.com (1)

The Assistant (1162547) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891485)

If you can't send a user directly there, try sending them indirectly with a link to a page that tells them "where to go"!

Access wants to be anonymous (1)

Butisol (994224) | more than 5 years ago | (#24891533)

As surely as information wants to be free, access wants to be anonymous. A time is coming when a critical mass of people are fed up with this kind of bullshit and these business models based on building marketing profiles based on reams of user data come to an end. People are becoming more educated and fed up with this bullshit. Fuck Facebook.
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