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Restricted from Giving ❤️s

Howdy, y’all. Happy Saturday?

I’d be happier if I stuck in shadows without my consent.

While waiting for Twitter to respond about what’s happening with my account, I’m playing with the options that site has left open for me during the poorly explained restrictions.

Twitter is ignoring my instructions from WordPress. The restrictions twitter.com also carry over to tweetdeck. I wasn’t left with many options to tell Twitter-only followers why I’ve gone silent. Mostly all I can do @writeramlynn is change my settings and profile information.

So that’s what I’ve updated!

My profile shows that I’m:

  • under restrictions,
  • trying to talk to Twitter Support, and
  • posting about the situation on this website (Shadows in Mind).

I’ve removed the “Hiding in the woods” joke in my location, because that’s not funny to me at this time.

Choosing to hide away is different from being forcibly hidden away, and I feel that with the horrific stealing of rights happening in the world these days, that difference should be respected.

By the way, I do see notifications from those of you who are responding to my pre-lockout tweets and trying to get Twitter Support’s attention for me. Thank you for thinking of me! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

 

Blanked-out profile with message from Twitter: "Caution: This account is temporarily restricted"

Restricted from Giving ❤️s

Howdy, y’all. Happy Saturday?

I’d be happier if I stuck in shadows without my consent.

While waiting for Twitter to respond about what’s happening with my account, I’m playing with the options that site has left open for me during the poorly explained restrictions.

Twitter is ignoring my instructions from WordPress. The restrictions twitter.com also carry over to tweetdeck. I wasn’t left with many options to tell Twitter-only followers why I’ve gone silent. Mostly all I can do @writeramlynn is change my settings and profile information.

So that’s what I’ve updated!

My profile shows that I’m:

  • under restrictions,
  • trying to talk to Twitter Support, and
  • posting about the situation on this website (Shadows in Mind).

I’ve removed the “Hiding in the woods” joke in my location, because that’s not funny to me at this time.

Choosing to hide away is different from being forcibly hidden away, and I feel that with the horrific stealing of rights happening in the world these days, that difference should be respected.

By the way, I do see notifications from those of you who are responding to my pre-lockout tweets and trying to get Twitter Support’s attention for me. Thank you for thinking of me! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

 

Yellow duckling sitting on sandy ground © AdinaVoicu

Twitter Limitations

The status of my @writeramlynn account hasn’t changed since I blogged about it on Wednesday. With the restrictions keeping me from interacting with others on Twitter is making me feel left out.

I can log in but can do almost nothing other than view content and unfollow accounts. Twitter won’t allow me to tweet, like or retweet, follow anyone new, add to lists, or send direct messages. These activities are blocked with alerts.

Please try again. And again. And again. Have you given up yet?

What’s new is that unlike a couple of days ago, I was able to submit a contact form to Twitter from its Help Center.

Twitter responded with a generic response asserting that my account “may be compromised by a user or a service not associated with Twitter.” The email contained simple instructions, which I’ve followed. I’ve also checked again for any signs of suspicious activity or unauthorized connections within my account. For the record, I’ve found none.

Again, I’m waiting to see what happens next.

Yellow duckling sitting on sandy ground © AdinaVoicu
Feeling like a lame duck. Photo © AdinaVoicu

Additional Update–Saturday, August 11: The form email from Twitter instructed me to reply to if the issues continued after a few hours. I sent a reply this morning.

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Suspicious Activity on Twitter

Have you seen my Twitter account in the past couple of days? Probably not. Even the people who click a link to view it directly are cautioned against viewing my profile.

"Caution: This account is temporary restricted" notice
Just click “Yes”

I’m not entirely sure what happened. Twitter locked me out while I was in my account doing usual things yesterday.

I followed the steps on the screen to confirm I’m human and could provide a phone number. Twitter immediately announced that my account was unlocked.

Message: "Account unlocked."

Going through the process was unnerving. I read Twitter’s Rules again, because, yes, I would like to prevent future lockouts. The rules gave me no clue as to what triggered the lockout.

At least the process was quick, I thought.

Unfortunately, no, the ordeal hasn’t ended. I attempted to tweet about what happened. Twitter refused every one of my attempts.

Message: "This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can't complete this action right now. Please try again later."
My account is unlocked, but I’m supposed to not make any noise from it?

Not only that, but I’m not allowed to show appreciation for others’ tweets. Twitter is denying my attempts to like or retweet others’ posts on the site.

This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can’t complete this action right now. Please try again later.

I’ve checked over my profile, tweets, and settings for signs that someone else has acted from my account. Nothing looks suspicious to me except for Twitter’s notices.

The insulting part of this is that while I’m left figuring out what’s happening, Twitter is acting if as I’m the threat.

Screenshot of restricted account
This is what people are seeing when they click to view my profile

Why? What rule did I break? I couldn’t tweet anyone for answers yesterday, so today, I went to Twitter’s Help Center.

The Help Center is not helpful. Twitter already acknowledged me as the owner. What else do they want?

Twitter says I should’ve received an email about all of this. My email address is correct and my email notifications are turned on. A search turned up nothing in my email folders about this incident. Why am I not receiving emails about the security of my account if that’s the concern?

Okay, then! The next step on the journey for answers was to contact Twitter’s support team. They’re not known for quick responses, but an answer next month is better than nothing. Right?

Login issue contact form with message, "Try again later: Your computer or network may be sending automated queries"

Google’s CAPTCHA challenged me, like, a dozen times before deciding that I’m a bot. All I can do is nothing, apparently.

People have treated me as if I’m not human before. A bot treating me like a bot is even more frustrating.

At this point, I’m tempted to delete my @writeramlynn account. All I’m fighting for is the opportunity to micro-blog about writing, fiction publishing, folklore, and nature photography, which make up the majority of my tweets.

We’ll see what happens in another couple of days.


Update: My account was unlocked fours days after this post. Read my Twitter updates to see what happened.

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Self-Propellent to a Mile High Convention

Update: The campaign has closed, and the event has passed. A following post shared my thoughts after MileHiCon 50.


Hello,

This is a different type of post than I’ve written before. Below is an excerpt from my GoFundMe fundraiser.

MileHiCon is an annual literary speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) event in Colorado. It’s not a huge event like WorldCon (a literary event) or ComicCon (for comics, often focused on speculative fiction), making it considerably less expensive. It’s more accommodating to marginalized participants than most. For me, it’s the best for connecting with friends and publishing experts. This year is special in that it’s bringing together big names in the industry to celebrate the convention’s 50th anniversary. The list includes authors we would love to see again.

Connecting with my writing peers is important. I have none to meet up with in person unless I travel. The people I’ve already met offline will be at this year’s MileHiCon. After this opportunity, I might not see them again for years.

My husband has fewer contacts online and no local friends.

Attending MileHiCon this year is important for our mental health.

The money I make from writing is not enough to cover trip expenses. My husband’s work covers most of our daily expenses. We need a break from our daily lives. That also includes a break from worrying about how much everything, from toothpaste to a hospital visit costs. In this case, the break we want is from worrying about how we’ll pay back the cost of flying to and from our previous home.

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MileHiCon 49 was a good experience in 2017

I was raised to believe that the only people who deserve wealth of any kind are those who work for it. That made sense to me as a child. What I knew best was chronic pain and criticisms. I was hungry, hurt, scared, and living in unsafe environments because I wasn’t the right combination of smart enough, strong enough, or appealing enough. Somehow, I could work my way to a better life despite all of my flaws.

That’s not true. Most of us aren’t born with the right amount of luck for wealth.

Knowing that, I still can’t shake the feeling I don’t deserve “handouts”. I’m guessing this is a common feeling in Americans who have lived near poverty lines. It’s one of the misconceptions about poverty and the value of a person.

The feeling that I shouldn’t ask for help doesn’t reflect how I respond about others asking for help. One of the first things I do (which I was also told was wrong) when I receive money I wasn’t expecting is to divide it. I might always owe more than I can give, but I want people to know that I appreciate their help, whether it’s for free services or inspirational art. (I am horrible at sending friends and families gifts; however, that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of anxiety-saturated complications.)

The desire to share windfalls, interestingly, a reaction that’s studied. British researchers recently found that we tend to share more when we luck out than when we fight for a resource.

If you gain a high status through effort rather than chance, she said, you are more likely to want to keep what you earned. When your wealth is limited, you have more of an incentive to cooperate.

The concept that people get what they put into works out for the lucky. For many of us, it leads instead to injuries, trauma, exhaustion, and depression as we attempt to work harder for a system that consistently awards those at the top the most.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that I feel the need to justify asking anyone for anything, even if it’s $5 that can save a reduce anxiety for a week.

Sincerely,
A.M. Lynn

 

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On Posts’ Status and Comments

Maybe no one else knows. I was trying for Weird Science in the News on the last Friday of the month and a weekly post with one of my poems or stories every Saturday. That didn’t work out this weekend.

Focusing on the past won’t change it. I’m moving ahead with plans for this next week.

One thing, though. I clicked Like instead of responding to a few comments on my posts. That continues to feel as if it needs to be addressed.

A Like shows a response (I like this!) but not an interest in conversation. Please know that while I’m not quick at responding, I do think about visitors.  What’s really nice is when people feel comfortable commenting.

Comments help me know how posts are receieved, and anyone else who has taken time to read my thoughts might benefit from yours.

Thanks for reading!


PS: Happy Canada Day! Thank you for all that you do for yourselves and the world, Canadians. Your country’s existence brings hope to many in the U.S.A. in our darkest days.



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Water Cooler and Other Writing Forums

Does anyone else remember chats at the office water cooler? I was looking for images for this post and realized that mainstream corporate culture has changed so much that maybe people hovering in a corner at breaks for a chance to talk about personal issues with less of a risk of a disciplinary meeting is unfamiliar.

Anyway, this post is about other types of changes. I’ve removed a note from my Writing Resources page, which is under “processes –> links go to new spaces”.

Which sites host good forums for writers?

Note: I recommend avoiding Absolute Write until they complete their security updates.

Absolute Write (AW) updated their server to add encryption to their Water Cooler forums. That means they’ve better secured the information you give them–for example, at registration, when you share your birthday and email address.

Read more about What Is HTTPS, and Why Should I Care? (at How-to-Geek).

My web browsers seem happy with the new encryption, so I’m happy with AW’s security. Absolute Write Water Cooler is a new addition to my list.

Also, I’ve registered as a member!

My current concern is that AW appears to be no more active than most writing sites, including the relevant forums at SFFWorld. I’m tempted to go outside of the regular, year-round forums and join a cabin at Camp NaNoWriMo for conversation next month.


What about you? Are you a writer? Do you frequent a writing forum online?

 

 

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Vision (or, Menu Labels)

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Photo by Nita on Pexels.com

Happy Monday! That’s still today where I live.

A friend commented on my site’s navigation menu. I know, the labels are strange, and I’ve realized that an explanation might help visitors–like you!

Here’s what I mean by the current, cutesy menu titles.

thoughts: my main blog page.

glimmers: flash fiction, tiny essays, poetry, novel excerpts (one of these days), and story notes. These are the blog posts about my creative writing.

processes: non-fiction for writers. This contains a sub-menu:

  • links go to new spaces: list of external writing resources.
  • science inspires: my Weird Science in the News posts.
  • story formatting matters: formatting guide for short story submissions.

contact: a webform that will send your message to my email.

Make sense? Please let me know below if it doesn’t.

Thanks for playing in the Shadows.



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Settling Into a New Webspace

Welcome to Shadows in Mind

This new blog is starting fresh after more than eight years of false starts and interruptions. Did you notice the URL for this site? It’s finally shadowsinmind.net instead of a .wordpress domain name.

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something to caw about

What to Expect

Most of my content should show up later this year under to category pages. If that doesn’t make sense now, that’s okay. (I’m confused in the chaos, too.) What should happen is that you’ll see simpler menus and regular posts, some familiar if you followed the old site but some entirely new.

For example, tomorrow’s scheduled blog post is Weird Science in News, which will link to articles from the past week of popular science news. Saturday’s post will feature an old story of mine. That story will be categorized as a “glimmer”.

I’m expecting to blog a story every week through the summer. Please let me know if you want to see anything in particular on this site.


Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to follow for updates!