Boy did Linkedin and Reid Hoffman ever mess up with last fall’s big anti-spam move. Apparently millions of Linkediners have now lost their ability to post and carry on conversations as a result. So what happened? Well the geniuses at Linkedin decided to introduce a new feature to fight spam. The feature allows any group moderator to tag a user as a spammer and block them from posting again. However, what happens now is that the user isthen blocked from posting in any of his or her 50 groups. Before last fall, moderators only had the ability to block a user from their own group. Now it’s global.
What makes this new power so hideously unfair is that the victim cannot find out who tagged them or why. It could be any moderator in your 50 groups.
If you contact customer support they tell you it’s your problem and that you need to beg each group to restore your posting privileges. This can take months because many moderators never bother to check the Limbo known as “PostsAwaiting Review.”
But it gets worse.
Even if you struggle over a few months to regain most of your posting privileges there is nothing to stop it from happening again.
Way to go, Linkedin!
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