Foiled…by a Moderator


Foiled…thwarted…hindered…impeded…frustrated. Have you ever been foiled by a moderator? I mean, have you ever had a post deleted by the folks who watch over Facebook groups? They have a hard job to do, I know, keeping people in line, making sure that everybody stays nice to each other, and not allowing the rules to be broken. I don’t envy them their jobs at all. But I don’t always understand why they do things either.

And yes, I’m frustrated. You may know that I have a desire to grow my blog, which is part of the reason that I jumped in to the #31dayblogchallenge. I blog here, share to my own Facebook, and occasionally crosspost to one or two groups.

Usually, I have no problems with moderators. I do share links to my blog, but I try really hard to make sure I’m within the guidelines for the group. This week was different, though. I had two different things deleted. Both were blog posts, shared from Lori East Quilts on Facebook, each to a different page. Both were deleted without explanation. One came with a rather nasty email notification, but no explanation.

I won’t name the pages that deleted my posts because that serves no purpose at all. I did post a question on one of them, though, under their rules, asking why my stuff got deleted. Their rules read,

NO SELLING/ADVERTISING your finished items, business, or other FB groups or links. No watermarks with your shop name, Etsy business, FB page, etc. are allowed on photos. If you’re concerned about someone stealing your photos you may watermark them with your Facebook/Real name only.

When I asked why my post was deleted, the moderator replied that,

“Links to Blogs, Pages, Websites, etc., aren’t allowed per Group Rules. The group content is kept free from advertising, marketing & self promotion for the members.”

I apologized and suggested that maybe they amend the rules to reflect that since I saw no mention of blogs in the paragraph above and I had no watermarks on my photo. I told her further that I was not selling anything, merely sharing my work. She responded that I am “fine,” whatever that means. The post was still gone.

The second time it happened was when I posted a photo of my little gray and orange quilt, crowdsourcing a name for it. There were gazillions of responses. When I sat down Friday afternoon to write them down so I could pick one, I opened Facebook and, Poof! The post was gone. I thought surely I had made a mistake and looked again. I then frantically looked on every possible page and in every possible group I would have even thought of posting it to. It was just gone. I texted a friend and asked her to look for it, and even looked at the link I sent the quilter so she could help me pick. Nope. Nada. All gone and links broken. I was seriously disappointed. Who wouldn’t be? I have asked for the moderators to message me privately and will ask them what happened but the fact is that that post, too, is just gone.

A lot of the possible names were in my head (I had just looked at it not an hour earlier), so I can recreate part of it from memory, but am surely missing some of the many great suggestions. It’s awful to disappoint people, but I could only pick one name anyway, right?

So, there you go. What is a blogger to do? I guess I will stay right here and post to my own Facebook but not try to crosspost much anymore. It’s all good. It’s actually much simpler.

In the meantime, I have a quilt name to pick! Stay tuned to find out what it is!

Until then check out some of the other bloggers who are participating in the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. There are now 28 of us who’ve joined in. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new blog you love. Be sure to let them know you’ve stopped by, huh? We all appreciate it!

  • Mary Cobb Pyles

    Art in motion!!

    • Lori East

      Thanks, Mary!

  • Bill V.

    It’s sad when guidelines become an impetus for control freaks to avoid sharing the podium. The only way to be truly successful is to hand that microphone over to friends and let them speak every once in a while.

    • Lori East

      I agree, Bill. I know they probably have hundreds of people who break the rules, and undoubtedly get sick of having to mitigate the problems, but sheesh.

      • Bill V.

        Undermoderating is no less of a crime, as we’ve seen in other forums.

        • Lori East

          True, Bill. As I said, I wouldn’t want the job!

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