[Be sure to catch the update on this update at the end of this post. I expect there will be an update on the update on this update at some point. Because this is just too freaking fun.]
I know. You thought that the World’s Dumbest Feud (©2016 Your Mom) was dead. So did I, but a whole new level of dumb has now brought it back to life. If you’re unfamiliar with the World’s Dumbest Feud (©2016 Your Mom), you can get the background here. It’s a really stupid feud between me and the website College Confidential which led to me being banned from posting the continuation of my popular Hippie College Guide on CC.
But before I get to this whole new level of dumb, I’d like to say hi the moderators at College Confidential. I understand you’re reading my blog. Yay! Hope you’re loving it as much as I’m loving you!
So how did the World’s Dumbest Feud (©2016 Your Mom) come back to life? Well, one of my informants tells me that CC is taking the position that this is all just a big misunderstanding. They’re not really banning me. Instead, it’s a problem with my IP address! There is something wrong with my IP address that is making CC’s system automatically kick out my postings. So it’s all the fault of my IP address and has nothing to do with the content. Nope. Not content related.
The problem with that explanation is that I don’t have a single IP address. I’ve used a bunch of different IP addresses and a bunch of different devices. But no matter which of my many IP addresses I’ve used since they first banned me, my posts get deleted and my access is cut off as soon as I appear as a version of hyppymom.
Notably, I’ve been able to successfully post using many of the same IP addresses — until CC figures out that it’s me. And then I’m banned again. For example, when I logged in as “@realhyppymom,” I was able to post the continuation of our Ohio trip until CC discovered the post, deleted it, and banned @realhyppymom. So, the problem is clearly not my IP address(es). [Update: CC apparently decided to undelete the Ohio post, but @realhyppymom is still unable to post.]
I would call bulls**t on CC’s latest explanation of why I can’t post except that I’m too much of a lady to use such crass language. In fact, I think I just fainted for a moment there.
Moreover, if this were a just a simple misunderstanding, as CC now claims, perhaps they could send me an email telling me that I need to use a different IP address? It’s not that hard to use a different IP address. I could go to the local Starbucks! Or better yet, I could sit on my couch and route my postings through servers in Dallas or Buenos Aires or Ulan Bator or pretty much anywhere else in the world. Then they’ll have different IP addresses. It’s not that hard to do.
And it’s not like CC can’t find me. They’ve managed to contact me to warn me about the contents of my Facebook page, so they know how to get in touch. And if they need my email, they can find it on the contact page here. I’ll be waiting, College Confidential.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE — 9/13/16 @12:45 PDT I was contacted by another CC poster who has apparently been banned because they thought she was I. FFS. It’s not like I’m recruiting terrorists. It’s just a stupid travelogue about visits to hippie colleges.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE TO THE UPDATE — 9/15 I finally got a message from CC explaining that “realhyppymom” was banned because it was a duplicate account of hyppymom. Fair enough. But I still have yet to receive any explanation from CC as to why hyppymom was banned in the first place. Oh well. Moving on.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE TO THE UPDATE TO THE UPDATE — 10/2 The World’s Dumbest Feud (©2016 Your Mom) goes nuclear.