A guide to setting up Xbox Live Security Proofs

I received a message from Xbox Live this week, letting me know that security proofs are being made mandatory. Yes, the message is legitimate and is really from Microsoft. I had a post before which had a video explaining security proofs and a link to the page where you set them up. Unfortunately, Microsoft has taken down the video. I’ve recently found this newer video on Xbox Supprt, but who knows when that’ll change as well. So, to help you out, below the video, I’ll walk you through setting up a few security proofs! Continue reading “A guide to setting up Xbox Live Security Proofs”

It's hard to go vintage

You’re always missing something. That is the problem. I searched through my parents attic a few weeks ago and found my NES. The one my dad bought me at a yard sale when I was seven. $35, with two controllers, a zapper, and Mario / Duck Hunt. My next game was Mega Man 3. I was late to the console party, but I made up for it over the years. But still, trying to go back? It’s nearly impossible! Continue reading “It's hard to go vintage”

The user-moderated internet

I wanted to sell my old Xbox 360 on Craigslist after I bought a Slim console. I tried to sign up for Craigslist, but I couldn’t unless I provided a phone number. I’m VERY selective about where I put my cell phone number online, as I don’t have a land line, and don’t want this thing ringing every five minutes. I tried to use a Google Voice number, but it wouldn’t take. I skipped it.

That was a year ago. Recently, I had occasion to try again, with Craigslist. I caved in and provided my number so I could authenticate my account and list my goods. Only about 12 hours, my post was flagged and taken down, with no clear reason given. A list a mile long of potential reasons was given, but no single “flagged for xyz.”

I was recently told by a friend that he couldn’t see anything I was posting on Reddit. I have no notification, no reason to suspect I was problematic – I link to my blog posts occasionally, a little self promotion when I think it’s something Reddit folks might be interested in, but I don’t do it daily. Being logged in to the Reddit site, I saw now sign that I didn’t exist any more, no warning that my posts may be blocked as Spam, but it’s nearly the only thing I can think they would’ve hidden my posts for.

So what happens on the user-moderated internet? When someone doesn’t like you, or your content, or is mad that you’re getting more views than them, they flag you, and the system listens. I’m told some places require multiple flags before any action is taken, but the problem isn’t how many or even that it’s happening – it’s your recourse after the fact. I sent a support request to Reddit and haven’t heard anything back. I emailed Craigslist support to ask the specific reason I was flagged, and got the same email in response that I was initially sent: a laundry list of possible reasons. You can’t do anything to get yourself quickly reinstated, or actually find out what you did wrong in the first place!

I have theories on why people may have flagged my content on a site or two, but I’m not trying to a spammer, I’m a nice person, and the links I post are genuinely helpful to many people. Why do I suffer the same fate as the guy posting links to “CH3@P V1AGR4!” in the comments!?