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Ye olde Scribbler returns from the dead

Yahoo! has relinquished its hammerlock on the Ye Olde Texas Scribbler and brought it back from the dead. They have emailed me to bring my contact and billing info up to date—ten days after TS went MIA.

No explanation. Just you requested and we complied. Ten days late.

In the spirit of the hour, a mea culpa is in order: Going through old email this morning I discovered that I did receive a warning from them that if I didn’t sign off on their new terms of service by July 31, my account would be suspended until I did so by Sept. 30. After that the account would be canceled.

So I’m a dumb bunny, at the least. On the other hand…

Why would Yahoo! not notify me after Sept 30 that I had a day or so (or less) to get my site off their server? Why wait until late November to take the whole down and then confiscate it?

And after a tech in India talked me through signing the terms of service on Nov. 28, why confiscate my domain registration two days later? Does HQ not keep up with their techs? I guess not.

Yahoo! stopped charging me for hosting the blog in July. I didn’t notice, which is one of the problems of automatic payment. You forget about it. So technically, Yahoo! was in the right. But I still say they should have told me to get my $#@& property off their server, instead of just stealing it.

Now that the thieves have relinquished my site, to the extent of allowing me access to it, I have a decision to make: whether and when to bring it to this address. My IT guy is indisposed at the moment. When he’s available, we’ll talk it over and I’ll be sure to post here about whatever we decide.

For now, this is Ye Real Scribbler.

The thieves at Yahoo!

Even if Yahoo! was justified in taking down my old blog Texas Scribbler dot com, they had no right to steal it. I paid them every month to host it on the Web. Every month for seven years. I’m still paying them and will until I’m absolutely sure they won’t return my property.

The latest word from their low-level techs at Small Business Support is that Yahoo!’s engineering staff has my case under “further review.” They have no right to do that, either. If I was willing to pay some lawyer an open-ended amount of legal fees—at some ridiculous hourly rate—I could sue their fat California asses off.

But I’m not stupid. The only people who win lawsuits are lawyers.

The first tech I talked to, for an hour on Nov. 28, while other people were enjoying Thanksgiving, told me Yahoo!’s excuse for “deactivating” my blog the day before was that I had not signed off on the latest change in their terms of service. Very similar to what happened to this pediatrician. (He eventually got his site back, but not before a disruption in his business affairs for which, as you will see if you follow the link, he’s still angry.)

Yahoo! avers that I was notified to sign. I saw nothing. Even if their email went into my spam filter, I always check the spam before deleting it. There was nothing from them warning me to sign or they would steal my property. Nothing at all.

They have likewise stolen my domain name, which was registered with them. They had passed it on to an Australian firm for, what?, safekeeping? I was notified on Nov. 29 by the Aussie firm and Yahoo! that Yahoo! has reclaimed possession of my domain name. So they have stolen that, too.

I’m dealing with a criminal enterprise here disguised as a reputable international corporation. If that was not so Yahoo! would have notified me by now that, because I allegedly failed to sign their new terms of service, I had 24 hours to move my blog to someone else’s server and, oh, by the way, my domain name registration as well.

Instead, five days after they stole my property, my case is under “further review.” A pox on your house, Yahoo! So good of you to have already supplied the exclamation point. As my blog friend Akaky says, Johnathan Swift, who knew a Yahoo when he saw one, would have understood.