Before he left for Iraq awhile back, Armand had his entire journal uncermoniously expunged by AOL.
To say the event was a microcosm of AOL's bizarre TOS [TERMS OF SERVICE] practices would not be an exaggeration.
Basically, if someone accuses you
of violating one of AOL's Terms of Service agreements, usually porn or
language -- you're guilty. In Armand's case it was a link that someone
I was accused of uploading porn to my FTP space once, while I was
asleep. I was lucky. They only put me on probation for six months
because of that. Usually you can't even find out what you've been
The link posted in Armand's journal was actually one that AOL
itself had linked to. No matter. They just dumped his journal --
all of it -- without so much as telling him or investigating the accusation.
While the rest of the heart and
soul of AOL journalers left over the stupid ads which we were told
wouldn't be posted on paid members' blogs, Armand left because of TOS.
Before his departure he took on the nameless
faceless TOS police and won his case. He even got free AOL service out of them, even though he'd moved to Blogspot by then.
Did he get his journal back? Nope. AOL told him sorry, but his journal was gone forever, even though they'd made a mistake,
and the entries couldn't be recovered except by searching Google and other search
engines. You know they were lying.
To celebrate his victory -- the only one I know of over TOS -- I had this cartoon made to commemorate his efforts.
Now that he's back from the REAL war, I thought it was worth posting again.
To remind everyone nothing is safe here. On the other hand, nothing is sacred either.
You can link to his off campus blog -- Uncommon Sense -- via my Other Journals listings.
Kudos to my illustrator friend, Chris, who
whipped this up in less than an hour. If you ever need anything
from a b/w drawing to a six color poster to a book cover, he's the
fastest and one of the best I've ever worked with,