Thursday, October 05, 2006

Photobucket killed my account - why?

Hmmmm, technology, can't live with it, can't live without it! Today is one of those days when it get under your skin just a tad. I was greeted this morning by an email from the website which simply said this, "Unfortunately your account has been banned because it violated our terms of service. These terms apply to both free and premium accounts. Admin".

Well that was right out of left field. It was the first time I've ever heard from them, and I sure as heck would have liked either a warning to remove whatever they deemed unfit or at least a reason as to why my account was deleted. I've contacted them, but I'm doubtful that I'll get an explanation. To be frank, the only things that I had on that particular account were mountains of casting pictures, all of which showed only adults (mostly women) in casting scenarios. Best I can figure, perhaps some of the more R-rated ones just didn't sit right with them (and to think that I honestly thought I was keeping it fairly clean!). I'm not a happy camper about this because it means that I loose hundreds of casting pictures that I've collected from all over the web - pics that in some cases I did not have stored elsewhere.

But what can one do? I suppose this is a harsh lesson learned about online photo sites. In the future I will have to stick with either the most complacent of casting images, or have keep my files someplace a whole lot more secure. I want to apologize because I know that now some of the pics (such as in the body cast article) on this blog are gone now as a result of my account being deleted. If I find them again, I'll re-post them in their respective original places.

For now, I guess all I can do is see if they'll send me a reason and start looking for a place that's as hard as dried fiberglass to get through were I can keep my photo collections. I'm very up for suggestions if you guys have any.