Sunday, June 13, 2010

Madame Arcati censored! What took them soooooooo long?

You will have noticed that Madame Arcati has at long last got its 18 certificate from Google. It took them long enough. I've been putting up cock pics for about four years and there was no sign of a swoon. But only now has Google placed a content warning sign on this site, giving you the option to go elsewhere more decent - there are 285,000,000 Google porn links to choose from (just type 'porn' into your Google search box).

That there is nothing on Arcati that could be described as porn is neither here nor there. In having a free access site you will attract all sorts, including the baffled, the litigious, the sexually repressed, the moralistic and the plain dumb. Google happily slaps blocks on its Blogger sites if any of the above 'report abuse'. It is near-impossible to reverse judgement because it is impossible to make direct contact with the company - despite teasing contact links falsely claiming otherwise.

Instead, you're invited to post questions on their discussion forums which are usually ignored or responded to by some anonymous Google apologist. In essense, Google censors its blogs and allows no appeal. It treats its 'publishers' with the total contempt of the greedy, illiberal, money-grubbing, Big Brother monopoly that it is.

For me, this comes at an interesting time. I had of late considered either resting Arcati for a while or moving her to another place. Other interests are crowding in; time is precious. I have yet to decide what to do. It could be that Google has done me a favour: 'hardcore' has its own allure and now I am free not to pussy- or cocky-foot about. Believe it or not but even Arcati has in the past year or two censored herself against her own nature.

I am rather impressed with myself that an instinctive wish to change things coincides with an external intervention. I shall ponder more on this synchronicity.

Meantime I shall continue to post stuff.

38 comments:

Josh Spero said...

Don't leave us!

a techie said...

I wouldn't worry. You'll find that your regular audience will still return. It's not as if you're Popbitch or Holy Moly. And surfers will still find you on searches. The content warning is just Google covering its tracks.

Anonymous said...

Google have just added one more cock-tease

J MacFarlane said...

Yes Google don't seem to have a Blogspot centre, or as the Yanks would say center. Which is more obscene a teenager getting his legs shot off in Iraq or a frou-frou? Wordpress seems to have a lot of devotees. What think ye?

Madame Arcati said...

I could do a number of things - I could transfer the site using this as a relay. However I've not noticed any decline in audience in the past 24 hours. Wordpress is well thought of.

Anonymous said...

When I had a blog, readership went up after Google imposed a content warning. But blogging can take up valuable time, so I understand your dilemma.

Alison Cross said...

The 'obscenity' veil makes you seem devilishly decadent. Which you already *are* of course. But now the intertubes have simply confirmed it.

Just stay here. Don't go.

Ali x

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...
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Madame Arcati said...

What intrigues me is that Google/Blogger has got censorious now, after years on nudes, cocks and general profanity - a cock-cocking anyone?

I have my usual suspects. But I bet the complainant(s) was just some moron we've never heard of.

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...

nice play on words MA...Bravo! money can buy some things but when you have a following such as yours; you will only attract more hits on your site
I "suspect" this will all blow over in "seven" days...
steph~ x

Anonymous said...

This is toooooooooo delicious! Will you get your revenge Madame?

Princess said...

Well, I see your well earned status hasn't shut up your crazy followers. I didn't think prisoners or the committed were permitted access to the internet.

The late Nigel Dempster said...

I think Google has done you a favour. Quit while you're ahead.

Google techie said...

Google has not censored your site. It has a rating system, just as movies and TV shows are rated, for sexual content, language etc. The content warning sign should not affect access to your site or necessarily reduce audience figures.

FPK said...

"Years ago I appeared on a show called Sex Talk on Channel 4. The researcher told us we all had to pretend to be under 35 even if we weren´t. She then told us we could say fuck as much as we liked but not cunt. I asked if we were allowed tosay prick and she said fine. I told her that was sex discrimination."

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...

How absolutely ridiculous considering that you have put up other artist's and photos of nude public figures~ I vehemently object to this ludicrous censorship. I have never indicated who the subject matter was in my drawing, and I don't intend to reveal that information. I have been painting and drawing nudes for decades....
I am shocked and a bit disgusted that this occurred.
The human body
is a beautiful object. What about the statue of David? Would that too be censored...
Soon we will all be required to place computer chips under our skin!
I have a strange feeling I know how this all started MA..don't you??
steph xx

Frances Lynn said...

I only keep up my blog because it's on your blog roll!

Madame Arcati said...

Don't say that Frances!

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...

~ they allow even the convicted, sex offenders and crazies on the internet; but what really gets my gall are the comments that are made by scared cowards that cower behind pseudonyms... come out of the woodwork and maybe I will than take you seriously...My new studio has me excited to finally have the freedom and room to work....amazing how just the mention of my ex brother in law creates such controversy.

steph~

Anonymous said...

Bloody hell. it's like the old days with Steph back.

Frances Lynn said...

If you do delete, I would adorn a black arm band but I would have a legitimate excuse to stop sycophantically blogging about friends for no money. Yuck!

Madame Arcati said...

I would never delete MA; it would stand as a monument.

Anonymous said...

Lot of fuss about nothing.

From Andy Page, a top Blogger blogger said...

Blogger added a Content Warning interstitial page in front of "madamearcati . blogspot . com" not on its own, but based upon "votes" from thousands of bloggers who objected to its content.

Unfortunately, like this discussion, which will make everybody here think that Blogger is censoring blogs simply because one blog owner writes that Blogger is censoring Blogger blogs, there is no voting mechanism so thousands of happy readers of "madamearcati . blogspot . com" can counter the unhappy bloggers.

That does not mean that Blogger or Google is censoring blogs, it simply means that they are listening to people about content that they serve. We have, at various times, had owners of homosexual themed blogs convinced that Blogger is censoring gay blogs, we have had owners of heterosexual themed blogs convinced that Blogger is censoring heterosexual themed blogs, and we have had owners of other miscellaneous blogs convinced that Blogger is censoring (insert description of miscellaneous themed blog).

None of the latter persecution complexes are correct. Blogger is simply protecting readers of the blogosphere, by inserting a Content Warning in front of controversial content. And in doing that, is showing readers of Blogger blogs that they do listen to people who demand changes.

Similarly, Blogger is interdicting spam, by automatically classifying and freezing blogs suspected of hosting spammy content. Since Blogger supports freedom of speech, they allow anybody, even spammers, to post here and report that "xxxxxxx . blogspot . com" is not a spam blog, even when it is, in fact, a spam blog. People like Legacy become convinced that the Blogger spam interdiction process is flawed, simply because many spammers can write here and convince other readers that there are many blogs falsely accused of containing spam.

If you care to read about the numbers involved here, you'll see that the Blogger spam interdiction effort is appropriately designed, to deal with the reality of the spam problem.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=702ff32554dbdf72&fid=702ff32554dbdf7200047e82db9e7121&hl=en

During any typical day, we will see one or two dozen reports here that "xxxxxxx . blogspot . com" is not a spam blog. Of those one or two dozen reports, maybe 25% will be returned to service, based upon properly submitted requests (using the much hated 4 step process). Of the remaining 75%, anywhere from 25% to 75% will be later found innocent of containing spammy content, and will be returned to service, following personal evaluation by Blogger. The other 75% to 25% will be confirmed as spammers, and will have their blogs and / or Blogger accounts removed.

Many of the people complaining of being falsely of publishing spammy content are simply spammers, who cannot believe that their trips upon easy street are being interrupted. That's why you see so many complaints. Spammers. However, as Blogger supports freedom of speech, the spammers are permitted to post here like everybody else, as long as they behave like everybody else.

From time to time, you'll see complaints that content here is being censored. This forum, like every other forum on the Net, is subject to abusive postings. And abusive postings are removed. Including abusive postings from confirmed spammers who simply want to blackmail Blogger into backing off on spam interdiction, and allowing them to continue publishing spam in the blogosphere.

http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=150831

Madame Arcati said...

The above is a classic example of arrogance. No evidence is given of the complaints about Madame Arcati, we are just treated to a generalisation about certain types of blogs. The writer then talks about spam blogs which is not relevant to my complaint. He or she would have us believe that his or her judgement is flawless when in fact there is no evidence of judgement: just a reflex. Google would do well to give reasons for its actions, not self-serving generalisations. It would do well to treat its 'employees' with respect.

Where are these thousands of complaints against Madame Arcati? What is on Madame Arcati that requires protection from? Do you have a problem with open discussion?

Then finally he or she writes about abusive comments. Again, irrelevant to my complaint. I find the above letter abusive.

Duralex said...

So what? This is just an appetizing warning, not a censorship in any way, shape or form. I very much doubt the Usual Suspect (lol) has anything to do with it. You girlies are just flattering yourselves.

Andy Page (pasted up by MA from Blogger) said...

I find your attack abusive too.

You are simply following in the footsteps of the owners of The Daily Coyote, The Girl In Short Shorts, and a few other blogs, who can't stand to see Blogger responding to people in the blogosphere, who are tired of their eyes, and the eyes of their children, being subjected to dreck and trash.

If that's arrogant, I'm sorry for you. The fact is that Blogger does listen, they just listen to people other than you.

Now if you'd like, I'll escalate this as an issue for Blogger Support to review. Based upon the circumstances here, there would be 3 possible outcomes of such a review.
1. The Content Warning interstitial could be removed.
2. The Content Warning interstitial could be left in place.
3. The blog could be removed.

Would you like to roll the dice, and see what comes up?

Madame Arcati said...

That sounds like a threat to me. I would also invite regular readers of Arcati to consider whether this site may be likened to porn sites. Plainly, Andy's on a moral roll of some sort. I wonder if he reflects the Blogger/Google ethos.

Madame Arcati said...

Oh notice too how Andy admits Blogger picks and chooses the people it listens to.

Duralex said...

<< I would also invite regular readers of Arcati to consider whether this site may be likened to porn sites. >>

Arcati, a porn blog ? Tabernak, I'm feeling so guilty suddenly for talking about pipes and chimneys more than I ought to. :-)

Anonymous said...

I would advise Madame Arcati to download the site onto her hard drive pronto before Blogger deletes you. Then transfer everything to Wordpress.

Jared said...

"Would you like to roll the dice, and see what comes up?"

Blimey. The arrogance of that threat reminds me of my ill-fated relationship with Myspace many moons ago: http://bit.ly/df1snP

I cannot imagine the Google PR machine would be happy with that response if they were to find out...

Glass raised and hat tipped. x

Anonymous said...

Madame Arcati censored and Molly's website hijacked by the infamous Canadian Pharmacy. Whatever next?

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:jg0itkM_mQwJ:www.mollyparkin.co.uk/+%22molly+parkin%22&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

angelnestar said...

http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/aspects-of-love-part-2/

What a shame! just done a post about sexual domination, above, right up your alley!

Lilith, the significator of female sexual domination..... read on on link above.....

Madam Miaow said...

Dammit. I missed the cocks. Will follow you anywhere (and you don't even have to blow up my nose – just keep exploding their heads).

El said...

Google sandboxes blog and de indexes them based on complaints by flaggers.

I came to you blog after reading a discussion that you started that Google shutdown.

I contacted the ACLU but they blew me off but I think if enough people do and file a breech of contract class action suit.

If flaggers with a veil of anonymity get warnings issued then who's to say it is not really the corporate gangsters at Google that are doing the censoring?



Google censors all sorts of speech.

Political correctness IS censorship in its worst form. Unpopular speech needs protection. I hope those corporate fuck at Google get cancer.

El said...

From Andy Page, a top Blogger blogger said...

Blogger added a Content Warning interstitial page in front of "madamearcati . blogspot . com" not on its own, but based upon "votes" from thousands of bloggers who objected to its content.

Unfortunately, like this discussion, which will make everybody here think that Blogger is censoring blogs simply because one blog owner writes that Blogger is censoring Blogger blogs, there is no voting mechanism so thousands of happy readers of "madamearcati . blogspot . com" can counter the unhappy bloggers.

That does not mean that Blogger or Google is censoring blogs, it simply means that they are listening to people about content that they serve. We have, at various times, had owners of homosexual themed blogs convinced that Blogger is censoring gay blogs, we have had owners of heterosexual themed blogs convinced that Blogger is censoring heterosexual themed blogs, and we have had owners of other miscellaneous blogs convinced that Blogger is censoring (insert description of miscellaneous themed blog).

None of the latter persecution complexes are correct. Blogger is simply protecting readers of the blogosphere, by inserting a Content Warning in front of controversial content. And in doing that, is showing readers of Blogger blogs that they do listen to people who demand changes.

Similarly, Blogger is interdicting spam, by automatically classifying and freezing blogs suspected of hosting spammy content. Since Blogger supports freedom of speech, they allow anybody, even spammers, to post here and report that "xxxxxxx . blogspot . com" is not a spam blog, even when it is, in fact, a spam blog. People like Legacy become convinced that the Blogger spam interdiction process is flawed, simply because many spammers can write here and convince other readers that there are many blogs falsely accused of containing spam.

If you care to read about the numbers involved here, you'll see that the Blogger spam interdiction effort is appropriately designed, to deal with the reality of the spam problem.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=702ff32554dbdf72&fid=702ff32554dbdf7200047e82db9e7121&hl=en

During any typical day, we will see one or two dozen reports here that "xxxxxxx . blogspot . com" is not a spam blog. Of those one or two dozen reports, maybe 25% will be returned to service, based upon properly submitted requests (using the much hated 4 step process). Of the remaining 75%, anywhere from 25% to 75% will be later found innocent of containing spammy content, and will be returned to service, following personal evaluation by Blogger. The other 75% to 25% will be confirmed as spammers, and will have their blogs and / or Blogger accounts removed.

Many of the people complaining of being falsely of publishing spammy content are simply spammers, who cannot believe that their trips upon easy street are being interrupted. That's why you see so many complaints. Spammers. However, as Blogger supports freedom of speech, the spammers are permitted to post here like everybody else, as long as they behave like everybody else.

From time to time, you'll see complaints that content here is being censored. This forum, like every other forum on the Net, is subject to abusive postings. And abusive postings are removed. Including abusive postings from confirmed spammers who simply want to blackmail Blogger into backing off on spam interdiction, and allowing them to continue publishing spam in the blogosphere.

http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=150831

Sunday, June 13, 2010

You would have made a great Hitler youth. Bowing to political correctness IS censorship of the worst kind but you seem too obtuse to see that.!

Too bad you didn't post your blog addy because my peeps would have flagged your blog until you got censored.

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you for posting all this. The Google/Blogger guard dog distinguishes himself - always a 'himself' - by not having a clue what the Madame Arcati site is. That's because he's seen it all before, he has his stats and prejudices, and why go to the bother of actually reading a blog in question when, well, he's seen it all before.

I don't believe for one moment 'thousands' of people have complained about this site (this argument is plainly improvised) - or if this is true, perhaps Blogger should consider that a site such as this, which possesses a 'mature' sense of humour, might upset a few morons and literalists who are obsessed with porn.

Quite frankly, Blogger would do better to close down its fucking discussions forums and spend some of its profits on personal interaction. And show some respect. What we don't need are overweight cunting techies with beards trying to circumvent some of the gains of the last century.