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Three days ago I got a notice from Orkut that the name on my account violated their policies since they didn't allow nicknames, and if it wasn't corrected in the next couple of days the account could be suspended. So I emailed both admin@orkut.com and help@orkut.com and explained that it was my legal name, not a nickname. I even offered to send them a copy of my ID. I also changed my profile to have a statement that the name on the account was my legal name. I never heard back from them.

Today the motherfuckers suspended my account anyway. So now I've emailed them again asking what the hell they're doing. It is an asinine policy to start with - since you can make up any name you want anyway. I guess they decide which names don't sound 'real'. But I bet Chuck Farley wouldn't be suspended. But I have to wonder about the intelligence of their support people if they do this shit after two responses to their notification, without any attempt at contact. Of course the only way to contact them is email.

I am: pissed off pissed off
Current Media: office buzz

theheathen From: theheathen Date: March 25th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
wow, that sucks. I've been hearing a lot of this sort of thing, actually. I really don't see why they need to have your real name, either.

Argh. Here's hoping you can get it straightened out. And if not, we'll just have to mobilize FCFTGG :)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 25th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Heh - have everyone bombard those two email addresses with 'Save MegaZone!' :-)
theheathen From: theheathen Date: March 25th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
if you're not back up and running soon, I will :)
ashliana From: ashliana Date: March 25th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
what is your legal name?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 25th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
saimmyon From: saimmyon Date: March 25th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What do you do when you fill out other things that require a first and last name? Did you try Megazone/Megazone or Mega/Zone? I understand it is the priciple though. There are a lot of people with obviously fake names. I wonder why they picked on you. Maybe someone reported you.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 25th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I generally leave the first name blank. If I can't then I usually use 'Mr' as my first name.

On Orkut I used 'MZ' because they display only your first name when you post something in a community. I start with Mr - but it looked stupid to have posts from 'Mr' - MZ looked better.
that_xmas From: that_xmas Date: March 25th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Why didn't you just put:

Margaret A Zone?
pdelahanty From: pdelahanty Date: March 25th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ugh! That sucks, Chuck.

Go out to Palo Alto and kick their asses. ...or maybe get other members of your Farley family to do it. ;)