Welcome to my GeoCensored page. It is old as hell and probably out of date, but I think people may as well see it anyway. My web site has died a number of times by GeoCities' hand, both on its servers and off. The purpose of this page is to document these run-ins with the GeoCensors or their advertisers.
I've finally found Mark Zeman's
page again, after it also was nuked by GeoCities on a competitor's server...This
is a good description of GeoCities' policies and why they should be changed;
anyone interested in censorship issues really should check it out. For
a good laugh try HitlerCities
-- now hosted on my server, where the GeoStapo can't touch it :)
My ultimate goal is to see every Geocities victim
linked to every other Geocities victim. If you know of a page link that
belongs here, please tell me.
UPDATE: Since posting the message below, I've had a number of visits from NETCOM administrative domains (including fit.netcomi.com and foxden.noc.netcom.net) as well as smartpatents.com, which I believe specializes in searching for and reporting patent/trademark infringement. Makes me wonder if Netcom received some sort of complaint about my homepage...seems to coincide closely with GeoCities' domain hits, doesn't it?
June 9, 1998
Well, Geocities's has. This isn't another censorship report necessarily, but damn close. I recently signed up with SuperStats, a website statistics service that tells you how many visits your site gets daily, who's visiting (domain names) and where they're coming from. I had it for a couple uneventful weeks watching the AOLers surf thru looking for the Bill Gates Pie page on Infoseek, and so on. But things got wierd on May 27th. What to my wondering eyes should appear, but hits from nevada.geocities.com--what the hell are THEY doing here? GeoCities is not an Internet provider like AOL or Earthlink; any visits from its domain are not customers or members, but employees of the company itself. So Geocities is visiting my NETCOM homepage as I sit and wonder why. Then it hits me: Criticism. I have a number of pages that criticise Geocities, including this one. As has been shown, GeoCities does actively seek out and destroy criticism whenever it can, probably to appear more popular (and therefore more appealing to potential advertisers.) My guess is, nevada.geocities.com is the server they use for these little witchhunts. I haven't heard anything from Geo or Netcom's webmaster yet, so either they couldn't find anything on the site worth suing me over or Netcom has decided to ignore bogus "one of your users is illegally defaming our company name, nuke their site immediately or you'll be sorry" threats directed at it. Still, this is the same company that claims on its member TOS agreement, "GeoCities does not actively monitor the content of [troublemakers'] pages". Guess that doesn't include servers it doesn't even own.
PS Side note to Webmasters and server admins, I strongly encourage
all of you to block the geocities.com domain (including [220.127.116.11]
thru [18.104.22.168]) from accessing your pages via HTTP; this will affect
GeoCities employees, not members (GC is not an ISP) and will help prevent
them from harassing you or your members for the content of pages on your
No Xoom for You
(blatant Soup Nazi reference here...)
This site has been deleted from
"With the first link, a chain is forged. The first speech
censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains
us all irrevocably."
Thurs., Feb. 04, 1998: Moved out of GeoCities
Tuesday, February 03, 1998
Now, I'm no mind reader, but I believe the message in the following
emails is clear: You know where the door is, you know damn well how
to use it, why not demonstrate this skill for us. As is evident in
their messages, GeoCities obviously prides itself on honesty. Yet they
so quickly trash any information that they do not want the average Joe
Schmoe to hear, why? We do not know, and perhaps never will. But when the
mass media does what GeoCities does, it's called propaganda. Enjoy this
page, as it is critical of GC's practises but (hopefully) immune to their
ever-reaching and censorious hands on this server. Who knows, maybe they
will leave it be, if they suddenly realize that this page will not severely
hurt them, and it is the
Subject: Can Geo take the heat?
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 11:54:43 +0000
From: news@[NoSpamBots]geocities.com (news)
I think your Snickers page is hilarious. The "Tickle Me Loundy"
I've always felt that if we are forthright in our dealing with
But (there had to be a "but), you and I may start to differ when
When you signed up for a free home page at GeoCities, you, in effect,
We have never been deceptive about this arrangement and have been
While we would like you to support our efforts, it may well be that
I look forward to hearing from you.
Senior Editor, Community Manager
Read the A-List
> I am willing to add Geoguides to each page,
and plan to do so in the near
Subject: Re: Can Geo take the heat?
Although that would be nice, I'm not asking you to add the GeoGuide
Believe me, I "get" the humor part of your site. As I mentioned,
The overt instruction on how to to subvert Geo ads crosses the line
Technical point: There are only two acceptable ways to suppress
Thank you for your feedback regarding the GeoPops. As
The task at hand is to position advertising on GeoCities in a way
Based on feedback like yours we have tested a variety of
You can stop all Pop-up and GeoStitial ads from appearing on your
In order for GeoCities to continue to provide free web pages, email,
Our guidelines and Members Terms of Service (TOS) have been carefully
We appreciate your support and participation with GeoCities, however,
We encourage you to review the guidelines and TOS at:
GeoCities Community Response Team
Saturday, September 20
GeoCities has deleted this entire site (68 HTML pages and hundreds of other files) for a page I wrote explaining I was boycotting SurplusDirect (a GeoCities advertiser) for spamming. I got an email from GeoCities saying the accusation was "defamatory" and my site has been suspended, and to work it out privately with the company (who never got back to me)... GeoCities did not even bother to ask SD about their activities before killing my site; even though several copies of actual spam and numerous failed 'unsubscribe' requests were posted to prove that the advertiser was indeed spamming.
Original mail from GeoCensors :
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 16:42:38 -0700
From: abuse@[NoSpamBots]geocities.com (Abuse)
We received a complaint regarding your GeoCities homepage violating
We have temporarily suspended your homepage for those violations.
We encourage you to review the guidelines at:
GeoCities Community Response Team
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