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A quick response from Google
Well, I must say, I'm impressed. After all the things I said about Google recently, they did give my appeal a quick investigation and response. As you can see:
Thank you for your appeal. After thoroughly reviewing your account data, we have confirmed that your account poses a risk to our AdWords advertisers. For this reason, we are unable to reinstate your account.
As a reminder, we are unable to provide our publishers with details about their account activity. If you have any further questions about your account or the actions we have taken, please do not reply to this email. You can find more information by visiting https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.
The Google AdSense Team
Isn't it reassuring that my account data was reviewed thoroughly. I'd hate to think what would happen if they just gave it a cursory glance. If I have any lawyers reading, I'd be interested to know the legality of one party unilaterally terminating an account, providing no evidence of inappropriate behaviour and refusing to give payment for services already rendered (it is this last bit where I think there may be questionable legality - if they paid out what was owed, I'd have little problem with them terminating accounts at whim)
However, given that I've only ever earnt pocket money from them, and didn't have much extra owed, I'd much rather vent. And semi-add Google to my boycott list. (Adsense is already added, but I don't really have a choice, do I?) If anyone has any ideas on ways to subvert the Google process, I'd love to hear it. And if anyone wants to join in the boycott, feel free. It could be fun if we get some creativity out of it...
Meanwhile, two things. The first is an apology for the comparison between Google and Stalinist Russia. I in no way want to denigrate the suffering of the masses of Russians who died or were imprisoned by the totalitarian Government's regime. Hyperbole is fine, but it should be remembered that, no matter how similar the operational aspects between the two are, the results under Stalin were death and suffering, while the results under Google are moderately annoying. Secondly, to any advertisers on Google's adsense, just as television advertisers have long threatened to pull out of association with controversial programming for fear of a backlash by association...
My favourite procrastinations
The Head Heeb - Jonathan provides a balanced view on various Israeli and (former) colonial states in less developed regions of the world.
The Bladder - a sports satire site. Well worth a look.