.. at least according to Google.
Some of you may notice we're not showing ads on plus613 anymore. This is because Google, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that the site is full of "sexually arousing" and "morally objectionable" material.
To give the lowdown, they emailed about 3-4 weeks ago with an image URL and said it breaks their terms of service. Most of you have probably seen it, it was that picture of a woman waving a Brasilian flag in Carnaval, with a bit of camel toe showing. Seriously, nothing major. Not porn or anything.
Anyway, we did what was demanded, and removed the picture. If you looked around online it's probably not all that hard to find, including on other Google affiliated sites, but whatever, we removed it as you can see if you go to [plus613.net
]. Three weeks passed and I heard nothing, until I received an email saying that my account with Google had been deactivated due to non-compliance.
So that's great. There appears to be no significant appeal process, the funds I did have in the account are now locked up in there, and this is all just a pain. The sites have been losing money for years, especially since we outgrew all the shared/affordable server rental hosting places and had to purchase and colocate our own server hardware. At the rate of income we had, it'd take around 10 years just to pay off the database server alone.
I don't mind pouring money into this pit, but it just really annoys me when things like this happen. We've done all the right things in the past, we split the porn off the site so that we could do advertising etc to try and simply have the sites pay their own way, but still we have problems. I'm sure most of you remember the MULTIPLE PayPal arguments I've had over the years for pretty similar reasons.
I really had a hope of the sites being self sufficient. With the help of moderators and advertising, I really need the sites to look after themselves. DK and I don't have the time to look after it all anymore, the only reason they're still running at all is because we don't want to kill the great little community we've got going here. But we started running these things when we were in our early 20s. We're both in our 30s now, real life has taken over, jobs, weddings, houses, the usual stuff.