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Initial post: Dec 22, 2011, 3:48:28 PM PST
A.Kaitlyn says:
Amazon just censored the following text from my profile because of "profanity."

"Amelia R-F lives in San Francisco with her Monty Python Killer Rabbit Slippers, calculator watch, rainbow striped sneakers, and Snowth stuffed animal. She is a Student Ambassador for The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network ( and founder of The Make It Safe Project ( which donates books about sexuality and gender expression to schools and youth homeless shelters nationwide. She is also a member of the Panhandlers Steel Drum Band and numerous LGBT organizations, including the NCLR, HRC, GLAAD, and GSA Network. She is currently contemplating how awkward it is to write about herself in the third person."

Since when are any words in there inappropriate? I am one of the nations most currently prevalent teen LGBT rights activists and you are censoring that? I have donated hundreds of books to thousands of kids (many of them homeless), and you're censoring that? There are no words in the text above that I find profane, and I would love to know what you think is so offensive about it that you just couldn't let it through.


Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 3:50:24 PM PST
A.Kaitlyn says:
I would also like to add that I send all the books for my organization through Amazon, so this really bothers me.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 4:07:52 PM PST
I'd contact the admin respectfully and ask them what the problem is. You might just have tripped some kind of auto filter.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 4:11:20 PM PST
A.Kaitlyn says:
I hope that's what happened. I just sent them an e-mail so hopefully it will get fixed. Auto-filter software is spotty, like they are supposed to censor the word "sex" and wind up getting rid of "sexuality." I'd put money on that word being the hold-up.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011, 4:13:46 PM PST
Try it without the word that comes after Python. I would type the K word here, but I don't want to get deleted.

And good for you for your activism!

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 4:16:40 PM PST
I doubt if it's "killer." I'm wondering if it's the links? They could be the issue. By the way, welcome! It's always good to have another Python fan around the ABNA.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011, 4:25:36 PM PST
It's easy to test both possible filter-busters.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 4:27:25 PM PST
The auto-filter probably picked up the word "gay." That's what caused one of my previous pitch reviews to be deleted (because there was a gay character I had questions about). I agree, contact Auntie Ammy.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 4:53:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2011, 4:54:09 PM PST
Just tested gay and sex on posts.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 5:17:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2011, 5:18:58 PM PST
You should be angry. But it's probably just a mechanical thing. There is an appeal process--I just don't happen to know how it works. I believe Mary or Jeff was telling me about it. One of them will probably be along soon to explain it to all of us. And of course you can always contact the ABNA Administrator directly.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 5:21:01 PM PST
Don't assume evil intent without checking first. You can always light the torches and grab the pitchforks later.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 5:53:48 PM PST
A.Kaitlyn says:
@David, I didn't.

They said it's because of the URLs.

And Rodney, that's exactly what I was afraid of.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 6:35:41 PM PST
CLB77 says:
So then, sounds like we're all okay here.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 7:05:05 PM PST
I wonder if it's the links too. I put in the link to my novel on Amazon in my profile and I got the same message. I took it out and all was fine. Try the organization names with out links.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011, 9:22:14 PM PST
The more I think about this, the more I believe that we must band together as the writers here have so often done in the face of injustice. So I'm bumping this until Jeff or Mary can show up and straighten it out.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011, 10:52:25 PM PST
A.Kaitlyn says:
I'm glad that they just meant to the block the URLs, but I think that they shouldn't call URLs "profanity."

Posted on Dec 23, 2011, 5:52:02 AM PST
What are we banding together to do again?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011, 10:00:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2011, 10:00:19 AM PST
Oh, boy, we're going to have a band? Can I play the cymbals? ***crash!***

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011, 10:03:42 AM PST
I agree, A.K. It's nuts. But that's why I didn't pop on here to provide the info that John suggested that Jeff or I provide -- it seemed like you'd resolved it. I don't have any inside information anyway -- I just pretend i do.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011, 11:30:31 AM PST
S. J. Dunn says:
they don't want people to go to other sites and that's why they don't want urls? But if that's the case, then why just your urls?

Doesn't make any sense to me.
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