You’re not going to believe this…
I’m getting email from media companies now, wanting to take a look at what my family is doing, in South Mississippi.
One well-known cable network company has even started doing a “background” piece on our project (building a home out of recycled materials and “reclaimed” 40′ shipping containers). They’re spending some time with us now, so that when we break ground they can jump all over it. But, you know what? I don’t care. I’m hoping that someone follows through in a big way, so that everyone can see that you can find affordable housing, if you “think out of the box.” I want people to see this. Call it “my mission.”
Recently, I went to “doityourself.com,” to post a question to the “Green Center” forums, about using LED lighting in my new “alternative housing” home. The forum advertises (rather implies) itself as “”the leading independent home improvement and repair website,” a mecca for green innovation, and breakthroughs…
(the “mecca” bit is my words, certainly not theirs, and certainly not applicable, based on what I’ve seen so far…)
Where I live, there are still thousands of families out of their homes, after Katrina ate us alive. With the flooding of the Mississippi, thousands more will find themselves in the same predicament that we’re in. Many of us are still waiting on insurance companies to do the right thing, so we “look out of the box,” to find solutions to our problems, all by our “onesies.”
As most of you know, I’m building a “green home” out of rather “unconventional” construction components on a rather severe budget, so I wanted to know if any of those users had actually “used LEDs to illluminate their homes.” And if they had, I wanted to know how it worked…
My new house is going to be “solar panel” (photovoltaic) equipped, to generate electricity. LEDs are a natural compliment, because they seem to use very little energy, and provide a great source of lighting and illumination.
Alas, when you hear “green,” you have to think about costs. Every time we see these “breakthroughs” on cable, they’re accompanied by conversations about how expensive this new technology is.
I’m not going to “evangelize” here, but it seems that a forum aimed at building “green” would welcome examinations of green practices, examples and solutions…
In their Content Posting Policy, they state;
“DoItYourself.com allows visitors to post or submit ratings, reviews, comments, suggestions, ideas, questions, answers, diagrams, photographs, other information and communications. This content cannot be illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing on intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses or
links to sites spreading the same.
DoItYourself.com is not to be used for posting political campaigns, commercial solicitations, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of “spam.” You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of any content.”
So, I posted my questions, provided what information I could, and waited…
Hey, I’d posted there once before, asking for help estimating masonry costs. That went nowhere. by the way. Not one response. So, I thought I’d try again. Surely somebody knew something about LEDs, and was willing to share the info.
I wasn’t trolling for profits, or glory… I don’t have a single ad, or subscription area, on my blog. I still haven’t figured out how to build the “RSS” box, for cryin out loud… LOL!
I was searching in earnest for an answer, a solution that might help my family.
I figured that once the forum users knew the scope of my project, they could make suggestions, and help me get my family back into a safe house, where we, and every other family in America, belong.
Today, in my email, I get this message from “doityourself.com;”
You have received a new private message at DoItYourself.com Community Forums from HotinOKC, entitled “You have received an infraction at DoItYourself.com Community Forums”.
To read the original version, respond to, or delete this message, you must log in here:
This is the message that was sent:
You have received an infraction at DoItYourself.com Community Forums.
Reason: Advertising/Soliciting In Forums, Emails or PM’s
We do not except advertising/soliciting or blogging here in the website.
If you would like to contribute information to our readers, please do so without redirecting them to a website.
This infraction is worth 12 point(s) and may result in restricted access until it expires. Serious infractions will never expire.
All the best,
DoItYourself.com Community Forums
Again, please do not reply to this email. You must go to the following page to reply to this private message:
All the best,
DoItYourself.com Community Forums
So, I go to “doityourself.com” and log into my account…
Imagine my shock, when I get this message;
You have been banned for the following reason:
Date the ban will be lifted: Never
Wow! Holy Housing, Batman! I guess I committed a “Forum Felony.” What was I thinking? I hardly saw what I was doing as “advertising.” Advertising for what? Blog Stats? You’ve got to be kidding…
So, I sent this message to the “Green” Forum Administrator;
I recently posted questions to the Green Forums (2 of them), to inquire about LED lighting for an “Alternative Housing” project my _family_ is building.
I provided a link to my blog (because 1000 characters isn’t enough to really describe my project), so that people could actually see what I’m doing, so that they could help me find a solution to my “problem.”
It wasn’t for “profit, fame, or glory.”
It was to find an answer, and show people that Green can be achieved by the common man, without architects, or engineers, or huge bank accounts.
Isn’t banning me for life a little severe, in this case? I mean really…
I’d think that someone who was demonstrating your “green principles’ by actually doing it, and trying to incorporate even more “green” into the design and build would be appreciated here.
Consider this a request for an “appeal.”
I’m looking forward to your response…
Can you believe that? You’d think they were gonna actually lose revenue, by having people learn about my “green” project.
Talk about over-reacting…
Is it any wonder that moving forward (as a citizen, and not a corporation) is so difficult?
And “HotinOKC” if you’re reading this, you’re an idiot. If you’d followed up, and actually used your head, you’d have seen firsthand, that what I’m doing might actually help someone else. Talk about “knee-jerk…”
If this “Banned for Life” holds up, as I start getting actual local, regional, and national media attention, I’m going to make sure that I list resources that helped, and those who “hindered,” so that the public knows who they can trust. Bet on it.
(A footnote here: I just checked again, because it’s been a few days. As of July 22, 7pm, No lift of the ban, and no response from any email I’ve sent asking for “mediation.”)
Addendu-du-du-du-dum… July 24th – One of my pals (Ashish) just helped me figure out why wordpress was puking when I tried to enable my RSS feature. And, he built me a cool icon, too! So, I’m RSS’ing with the best of them… in style! Thanks Ashish!