>Update: A few hours after I posted this, CC closed my account via this email:
You have been unsubscribed from the Creative Cow newsletter. We’re sorry to see you go.
Please note that any associated accounts at CreativeCOW.net have also been closed.
Update 2: Even more sites have been found to be blocked.
Update 3: It seems that they have IP-filtered out our entire IP range, so now they have effectively blocked 2,500 people in the broadcasting business from participating in their forums. Guess who’s loosing on that deal…
One of the biggest online forums for media creators, creativecow.net, is automatically censoring posts that contain the names of (what they perceive as) competitive sites and forums. If you post anything that contains any of the words (sometimes even without the top domain):
…you’ll get an error message indicating that there is a technical malfunction. I find it dishonest to have this type of filtering, and especially dislike the fact the user is shown an error message that hides the fact that the administrators are trying to stop users from finding out about other sites.
CreativeCow makes money from ads, and their revenue is directly generated by the users that in their free time and without payment add content to the forums.
Sure, they can block anything they want. What is so appalling is doing it so it appears to be a technical error, and then closing accounts and IP-blocking people for discussing their practices.
I seldom visit their forums myself, as they are too slow, and the fact that you can’t subscribe to forums and threads via email is a killer for me (just like the forums at pixelcorps and fxphd, unfortunately.)
So, skip the Cow, they’re yesterday’s forum, and visit any of the ones above instead.
Thanks to Mel Matsuoka for the tip.