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11 May 2016 @ 04:57 pm
LinkedIn blacklisting ended  
My LinkedIn account is active again.
See: Your LinkedIn account has been temporarily restricted

When LinkedIn blacklisted my account, my best guess was that I was banned for inviting people to connect who I personally did not know (I did a lot of invitations like that - mostly to people who already have 10+ shared LinkedIn connections with me).
But no. It was not that.

It was that I mentioned my web site (postjobfree.com) in occasional LinkedIn private messages that I sent through LinkedIn to my direct contacts.
I could not find anything against mentioning my web site in private messages in LinkedIn Don'ts.

I probably sent less than 3 LinkedIn private messages per week (and only some of these messages included my web site).
For comparison: I sent ~10 times more LinkedIn invitations (without any message).

Anyway, it seems that LinkedIn customer support is somewhat responsive.
It takes them couple of days to reply.
However if I just hit "reply" in my email - my reply goes to the black hole.

LinkedIn Response (05/11/2016 10:55 CST)
Hi Dennis,
Thanks for complying and adhering with our policies. The restriction has been lifted from your account.
Safety Operations
Member (05/10/2016 22:38 CST)

Country of Residence: United States

Please explain why you believe that the account restriction is in error.: I did not know that I could not mention my web site (postjobfree.com) in my private messages to my direct connections.
Now that I know that - I will try not to mention my web site and will try to send even less private messages overall (I did not send many in the first place).

Do you have any additional information to add?: It is response to
this reply from LinkedIn customer support:
Hi Dennis,
I'm sorry it's taken this long to get back to you and thanks for being so patient.

Thank you for the email. We have received complaints from members stating you are messaging them regarding your website which is against out user agreement and we treat it as spam.
The account restriction will be lifted once you respond stating that you'll adhere to the LinkedIn User Agreement and Privacy Policy from this day forward.
Safety Operations Support Specialist

It looks like my email reply to Shanky disappeared.

By clicking the box below, I certify that I have read and agree to LinkedIn's, Do's and Don'ts and User Agreement: I agree

Typing your full name in this box will act as your digital signature.: Dennis Gorelik

Update (per mehanizator request:
My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennisgorelik
convertorcon_vertor on May 12th, 2016 04:59 am (UTC)
перлюстрация частной переписки, когда уже до колючей проволоки с расстрелами докатимся?

имхо, неплохой инфоповод для пресс-релиза - заодно свой сайт (тот самый запрещенный в переписке) попиарить.
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on May 12th, 2016 09:06 am (UTC)
1) Скорее всего один или два получателя нажали кнопку спам - тогда уже и стали смотреть частную переписку.

2) Вряд ли из этой блокировки можно будет PR выжать. Слишком уж рутинно.
mehanizatormehanizator on May 12th, 2016 05:49 am (UTC)
checked your lj profile and your personal website, found no linkedin account mentioned. must be supersecret.
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on May 12th, 2016 08:42 am (UTC)
Good catch.
I added link to LinkedIn profile here: