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Sam J.

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A few months ago, I posted an answer on Quora that some might find controversial. For several months, they didn't have a problem with it.

Yesterday, though, they deleted my answer for "violating" one of their policies. (I suspect that someone "reported" my answer because they just didn't like it.) Anyway, I appealed, and won. Today, however, they collapsed the very same answer for violating their "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy (which is ridiculous--my answer is polite and respectful). Anyway, I appealed, and asked them how my answer violates their policy. They totally rejected my appeal with no explanation (obviously because they know they don't have a leg to stand on). Again, I think someone is merely "reporting" my posts because they don't like my opinion--so much for freedom of ideas on Quora.

Also today, they collapsed another one of my answers, and this time there were absolutely no details about why. So, I appealed and asked for clarification of what rule my comment supposedly broke. Well, they simply rejected my appeal without any explanation again.

Anyway, I'm done with Quora. It appears that the deceptive, dictatorial moderators just do whatever they want--they don't follow any logical or published rules. Apparently their BNBR policy actually stands for: "Bully Now, Bully Rigorously." ;) In fact, one person on there hit the nail on the head with this comment:

"In the end, Quora moderation's purpose is to mainly prevent views they don't approve of from becoming visible on the site even when it answers the question fully within their ambiguous BN;BR policy so that they can create an echo chamber where everyone nods and agrees with each other while simultaneously claiming the site is open to all views and opinions (something that they are clearly not, as I and most others have noticed)."

I would recommend staying away from Quora. Or at the very least, don't try to post anything of substance there.
Dr. Mercola has a lot of good articles, but if you ever challenge what he says with constructive criticism, he'll boot you from the site.

For instance, on his Web site, I wrote that:

1) Many people don't think ADHD is a real disease (even though Mercola does).

2) Mercola tells his readers to boycott Google, but he routinely includes videos from YouTube, which is owned by Google. That's hypocritical.

3) He is very down on alcohol (even in moderation), but seems to be A-OK with marijuana.

Can you believe that such mild comments got me banned from his site? I guess he's extremely insecure.

Anyway, even though he has a lot of good articles, please stay from his site. Or at the very least don't bother to leave any comments, because no dissent is allowed.

Mercola is also a crook. For years, he was selling "full-spectrum" fluorescent bulbs on his Web site. Then in the fall of 2016, he put out an article saying that any fluorescent bulbs are bad for you, and that you should switch to incandescent instead. Well, guess what--after publishing the article, he KEPT SELLING THE BULBS!!!! Even months later, he was still selling the harmful fluorescent bulbs.

I guess he just wanted to sell out his stock in order to make a profit. So, apparently he couldn't care less about the health of his readers--all he cares about is making a buck.

Please stay away from Crooked Joe.
I used to be able to browse easily with JavaScript disabled. Now, the pages won't even load without JavaScript turned on--they're completely blank. And the new layout for the extended forecasts is absolutely terrible.

This site is no longer usable in my opinion.
I had a long review of an item that I wrote over 11 years ago, and Amazon suddenly deleted it a couple of weeks ago.

I have called Customer Service at least 6 times, but can never get a response from the Communities team that addresses the actual issue. Most of the time, the Communities team just ignores Customer Service and doesn't even respond to me.

My advice: Stay far, far away from the Communities team, and don't ever post any reviews up on Amazon.
This review is about the moderators of Free Republic, not the majority of posters themselves. There are many, many intelligent posters on Free Republic.

I had been a member of Free Republic for almost 10 years. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I suddenly got kicked off. This was the reason given by the moderator: "troll." Completely ridiculous. Over the nearly 10 years I was on there, I had made hundreds of posts. I had never once even received a warning, much less a ban. Anyway, I was not allowed to appeal this recent verdict or defend myself either.

Apparently the reason I got kicked off was for suggesting that Trump may have had a consensual counter with E. Jean Carroll. I like Trump overall, but I suspect that something did happen between them.

Anyway, isn't that ridiculous? I don't know what the moderators there are smoking, but frankly, I don't care. Apparently if you express any opinion that the moderators don't agree with, you're history. So much for diversity of opinions, huh? This is just a warning for any conservative who wants to join that Web site--don't. Please go elsewhere instead.
If you place an order with this company, they often won't ship it out until a week or more. And their shipping fees are outrageous.

Also, if they're out of stock for an item, they won't tell you--they will just ship your order and then tell you to reorder the missing item.

Many of their herbs are of poor quality, and they are also deceptive about some of their products. For instance, their "Ceylon" cinnamon powder is not genuine--it's cassia cinnamon instead (which is a lot cheaper). That's called "fraud."

I read an account by an employee who said that lots of their employees smoke pot and vape, and no doubt the smells and residues end up in their herbs. Apparently they drop stuff on the floor and put it back in the vats too.

Please stay away from this awful place.

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Sam J.'s review of Amazon earned 2 Very Helpful votes

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