April 14th, 2005

Andrei in the office

Condemning Yahoo.

Edit: I've filtered this off the public view since I've directed Yahoo at my journal
Edit:2005.06.16: This post was friends only. It is now public as the Yahoo situation has been remedied.

It has now been two days. In the past two days I have received 6 automated mailings that have tried to scrape and compare data from my replies to compare with minutia about my past.

The way that Yahoo verifies an account is to send you an automated email asking you for data about when you registered for the account. This data is then scraped and compared. Anything you write seems to be utterly ignored.

When I worked for a company in San Diego I created this Yahoo acct. Not fully trusting Yahoo at the time I may or may not have used completely accurate data. I probably figured if I could trust the service I would eventually set the data to being accurate. Granted, there's also the fact that I may have used accurate data for my work place.

See, this was 5 years ago. I've moved 4 time since then. I've been laid off twice. My old company email (that I've used to register data with services) has since gone under. And to make matters worse, I've changed my name.

So far any attempts to talk to a live person have been fraught with everything Yahoo can send against me. "We don't have a phone number there."

So, today... Today I declare war on the system. I will call and continue to call and demand supervisor upon supervisor. Today, I will do what I've done in the past in these situations.

I will make a complete and public log of my experience. The log will be for public consumption. I welcome anyone to see how a company the size of Yahoo works in this situation.

Does it matter? Does this David and Goliath situation have any real hope of accomplishing anything? Doesn't matter.

You do what you have to do. You find a purpose and work towards it. Futility isn't a consideration. Today I think I understand the difference between working for a goal and not working towards the lust of result.

This account is mine. At least as legitimately as any online resource is to a person. I have more people who will say that life_magick is mine than any faker can muster to say it's not the case. I'm getting back what belongs to me.

This is not the end of the story. It's just starting.
Andrei in the office

I am Aries, hear me roar

There is one feature about my mother I don't talk about often. It's a trait that annoyed me as a child. She had no respect for people who wouldn't follow her whims. She would more often than naught treat clerks badly. It was a "spoiled rich" mentality. She would be mean and she would climb the food chain until she got what she demanded.

I don't like to identify with my mother as mostly everyone who knows me knows.


You do not screw with me or those close to me. Especially those close to me. The difference between me and my mother is that it takes me a lot of consideration before I cross the line into the attack.

When I do find myself crossing this line it is a side of me that I let out in full force. I have no qualms about bringing in the absolute darkest sides of myself and taking down anyone that gets in the way.

To me it becomes war. To me it becomes the challenge of putting what is right back to where it should be.

Is it irrational... I don't know. I hope not. I know when to walk away from a fight and more often than naught it has been far long after those around me have told me to stop. But in many of the cases that I have been told that I'm taking it too far... I have wound up being correct and winning.

And to me it's not a question of winning, it's a question of fighting the fight with everything I have until my perceptions are changed.

The point is for me. The battle is now on. I have a fight that I have been forced into. For better or worse, it is my nature. (Hell 5 signs in Aries including Sun, Ascendant, and Saturn...)

"Never start a fight, but always finish it."

I am Aries, I am Ares, I am Shiva

I have no patience for systems that are broken and refuse to be fixed.

Edit:2005.06.16: This post was friends only. It is now public. I can't find a good reason that it should be kept from general consumption.
Andrei in the office

Where I stand with Yahoo

Below the cut is a letter that was requested from one of the Chief Officer's departments at Yahoo!

The letter will explain my entire situation and the steps I've taken so far.

Please note, I got to the point where I was asked to send this letter by a representative of one of the board of the company.

EDIT: Removed a name that hadn't been removed, resigned the text because the <strike> were pgp encoded but not shouwing in the text.
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