I recently complained to Squidoo about their page called “How to Find a Person in Los Angeles, California,” which, one would think, would have some actual tips on tracking people down. Instead, the page repeatedly links to a paid online service that turns up frequently in generic Google searches.
I expected maybe some suggestions as to geneology resources at the downtown library, or tips on accessing court records, not spam.
On March 2nd I sent a spam complaint to Squidoo, and I finally received a followup email today, almost four weeks later:
Thanks for the note. Although this may be questionable, it is not considered spam according to our Terms of Service (http://www.squidoo.com/pages/tos). But we do thank you for your participation in the Squidoo community, and please do not hesitate to notify us of any lenses that you feel are in violation of our TOS.
If you take a look at their TOS, you’ll see they are adamantly opposed to spam, and even cite a zero tolerance policy:
If our community reports you for this activity–even if your lenses and actions just SMELL spammy, you’ll likely have your account deleted.
Sure, Squidoo. And my poop smells like roses.