Sometime over the last 48 hours Rhamnousia’s ‘Polaris Global Marketing Scam?’ blog has been suspended for a violation of WordPress’ terms of service.

Initially I thought Polaris Global might have thrown some weight around to get the information removed but after having a quick look at the terms and conditions it seems to be just a routine suspension.

The ‘Polaris Global Marketing Scam?’ blog was hosted for free on WordPress’ inhouse hosting service. This meant that it had to comply with the WordPress Terms of Service.

Although I’m not 100% sure, the clause the ‘Polaris Global Marketing Scam?’ blog was in breach of appears to be;

Your blog is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your blog’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own.

Despite the business name Polaris Global Marketing not being actively promoted, it seems the clause applies to inactive business names too.

It’s interesting to note that WordPress runs on a complaints system stating that

Automattic (WordPress’ parent company) has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects.

This indicates that there’s a good chance the folks at Polaris Global themselves put in a complaint and had the blog taken down.

Reader written-info recently left a comment indicating that Polaris Global are planning to release Beyond Freedom Decision in May 2010 and Beyond Freedom Action in September 2010. These two flagship product release dates are a whopping eight and twelve months respectively after Polaris Media Group was launched in September 2009.

Perhaps these release dates would be sooner if Polaris Global put in half as much effort into releasing their flagship products as they do seemingly trying to police the internet.


Update (26/04/2009): A new WordPress blog titled ‘Polaris Global’ has appeared and is being run by a ‘Jen’. Unlike the ‘Polaris Global Marketing Scam?’ wordpress blog this one is strictly about presenting Polaris Global in a positive light.

Unless Shane Krider had a sex change, or Rachel Oliver is publishing under an alias then I’m pretty sure ‘Jen’ doesn’t own Polaris Global.

I haven’t personally made a complaint as I can’t be bothered I’m not that petty. It’ll be interesting to see whether this blog is permitted.