We are Harassed Even Here - What It Means for You
I was involved in an accident this morning, just a minor one, but still, it bothered me. Upon returning home, the first thing I saw in my email was a message from Redroom saying they had received an email from an "anonymous" member who said I was using a photo of 1990s model, Shana Zadrick. Oh, no way! Not true! I don't even resemble Shana Zadrick except for the hair. Shana Zadrick has very distinctive eyebrows and a mole like Cindy Crawford's and I do not.
However, I was dismayed at Redroom because I was told to take my legitimate photo down and upload another. Now, please bear in mind that this "anonymous authority" could provide absolutely NO proof whatsoever that my photo was a photo of 1990s model Shana Zadrick, who, while pretty, is someone I wouldn't even WANT to look like (she's too "hard" and "brittle" for my taste, but she was a good model, and I'm not a model).
So, with NO proof, NO name, NO link to a photo like mine purporting to be "Shana Zadrick," etc., I had to remove my LEGITIMATE PHOTO. I was told, "Redroom only allows authors to use photos of themselves." THAT'S THE PHOTO I DID USE - A PHOTO OF ME. Well, I'm at a loss. What photo SHOULD I put up then if not one of me?
I've been to court several times in the past because I've been stalked, harassed, attacked, blackmailed, etc. I've obtained "Cease and Desist" orders and "Orders of Protection." I hate to see it happening again, but I can tell anyone, I won't hesitate to return to court to uncover the name of the person who's harassing me this time, here on Redroom. I think I know who it is - I have a pretty good guess, but I need to make sure.
What really dismays me is that Redroom would be so unprofessional as to take the word of an anonymous person, and the email to me admitted that the person WAS, indeed anonymous, and that he or she could provide absolutely NO proof that MY photo was a photo of 1990s model, Shana Zadrick. However, the anonymous accuser, with absolutely NO proof, prevailed, and I was told if I didn't remove the photo, my profile would be taken down. I'm so dismayed by Redroom's total lack of professionalism and fairness in this matter, that I don't care if my profile is taken down or not. I've met some nice people here, but other than that, there's nothing for me to do here, and I already own several Websites of my own.
What the harassment of me means to other Redroom members and authors is this: Redroom does not make use of the DMCA. Redroom is taking the word of anonymous nut cases over legitimate members who truly try to provide useful content. That means any nut case with access to a computer and the Internet can harass you as well as me.
If I lose my Redroom profile, well, so long. Really no loss to me, and I don't want to get addicted to a site. But it could mean a LOT to some members and authors.
I urge ANYONE who reads this to search photos of "Shana Zadrick" and they will see, except for perhaps the hair, she and I don't resemble each other at all.
I really don't want to be a part of the Redroom community anymore. I have too much going on in my life to put up with total BS and harassment that is fostered by Redroom by NOT requiring the accuser to provide some kind of proof.
I wish everyone else here the best of luck, with their writing careers and with their lives.
And to my harasser and stalker, if you think this bothers me, think again. I have nothing to gain by having a Redroom profile. I've met some great people here, but except for one or two, no one I'm going to really miss. I am dismayed, not that I'm being stalked and harassed yet again - I expected that. I'm dismayed by Redroom's lack of professionalism in the matter.
PS - I removed my own short stories before I saw them somewhere else, and I am trying to figure out how to remove my profile.