LinkedIn: Are You Linked or Doomed?

This post has nothing to do with clueless doctors but a lot with clueless people.

I have joined LinkedIn while I was still a student at Stanford and LinkedIn just started. At that time it was a fun site for networking and finding jobs. Over the years it has become more of an information exchange place as well but still remaining within the circles of the particular professionals of the subjects being discussed. Anyone can start a conversation and henceforth that person is immediately what is called a “group moderator.” Being a moderator means that any person of the moderator’s dislike may be moderated out of the group–moderating out pretty much means banned in this case, albeit you may stay in the group, but you cannot open your mouth without the moderator checking out if what you said was to his or her liking.

At one point of my career, about two years ago, I was invited to join a group discussing photography that stirred up my interest in a new kind of camera they were discussing. The group owner was a guy who moderated about 15 other groups, owned and bankrupted about 10 firms, attended 10+ colleges but never got his PhD hard as he tried but in his opinion he “had earned his PhD” and that was that–these are all on his personal bio.

So when I joined the group and the conversation, the topic of PhD came up–I no longer remember the circumstances–but he started to feel stifled that I had a PhD for real, while he did not so he did not like the color of my eyes and I was moderated out no matter what I said. All is well you say; he has the right to not like me for having a PhD. What you may not realize is that he moderated me out of the entire LinkedIn, globally!

Yep, LinkedIn is set up in such a way that a single moderation in one group will lock you out of all other groups. There is one group that is in fact for those alone who have been moderated out of other groups and there are hundreds of people in there. I know many people who start their own groups because they were moderated out of all others and that is the only way they can communicate with people of like mind and interest!

Thus a single person with questionable motives can moderate every single member out of every single LinkedIn group by a single click on the button per person!

So write a note to LinkedIn you say? Complain? Yes… I did.

I have been writing now for over two years, getting absolutely nowhere and still not able to comment anywhere. Today I tweeted to the CEO of LinkedIn to change this and today I officially filed a BBB complaint. If it comes down to  having to sue them, I may start a class action lawsuit against LinkedIn with all those who have been moderated out of all conversations by a single person who did not like the color of their eyes!

It is ridiculous how LinkedIn has this moderation set up that a single person can kick every single other member out of basically any activity based on one comment that he/she may not have liked, or like in my case, a personality trait. I even wrote to Linked in that this person harassed me–I have emails of that for proof… no one gave a damn!

Well let us all change that! And let us start changing that now! Join the group I just created called OutModerated. 🙂

 

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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5 Responses to LinkedIn: Are You Linked or Doomed?

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  2. Roald Michel says:

    Lol, don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s a free service, and they don’t care about your troubles. Read my entry “Ah……Social networks” in “Blat(s) of the past(s)” in my group, and learn, hahaha.

    About LI: It’s not only a moderator who can make your life “miserable”. When you’ve gathered enough flags (mostly 10) handed to you by all these fine anonymous people who disliked a comment of yours, you’re in moderation across the network. After a while it goes away again. Can be a week or two, or three, or………

    You wrote to LI about that? Really? LOL.

    A class act? Don’t you have better things to do?

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    • I have been in moderation for 2 years now because of this one intimidated guy who hated that I had a PhD and he did not. I do not believe that he keeps on adding flags to me every single week!!! There is no other way! I do have a lot of way better things to do but you know what, I have a lot of academic colleagues on that site that ask me questions and I darn it cannot respond! I infuriates the hell out of me.. that is why I want to fight it… They are a publicly traded company and up until this happened, I was actually a shareholder.. forget that! Sold it all… Coincidentally they had some other oops and they nearly tanked on the market. Not sure where they are now… but heck how do they make money if everyone is on free service?

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      • Roald Michel says:

        Advertisements, dear, advertisements.

        I’m still in moderation in “TED unofficial”, but that’s because since I was put in it, I never posted there again. Had I done so, I probably was out of moderation for a long time already.

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