Signs of Time to Leave the Party

In the past month or more, I’ve been plagued by vandalism of blogs and their content and harassment from the back office of community sites, and harassment from some LinkedIn members who appear to object to my work. In the case of LinkedIn, it appears they are being used in a cat’s paw scenario and they fail to take cognizance of the malfeasance.

Most recently, I discovered solid evidence of vandalism from, of all places where I thought there was integrity, Toolbox for HR.

In July, I updated my profile to include some certifications and accomplishments. I also updated my projects to show I was working on writing a book. Maybe it’s good that I did not include the fact that I’m working on a seminar. On September 13, I finally wrote a journal entry for my profile on Toolbox. It read:

I Wonder What Happened

Yvonne LaRose 3 days ago | Comments (0)

 In trying to set up some systems to monitor reception of my content, I just discovered my bio and work history that were created for this site are gone.

I have to wonder how long ago those deletions occurred and why. I realize the site has been undergoing a lot of reform. They never sent a notice that there was going to be destruction of content.

It was then that I realized some of the interferences and accidents with my work are not necessarily concerted via a group of people. Instead, they’re part of being involved with the wrong people and the wrong places. Like Alice in Wonderland, the journey through fantastic situations seems to be infinitely raveling into the horizon. But like Alice, there is an end to the bizarre; it doesn’t have to be infinite. That change in direction comes from being focused on the principle goal – reach the intended destination – and get out of the absurd.

In anger, I published a statement on my profile intended to redirect anyone who found the empty bio and work history. Realizing the full impact of the chicanery would only reach a very small number and that whoever is involved in performing these acts will continue with impunity, I turned the statement into a blog post on September 15.

It was interesting to track the visitors to my blog and see where visitors were going. What was even more interesting was the information collected about two days after that blog post went live. Take note:

Time of Visit   Sep 15 2012 1:46:38 pm

Last Page View   Sep 15 2012 1:46:38 pm

Visit Length   0 seconds

Page Views   1 Referring URL unknown

Visit Entry Page

Visit Exit Page

Somehow, someone associated with the site managed to redirect the visit to a different site (that requires registration and log in) called “Rebel Mouse.” It appears that’s how that individual sees me. Maybe that’s how those associated with the back end management see me. That’s fine. The message definitely registered for me. It said (by inference) I’m extremely small and meaningless. It said I’m a nuisance. It said a rebel mouse is not very effective. Hah! I remember the movie, Ben.

It could be that whoever is responsible for these changes is one of my recruiting industry detractors who is doing contract work. I don’t have the time nor the energy to devote to that investigation. Alice did not stop to try to figure out the ailings of Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. She did not try to correct the madness of the tea party – nor any of the other situations and personalities she encountered. She simply found a way to ease herself out of the scene and continue on her meaningful journey.

Toolbox for HR’s Mission Statement is in direct contradiction to the activities that have occurred. The site was taken over by ZDNet in January of this year, 2012. Apparently these events represent how ZDNet intends to treat their adopted child. But these events also show what happens when workers with sophomoric mentalities, make that childish mentalities, are involved with product integrity.

There’s no longer a contact person who can clear up these situations nor bring things back into control. Attempts to contact someone regarding other similar site difficulties resulted in no response. So while this writing is not a professional manner of dealing with the situation, it is a stab at acknowledging to the public that some behaviors simply are not to be tolerated.

The tamperings create a blemish on the quality of the site and therefore mar the brand and goodwill of ZDNet as the parent company. Values such as ethical behavior and reliability are called into question. The vandalism acts to deter those who are serious about growing their careers. They will not be viewed as being part of any type of meaningful professionalism nor quality work.

I’ll flesh out that blog post with some discussion about professionalism and brand. Maybe I’ll finish up the four or five posts that still reside there in draft form. However, it may be much more prudent to simply transfer those drafts to one of my own blogs and publish the completed content there. After all, why waste good effort on pitching into a black hole?

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