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I Can't Believe This

Did I ever get an unpleasant surprise today in my email. It was a note from , saying they had deleted one of my . The post is still there and several people had shared it. Maybe even you did. I had actually posted twice, each with a different photo of my pink mystery flower you see above. People were trying to help me identify it. People would suggest one flower after another and I would usually say that wasn't it if I was already familiar with the flower suggested.

So what comment did tsu think violated their terms? One of my comments regarding the identification of this flower. Someone had suggested 'bleeding heart." Here's my comment they deleted:

Nope. Nothing like bleeding hearts. Mom used to grow those.

I guess they considered this violent or pornographic. So I guess we really have to watch what we say there. I suppose the one who suggested this flower also got her comment deleted. I'm going to contest this on general principles. I can reply to their email and I think I will. Just thought this might interest tsu members.


Image Credit » I took the photo and edited it.

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JeanC wrote on January 7, 2015, 11:49 PM

I had a post deleted, not sure why it was a Youtube vid. For some reason they stated what the tags I used. Funny thing, they were the same tags I used for a previous post of a Youtube vid that they left.Very weird. I put it down to new platform hiccups.

HappyLady wrote on January 7, 2015, 11:57 PM

I am totally unimpressed by tsu. I have not earned a cent and find the whole set up confusing. The fact your comment was deleted screams the site is automated.

shiela32 wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:20 AM

Maybe because of the word "bleeding". Tsu seems to be owned by a Spanish guy. That word may have a different meaning to them.

SoundNFury wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:35 AM

Wow, that is ridiculous to have a comment deleted for that. Must be an automatic filter-type thing I'm guessing, although I'm not on Tsu and don't know how they operate.

CalmGemini wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:00 AM

It looks like the flower very common In India , Thetti or Thechy flower (Ixora Coccinea ) .It has medicinal value.We have red,white and yellow flowers here.I think this is also called jungle geranium.I am not very sure the leaves look a little different.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:14 AM

Sounds like a poorly programmed robot is doing the screening.

nbaquero wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:49 AM

barbrad Well it looks like they still haven't fine tuned their operations. By the way, I seem to have noticed a decline in reviews/opinions about Tsu lately.

LilyDay wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:29 AM

Nothing like using an apparently automated system set to British English to monitor a site heavily used by Americans...

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:03 AM

I wrote to them, explained that any human reading this would know the context, and asked what about it violated terms. We shall see.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:06 AM

I think every site we are on has some sort of automated screening. Amazon is one of the worst. Some booksellers I know can't even Put the title of a book they are selling in the data base if it has a censored word. I can't remember the examples. With millions writing on a site, they have to use some sort of automation. If they had to hire enough humans they wouldn't be able to pay us.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:06 AM

Maybe.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:07 AM

I'm sure it is. A human would know we were talking about garden flowers.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:08 AM

I"ll check it out when I have time tomorrow.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:08 AM

Certainly not a gardener.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:10 AM

I still enjoy it. i"m not sorry I joined. I make more there now than I have on Bubblews this past week. Of course I haven't posted much on Bubblews this week, either.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 5:11 AM

I don't know how it's set. It will be interesting to get an answer.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 8, 2015, 6:55 AM

The comments are scanned by a program and certain words send up flags. These flags need to be viewed by human eyes, but sometimes these sites don't have the manpower to do that. On MyLot someone posted a recipe that included chicken breasts and it was deleted.

j2401 wrote on January 8, 2015, 7:06 AM

I dont know what tsu means, Im not very up on technical things I only know the basics

VinceSummers wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:09 AM

That's no bleeding heart. ***I*** grew bleeding hearts.

VinceSummers wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:10 AM

OH. did I forget to mention? I deleted Tsu the other day. It looks like the owners are into some kind of paranormal mess.

maxeen wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:33 AM

I wish I knew how to get a comment on tsu,they never appeared and I have given up going there.

Natalie wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:42 AM

That's crazy. I signed up there but have yet to do anything. I hope it gets sorted out for you.

WordChazer wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:46 AM

I have no time for that site, as you know, but honestly, what a bunch of loony tunes that makes them sound. So glad I left and deleted my account.

WordChazer wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:49 AM

One cent per thousand likes the last time I checked, I think. That's even lower than the big B and I don't have time or patience for that right now. At least here when I write articles I get likes and comments and I see my bank balance rising, ever so slowly.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:35 AM

I have not made it anywhere with that site. Can not figure out what it is you are supposed to do over there.

melody23 wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:36 AM

When I was just about ready to finish high school they were just starting to really bring computers in, that makes me sound really old but we are only talking about 12 years ago. Sure we had computers in classes that needed them, like computing obviously, or admin but we didn't have computers in the library or anything like that until then. they created this big fancy ICT suite over one of the holiday weeks, It was a nightmare for many reasons that don't matter here but one of its many problems was over-sensitive blocking of random words. One of the things we weren't allowed to look up on the internet was extreme sports, however what the computer seen as extreme was a bit ridiculous. We also had certain words that would flag up and stop us doing things so if you wrote about what you did in the summer holidays (did everyones school make them do this after summer break? every. single. year) and you happened to have been riding your BMX bike you would get a flag and someone would come speak to you about your inappropriate use of an extreme sport, you also couldn't play football, tennis, cricket or any other sport involving balls. Biology homework was impossible!

FreyaYuki wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:02 PM

I don't see anything wrong with the comment that was deleted. Keep us posted if you got a reason why they deleted your comment.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:11 PM

That is absurd. Ni explanation was given? Wow I am surprised and see no reason for their actions.

nbaquero wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:16 PM

&BardRad I think any place is better than Bubbs these days.

AngelSharum wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:51 PM

LOL they must have machines looking for stuff and not people. That's just ridiculous.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 8, 2015, 2:59 PM

I'm not using it as a writing site. I'm using it for promotion and social network and it's working great for me. It's probably bringing as many or more views to my writing as Facebook, probably a lot more than Twitter or Google+. Plus, I get to interact with a lot of writer friends I know from various sites. That's worth much more than the 13 cents I've earned so far.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:16 PM

I've read that they're using some sort of automatic filters, and they can be triggered for things that are not at all in violation. I got such an email in my first weeks of participation at Tsu, and at that point the system didn't generate a report to tell you what the deleted content even was. I think a lot of us are getting caught up by a well-intentioned effort to keep the site safe, but that frequently goes overboard.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:29 PM

I assume that's what happened here, too.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:33 PM

I agree. I've earned more on tsu this month so far than I have in residual income on either of my HubPages accounts (residual because I haven't posted in a long time there.) I'ts just about equal to what I earn here, except for my referral bonuses. And I enjoy it.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:34 PM

It's a social networking site, rather like Facebook, except they share some of their earnings with members.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:36 PM

So far they haven't answered, but it hasn't been 24 hours yet.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:36 PM

Sorry. I didn't get that.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:37 PM

Could you give us a bit more detail on that?

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:39 PM

I've never had a problem. You have an account, right? All you do is write the comment and hit the enter key, and sometimes you have to hit enter twice for it to go through.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:40 PM

I think every site has some sort of automated helpers, especially writing sites.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:41 PM

Robots don't give reasons. Hopefully the human will after getting my email.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:41 PM

I'm sure they do.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:43 PM

I'm not sorry I joined and this doesn't phase me. If it had happened on one site I could mention they might have deleted my account with no explanation or withheld my pay.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:44 PM

I'm sure no human decided this. it's obviously an automated program. I thought it was funny, to tell the truth.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:49 PM

You do what you do on Facebook -- interact with people and post things that interest you, your own work, links to your work or the work of others you want people to see. It's another way to get a bigger audience for your writing or Etsy shop, or Zazzle products, or just to see what other people are doing. Some people like social networking and others don't. I do, if there is some real interaction. WE can use our affiliate or promotional links there and we can talk about things in public or in private messages there that we can't here or on other sites. It's a great way to exchange emails privately if there's someone you want to stay in touch with or talk to off-site.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:50 PM

Exactly. AS long as they tell me and don't just delete my account and accuse me of cheating, I'm OK with it.

maxeen wrote on January 8, 2015, 4:34 PM

Thanks for that but maybe too late now..

WordChazer wrote on January 8, 2015, 4:57 PM

In which case the admin should openly admit that they use algorithms and automates for these things and instigate an appeal process for deleted comments.

Glenn wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:29 PM

Barbrad - did you write to Anthony Long (@antlong), he is usually pretty good at replying. He's the software engineer at Tsū.

BarbRad wrote on January 9, 2015, 1:18 AM

No. I just replied to the email. How do you write to him? I can't talk about it in a post.

BarbRad wrote on January 9, 2015, 1:19 AM

Software isn't very intelligent sometimes. I think spell check programs aren't very smart, either.

k2705 wrote on January 9, 2015, 2:29 AM

I've never nern on this site before I have heard of it though.

AliCanary wrote on January 9, 2015, 5:45 AM

Holy crap, those people are definitely not clued in. You don't need to speak English perfectly or to know that bleeding hearts are a type of flower to realize there's such a thing called "context"! Why in the world would people be talking about anything but flowers on the post???

AliCanary wrote on January 9, 2015, 5:48 AM

Sangre de dios! Spanish is full of dramatic blood-related phrases. You'd think they wouldn't mind a bit.

BarbRad wrote on January 10, 2015, 12:06 AM

Glenn AliCanary @VisionofHope and others who commented: I heard back from the administrators today and the person who answered apologized for deleting the comment in error and admitted that there are some false positives for violations in the scanning where no violations have occurred. So they are responsive when we are innocent, and they at least communicate when they have deleted something and explain why. That's more than you can say for some sites I know about.

Wordsmith wrote on January 10, 2015, 1:44 AM

Tsu is a goofball site with little in the way of serious content. It seems people mostly post images of what they ate for breakfast or silly selfies.