For some obscure reason my Instagram account experienced a limitation. Every time I wanted to follow some one I got this message.
I reported it a number of times and tried everything I could find to get in contact with Instagram, but seriously. They couldn’t care less.
I had 93 followers and I followed 73 people and I had exactly 10 posts and I am 100% certain I didn’ violate their so called Community Guide lines.
Six months went by and nothing happened. So I decided to forget about this account and create another account. But that project went south.
I signed up by entering a new mail, my user name and my real name. Got a confirmation code on mail which I entered and then I got this:
Of course I disagreed A LOT and clicked the blue button after which they AGAIN wanted to confirm my mail. I entered the code I got and now they also wanted confirmation by SMS so I entered my phone number.
Now, Facebook and Instagram in my world are two of the most buggy systems I have ever seen. I have encountered dozens of bugs in both networks – which I have a ton of screen shots of.
So that SMS confirmation code never arrived. I tried to request a new code with a few minutes in between but NO code ever arrived. No code what so ever. Not even in the following days.
As you can see I could change my phone number so I tried my second phone. Twice. With a few minutes in between. No code EVER arrived on this phone either.
Sixth time I requested an SMS code I got a message saying I tried too many times and had to wait 24 hours.
I am not surprised. Not the least.
I have been a systems developer most of my life. I have programmed computers since I was a teenager. My first was a Sinclair ZX80. It had a program that could show the clock on a monitor. A program that came with the computer. But it had only hands for hours and minutes. So I programmed a hand for seconds. In less than 60 seconds.
My first programming language was Basic. The next was Cobol. And there is a reason why Cobol still lives! Cobol teaches you to code CORRECTLY. No other programming languages does that.
I am SO glad I learned Cobol from the beginning. It made my programming a hell of a lot more systematically – which means a hell of a lot less bugs!
My next programming language was PL1. Then came Assembly programming. That is low level and we talk directly to the CPU and the memory with this symbolic code.
Then I learned Fortran and RPGII which is a very special programming language for IBM’s computers. IBM1130, System 3, System 32, System 34 & System 36. They had 8″ floppy disks!
So I learned Basic. GW Basic and Acorn Basic. Acorn’s Basic was designed to use procedures which cleaned up the coding a lot.
Then came Poly Pascal and a few years later Turbo Pascal which was my favourite for many years to come. I created several hundred systems in Turbo Pascal. At that time we also got Dbase, Clipper, Delphi and a few other third generation systems.
But things developed and I got a job where we had Visual Basic and Visual C# and the best of all – I got to program a shit load of things using DOS Batch under Windows. This is extremely complicated but VERY powerful. At that time I was also involved in Artificial Intelligence which wasn’t crazy advanced at that time.
Now I use HTML, CSS and Java for coding.
Now, there is a basic rule to programming. Every time you write one line of code the next line of code should check if the first went well. A thumb of rule!
But that does not cover testing in general.
Testing computer programs.
Testing is a science programmers today does not learn. As a programmer you carry out your own tests when you are coding.
When you think your code is finished you hand it over to one or a few others and they test it for you. And they WILL find bugs. These testers should be a mix of programmers AND users! Because users do things programmers don’t expect.
They click on all the wrong buttons and they misinterpret what the computer screen says. And that’s a good thing.
When you are certain your code is free from bugs you send it out to approximately 100 users for 14 days. They will find 25% more bugs!
When you have fixed these bugs you send your software to 1,000 new users. They will find 10% more bugs!
When you have fixed them you send your software to 10.000 users and they will find 5% more bugs.
All in all it is VERY hard to create software without bugs, but this is the way to fix MOST of them before releasing it to the entire world.
As a comment on the side line I would like to say that Twitter didn’t even have a test environment for their software. They just changed the running version of the software.
Testing properly is expensive like shit. That’s why many software producers decide to ship software without testing. In other words they let users test it for free. They might save money but they hurt their reputation.
On this background I allow my self to assert that the system developers hired by Mark Zuckerberg, and that includes him self, are amateurs.
On top of that I want to state that the Meta AI is similar to people in the stone age. The Google AI is similar to people in the industrialization, but Elon Musk’s AI corresponds pretty much where humans are today.
Mark Zuckerberg says his AI is wrong in 10% of its decisions (I think it is more). Google’s AI has its flaws too but my guess is that their fail rate is considerably lower than Metas’.
Elon’s ChatGPT also makes mistakes, but it is worth noticing that these mistakes pretty much corresponds to the kind of mistakes humans make. ChatGPT can talk about things that are obviously wrong. So can humans. An they often do!
This is two peculiar error messages from Facebook. The first saying Invalid Marker – what ever that is supposed to mean. The second saying: Couldn’t ask the question…
I have no idea who Facebook was trying to ask or what the question was, but it failed utterly.
Facebook in it self is a technical problem. This message and me are having frequently intermezzo’s. Maybe I am too demanding and want functionality Facebook hasn’t invented yet.
Here is a nice contradiction. This is the kind of bugs that makes me wonder if Marks’ sys devs are drunk.
The red banner says: Your page has been disabled.
The green check mark says: Your page has no limitations or violations.
In this case the page WAS deactivated but at least they answered our mails and opened it after a month or so.
The Facebook Page in question was Don’t Fuck With Daddy. The page has been on Facebook many years but new policies brought it down. But after writing to Facebook that this was a Company name and not just an expression, they opened it.
Just to make sure it won’t happen again we changed Fuck to Fck.
This is a weird message. My account wasn’t blocked. Not the slightest.
And that talk about community standards! Makes me puke! It has never had anything to do with community standards. It is more like Facebook Law for kindergarten ish.
This one is not a bug. This is Facebook playing God. They simply HAVE to limit our access to each other. Otherwise they can’t sell enough ads. I have absolutely no idea what that limit was but I was inviting friends to a new page. Maybe it would be smart to inform us exactly how many friends we can invite at given time intervals.
No Facebook! You can’t count. I have 4.950 friends! This bug existed several months until they finally fixed it. I wonder if I could find that bug faster. I am pretty sure I can. Even though I haven’t got the slightest knowledge of how they code. I can find any bug any where in any code! In a lot less than three months.
Thank You Facebook! Tank you for blocking me when reporting a scammer who wants to attract people to an adult dating site. There were two profiles with the exact same profile image and several semi nude images. Oh – maybe it is Zuckerbergs wife…
There are millions of these profiles on Facebook. MILLIONS! The dating sites who create these profiles use students who want to make a little extra money. They get a dollar for every signup they get. They know these profiles have a short life span so they create profiles lik crazy. The more they create the bigger chance some horny guy signs up.
Some times I suspect Facebook have an agreement with these dating sites. They don’t do anything to delete them and reporting them has been increasingly more difficult.
Here is an image showing Facebook help pages are gone. Not that it matters. They are worthless anyway.
This one is interesting! You prpbably seen it a lot in 2019-2021.
It is interesting because Facebook is flat out lying here! Many of us already knew but here is evidence.
They claim this is Checked by independent fact-checkers.
The key word is ‘Independent’.
I researched this! They refer to an organisation that is called Factcheck.org.
BUT Factcheck.org get money from Google, Facebook, Robert Johnson – YES THAT Robert Johnson! The medical gigant Johnson and Johnson!
How can these socalle Independent factcheckers be independent if they get money form Facebook???
This is kind of my favourite. Generic error messages saying nothing. Helping nothing. Meaning nothing. Great customer support!
How to create a post without a Submit button. The brilliancy of Facebook will never cease to astound me. I am stil baffled and bewildered contemplating on who they hire to create these systems…
I never found out what to do here. My simple brain isn’t geared for paradoxes and zen koans like this…
Here is a video (no. 6) streamed to Facebook 14 years before Mark Zuckerberg was born…
I am almost certain I once read Facebooks community guide lines, but apparently Facebook didn’t. They even recomended me to contact this lovely woman Augustina directly. I was tempted…
No point in reporting porn on Facebook. According to this it is not against their community standards…
I fear this is the kind of men who hide behind all these sex scammer profiles. He probably has an AK47 in his back pocket or hidden in his intergluteal cleft (butt crack).
Facebook hasn’t really taught their AI what is legal on Facebook and what is not. Maybe their AI should read the Community Standards…?
Trying to switch pages here. But that is probably against the Community Standards. So why would I do that?
This is scary but I am relieved. I thought I was paranoid and then it shows up Facebook simply knows who my friends are in real life.
This morning I celebrated. I really thought Facebook was dead. Their stocks had dropped by more than 50% at this time and I shorted them!!! Lucky me! I celebrated! During this blackout they dropped 10% more. Facebook was gone for 24 hours!