Returning from a trip in November, I quickly became entangled in the tripartite weave of WordPress.com, TalkTalk and the IWF all disowning responsibility for thousands of users’ blogs effectively barred from access, including my own. After several days of being hurled like a bagatelle ball from one peg to another of forum support requests and calls to customer care, normal service was resumed. Little or no explanation was offered but it surfaced through the grapevine as the broad sweep of the IWF (see links below).
Having just come back from a short stay, these same problems are again evident which could lead me to the paranoid belief in a connection between broken blogs and my holiday breaks. Fortunately sanity prevails though there is the sound of tearing of hair as this solitary piece of info was belatedly posted in the WP forums:
Dashboard Errors – TalkTalk, Sky, and BT Care Users
As of March 12th, WordPress.com is being blocked for TalkTalk, Sky, and BT Care users. This is the result of WordPress.com being listed on an advisory list with the Internet Watch Foundation. As a result, users of these services will likely have issues accessing their WordPress.com Dashboard. We are in correspondence with the IWF and are attempting to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
For now access is either timed out or intermittently working about as well as walking through treacle, whilst I can only read many other blogs through the WP reader. Since this same problem occurred last July and November, I cannot help wondering whether or not this is a quarterly clean-up, with the sweeping away of reportable porn sites, as well as hundreds of innocents caught up in the cull.
Postscript 19/3/14: I saw the silver lining! Stumped for a name for my new photoart blog, this post inspired it – Hanging Up to Dry