How I Got Suspended from Medium

And You Can Too, But Probably Shouldn’t

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A suspension bride. To on the nose? Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Suffice to say the effect was powerful and chilling. If my accuser was highly motivated and had deep pockets I could find myself served with papers requiring me to appear in court and face possible civil and even criminal sanction.

The bottom line however is that it doesn’t really matter what I think, only what a lawyer can convince a judge or jury to think, and I was still very afraid of the possibility that a committed and wealthy aggrieved writer from the site could find a way to completely destroy my life from top to bottom.

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Email from Medium Support received Sept. 10, 2019

That is one of the lessons I take away from this entire fiasco. A re-emphasis on just how small one life really is in the grand scheme. How unimportant each of us as individuals really are. To oneself, ones problems, ones day to day stuff seems so massive, so consequential, so earth shattering, but they are invisible to 99.99999% of everyone else, and worth no more than a shrug to 0.0000005%. To the remaining 0.0000005% who are affected, well, they have there own 0.0000005% to worry about.

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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