Summary of the debacle so far:

- My account seems to have been flagged and shadowbanned, based on the symptoms, but it doesn't actually say this anywhere in the UI

- The reason is unclear; I've received no notification or explanation of any sort from Github, and had to find out through someone at $customer not being able to see my comments

- I sent a support ticket 16 hours ago, and have gotten zero response or acknowledgment so far.

- *All* of my content, except for commits, is hidden without notice; it looks deleted to anyone not logged in as me.

- My repos are gone. Any PRs and comments I've made in other repos over the past decade+ are gone. My Gists are gone.

- This includes at least one Matrix MSC that's entirely gone, and many review comments on other Matrix MSCs and NixOS RFCs. There's just entire chunks of the standards process history missing now.

- Github's account data export only includes my own repositories; all contributions to other projects are missing. Gists are completely missing.

- I can no longer do my job for $customer, that pays my income; because anything I post in their private company repositories(!!) is also invisible - including everything I've worked on over the years, retroactively.

Like, mistakes happen, an account can get flagged for erroneous reasons, fine. But it's slowly dawning on me just how much impact this is having, with seemingly no recourse. And it begs the question of how many other people this has happened to.


Update: apparently it was a mistake on Github's end, and I have been unbanned.

Remaining questions:
- Why did that answer come 16 minutes after beginning to make noise about this?
- How could this happen in the first place?
- Why are there absolutely no mechanisms for repository owners to eg. undo this locally, so as to not break projects that were contributed to?

@joepie91 i wonder if part of the problem is "all they have is a shadowban" like reddit did for so long was everything restored as it was? or are all those links broken for good?

@fyrfli The content was never deleted; I was always able to access it as long as I was logged into my account. It was just 'deleted' from the perspective of everyone else, because all public access to it was removed.

So yeah, it should all be back now.

@joepie91 stuff like this is really encouraging me to never touch github ever again, even with a 500 foot pole

@joepie91 wait, so, they didn't even attempt to explain what the mistake was?

@joepie91 did it restore your comments/gists/etc? This is so fucked.

@joepie91 To give a guess to question one: probably someone who knows someone at GH saw the toot after it startet to go viral and used the direct path, skipping firstlevel Support, and escalated things internally

@fleaz It may have been a few possible posts, not necessarily that one toot, but that's pretty much what I am suspecting, yeah

@joepie91 Did you get a response on the support ticket?

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