How We Got Around Facebook’s Silly Rule About Text in Dialog Boxes

September 9, 2014

Last week in my Monster Monsoons, Amazing Sunsets, Beautiful Flowers and Facebook’s Dumb Rule post, I explained how Facebook’s complete lack of common sense deemed that a post of a dialog box was in violation of their rules. I also complained loudly about this policy in Facebook Advertising Rules and Common Sense Not Always in Alignment.

As a reminder, the most recent post they deemed to be in violation of their policy is shown below. Note that the embedded posts will not display in e-mail, you need to read this post on the Web.

So if someone wants to promote a font, they aren’t allow to include a graphic displaying the font itself. Software developers and trainers aren’t allowed to show a dialog box if it contains text. It seems Facebook only wants pictures of cats and babies. I fought back by blurring the “offensive” graphic, putting a cat on top of it and adding the word “censored” as shown in the post below.

I don’t know about you, but I find the “photo” much less relevant in the post they allowed. But if I have to do this to be within their rules, I’ll do it. A better solution would be for Facebook to revisit a rule that just makes no sense.

In that post last week, I also talked about some monsoon storms that hit Phoenix last month. Well we got the big one yesterday! The amount of rain received at the Phoenix airport was an all-time record and many people are calling it the “100 year storm”. How bad was it? The major interstate into downtown from Los Angeles was completely underwater as you can see from the post below.

For those who are worried, there were no injuries to people stuck underwater in this photo. Unfortunately the cars weren’t as lucky.

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