For those inclined, go on DeviantArt, upload a submission, and put “no deviantart points” anywhere in the description. It does this neat thing where it says ‘failed to update description’. DeviantArt is blocking submissions that include ‘no deviantart points’ in their descriptions.
Looking at the POST requests, it sends a perfectly valid post, identical to every other one that works, except it comes back as a failure from the server. Then another post is made to google analytics.
Now, all this really shows is that they are actively blocking ‘no deviantart points’ as a blacklisted phrase. The google analytics contact likely happens on every failure of any type to track when users are receiving errors, and watch for issues on the site.
However, the fact remains, deviantart is now beginning work to prevent people from taking any payment besides deviantart points on their site at all, and this is something to complain to them about.
This totally compels me to go back. Totally.
Heheh, though. dA thinking they can censor this. They’ve done a lot of censorship shit before, but this isn’t something they can do. People will find a myriad of ways to say “no deviantart points”. It’s literally impossible to censor language, unless they break down and put up a rule that you HAVE to accept points. That would totally work out… to spark a mass leave from everyone who doesn’t make stamps.