That’s just what happened to the four other people who criticized Google or nitecruzr.
They want me to provide a cell phone number. That’s what Aaron, and Hoystory, and Dead Dog Bounce, and EnigmatiCore all did. Me, I went and left a support ticket with a different e-mail address, because I wasn’t thrilled about giving them a cell phone number. I have not heard back yet.
I rely on Gmail, so I’ll probably hand over the cell phone number if necessary. But I don’t like it. And I would strongly advise people who don’t already rely on Gmail to explore different options.
Since I am locked out of my Google account, I also cannot access Google Reader:
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I am convinced that Google has given this fellow nitecruzr the authority to flag accounts and require them to hand over cell phone numbers. (And if, instead, they are just asking for cell phone numbers wholesale, that’s a concern as well.)
Google, do something about this clown. GIve me back my Gmail without making me give you more personal information of mine.
In short: don’t be evil, Google.
Or hey, at least when you’re done, restore Althouse’s archives.