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/r/MCAT just got banned and cannot be accessed

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by sniksnek, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. sniksnek

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    Not sure what sparked this, but it seems like we can't access the subreddit at the moment.

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    That is odd. I was reading the MCAT reaction thread and got the "banned" window after i backed out. Wonder if the MCAT gods complained to reddit. But i thought the moderator said only those who revealed specific questions would be banned, not the whole group.
     
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    I don't know what I'd do without this subreddit. It is insanely helpful for aamc explanations and study advice. I'm actually upset right now.
     
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    I just checked the reddit too, it seems like the website is banned. omg...where can we ask questions on the practice???? it was so helpful and my test in in a week. AAHHHH. I hope they will reactivate it.
     
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    Just found out that the questions are still cached in google. So you can search a question, say AAMC FL 1 CP 2, and you can click the green arrow and view the cached page. All hope is not lost!
     
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    end of an era
     
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    Idiots kept posting screenshots of AAMC material.
     
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    Is it permanently banned?! Wth, whyyy. I recently discovered reddit and it was helpful in so many ways :(
     
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    Is it still possible to access the popular anki notecards for P/S posted there?
     
  11. mariposas905

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    Then they should ban those people, not the whole thing. This really sucks.
     
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    I'm not able to access this...
     
  13. sniksnek

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    Turns out it was UWorld material. I don't think I would call them idiots either, I don't think there were any explicit subreddit rules about posting them and asking for help
     
  14. mariposas905

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    How do you know it was because of this? Do you know if they're going to put the subreddit back up later?
     
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    A sad day indeed...

    As someone who self-studied, /r/MCAT and SDN were invaluable to me. Hopefully a solution can be made that doesn’t involve deleting all the information on the subreddit.
     
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  16. sniksnek

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    I'm learning all this from the subreddit discord chat. One of the mods put up a screenshot with the takedown message from Reddit.

    I think it's likely the subreddit will be restored - we have great moderators that have already addressed it. It's likely in the future there are going to be stricter rules about posting UWorld and AAMC questions though
     
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  17. mariposas905

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    Can you please link the chat? I'd love to follow up on it as well. And I hope so! there is so much valuable info on there
     
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    I'll DM you
     
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    WTF

    LIKE EVERYTHING I GONE

    KA DOC GONE

    ALL OF IT GONE WTF
     
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    reddit used to be the place you would go to discuss and share the infomation "they" said you are not suppose to. If enough people were tech savy enough to do it I'd say we create an underground forum like the Silk road or something lol.
     
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    Uworld, I believe, DMCAed it.
     
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    Does anyone know or know anyone who knows whether r/MCAT will be restored with the offending pages/materials deleted?
     
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    Also a lot of the mods started school so they don’t really have time to be stalking the subreddit anymore
     
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    FWIW, assume that Conde Nast's legal department didn't want to spend the time and money on legal challenges from copyright holders. We've spent a lot of money on lawyers to fight-off inappropriate claims in the past.

    Copyright infringement is illegal, which is why we support valid DMCA removal requests. However, remember there are for-profit organizations that will use any method possible to prevent information from being shared freely in any manner; it impacts their bottom-line.
     
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    R/MCAT mod here. As another user mentioned, we’re all busy with med school but we’re working on addressing the issue as soon as possible. Sorry for the impact on your studies!
     
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    ex r/mcat moderator here. Was looking to compile the r/mcat resources in one place anyways - but the copyright issues and permission request from each and every user proved to be a barrier.

    The Khan academy notes can be found here: Dropbox - Khan Notes - Simplify your life

    I will be posting other resources that I have created that are fully free of copyright issues shortly here. Including score conversion sheets, and resource evaluation documents. I have a bunch more that I may have that I will also post.
     
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    There is also r/MCAT2 now where people are reposting a lot of the material.
     
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    Why was the mcat reddit thread deleted? Was it because people were basically writing questions/ answers that were on the mcat?
     
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    Because someone posted Uworld screenshots on it...UWorld freaked out b/c of copyright scares and got the entire sub-forum deleted :annoyed: they could have just banned those two posts. No need to destroy the hopes and dreams of 30,000 pre-meds lol :rolleyes:
     
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    They’re blaming Uworld. Check Reddit, they’ll be talking about it more there. Sucks for all the helpful notes there but they’re posting links to find them again.


    Sent from my iPhone using SDN mobile
     
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    Do people not do that on the r/medicine sub?
     
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    I'm not sure, but I think it's more common on the MCAT forum since that's where everyone tends to post screenshots of q's they need help with:shrug:
    Either way, I really hope they get the forum back up again. So many valuable resources are on there
     
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    Uworld DMCAd 2 post. Reddit of course just deleted the whole sub. The mods should have deleted the post but if course almost all those mods are in medical school. None of them are even premeds so they probably did not see it until it was too late
     
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    Merging this thread with existing thread in the MCAT forum.
     
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    Here is the story:


    • Two poor souls create two separate threads about UWorld explanations.
    • The questions were legitimate -- screenshots are attached :nono:.
    • Anon contacted Reddit claiming copyright infringement
    • Reddit Mods threw ban hammer to /r/mcat instead of deleting select content
    • Users.exe moved to /r/premed complaining about the take-down
    • Independent user inquiries led to the possibility of UWorld being the agent behind the take-down
    • Mods and users contacted UWorld
    • UWorld responded back
    • UWorld blamed AAMC claiming AAMC had taken action
    • Smart mods and users contacted AAMC
    • AAMC responded
    • AAMC claimed they have never gone overboard, not now not ever
    • DMCA requests made by AAMC in the past back up the story
    • AAMC vindicated
    • Screenshot of Reddit report log entry shows UWorld alone denounced the subreddit
    • /r/premed riots upon seeing the screenshot
    • UWorld realizes their mistake
    • UWorld claims to be "helping" with the restoration of /r/mcat
     
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    r/MCAT should be back up tomorrow.
     
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    How do you know?
     
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    The mods posted about it in r/MCAT2.
     
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    Not surprised at the overreaction and then lying from UWorld. I used to write for them. The CEO is way paranoid and the MCAT team is not run by anyone with medical or med school experience. When you log into your free account MCAT, USMLE, anything, we were collecting a scary amount of information about you, your computer, your location. Try to take a screen shot of a UWorld question in the typical way (e.g. using windows snip), watch what happens. SDN collects similar information on you, but not to the extent that UWorld does.

    Pretty unethical how they would try to blame the AAMC. I wonder who they talked to. The whole team is quite young and inexperienced.
     

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