Crash Restraint News & Updates

YouTube Restored

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Thanks to some behind-the-scenes help by a generous Google employee, the Crash Restraint YouTube channel has been restored; so for those of you asking after some of my old pre-Vimeo videos, they're all available again now!

I have to admit that this leaves me with some very mixed feelings; on the one hand, if anything it strengthens my convinction in the problematic nature of YouTube's violations appeal process. On the other hand, it demonstrates maybe one of the few forces that can combat the tendency of large corporations to steamroll everything in their path -- namely that the bigger an organization is, the more likely there is to be an internal advocate who cares about some particular cause; and that at least in some cases, those people can make a difference.

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YouTube Account Suspended -- Where to Find My Videos

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I've been hearing from a lot of you looking for my videos, after my YouTube account having been suspended. Don't worry! All my videos that were on YouTube are also available on this site, and on my Vimeo channel.

Why did this happen?

The YouTube content review process is set up in such a way that when they think you've done something wrong, you get one appeal (which you must make without knowing the reason for your content being flagged), and if you lose that appeal, there is no recourse whatever; nor do they provide any feedback on why any such decisions are made. This makes YouTube inherently hostile to controversial content, such as content that skirts close to sexual topics, because every time a user flags something, there is a chance that the reviewer of your appeal is having a bad day, or also doesn't like the content, or whatever -- and if they reject your appeal, you're hosed.

What can be done about it?

Most importantly, if you find a broken link to a...

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Updated CRC Class List

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Over the summer I've been quietly reworking the Core Rope Curriculum to include my latest research and discoveries, get beginners proficient more quickly, and provide a more unified online and offline learning experience. I've now updated the CRC Overview Page to reflect the new curriculum structure (with 8 rather than 7 levels), and include a list of the 2-hour class modules composing levels 1-3. For students taking classes in San Francisco, this will hopefully give you a better idea of where each class fits into the big picture.

For those learning online, keep an eye out over the next couple months for new features and content based on the updated curriculum.

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Comments Should Now Be Working Again

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Someone reported to me they were having trouble commenting on ties -- looking into it, it seems to have been broken for a while. That should now be fixed. Sorry about that. Please let me know any time you're having problems with the site!

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