I did not realize this either! Send me a message next time and I’ll try to help :) I’m sorry you had to go through this. Although for different reasons, this is why I recently wrote a post underscoring the warning in J.J. Pryor’s post:

I’ve also had this happen and the feeling is terrible!

I wish Medium would take a little time to investigate these claims before outright suspending or permanently banning users (especially long-term writers who have used the platform for years without issue!). I could understand if it was a brand new account posting obvious spam but I don’t see why they wouldn’t look into a well known account like yours!

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