Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Google Drive - We're sorry. You can't access this item because it si in violation of our Terms of Service message.

I was quite surprised to get this message and thought I'd share it with others.

I created a form to collect data from those who were interested. I used Google Drive to create the form and shared a link to the form on one of my blogs. The filename was called monopolypieces. I tested the form and then launched it into the public arena. Bang. There was one person who entered their pieces and then it was locked up. I couldn't edit the form. It just sits with a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark in it.

It wasn't a major concern for me as this was a temporary measure. I quickly created my preferred approach which was a web app and was ready to go in a couple of hours. Those who don't have such skills may have a problem. I suspect the best way to handle this would be to create a new form this time without the term monopoly in the filename or in the form itself. That word was not really required as the context of usage would have been clear to people.

This does however show something I'd never anticipated. When you use Google Drive keep in mind that Google can lock your form unexpectedly. I don't know why they did it. I requested review and they released it, to later lock it again. I can only guess it was the use of the term Monopoly.

This was an interesting experience which I thought I'd share.

Kelvin Eldridge

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