Exiled for ‘spam’? Is your Blogger blog next?

July 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

On June 25, I received the following email from Blogger:

Dear Blogger user,

This is a message from the Blogger team.

Your blog, at http://burningtaper.blogspot.com/, has been identified as a potential spam blog. For an explanation of what spam blogs are, please see Blogger Help.

You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog. To request a review, please fill out the form found here. [Link deleted.]

We will take a look at your blog and unlock it within four business days. Please note that if we do not hear from you within 20 days, we will remove your blog. If this blog does not belong to you, then you do not have to do anything. Any other blogs you may have will not be affected.

Since you are an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not spam. We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this erroneous result. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to users like you instead of to spammers.

Thank you for your understanding and for your help in our spam-fighting efforts.

Sincerely,

The Blogger Team

It’s now approaching two weeks, and I have not heard anything — not one thing — from Blogger. The original Burning Taper blog remains online, and can be read by anyone, but I cannot access the blog to post new articles or edit older ones.

Bros. Dean Kennedy and Tom Accuosti graciously pointed out Google help sites where I could get additional help from Blogger/Google. I have followed those links and submitted those forms, but still, no word from Blogger, and The Taper remains locked.

If you’re a blogger, you might want to create a plan should you find your blog exiled. At minimum, creating a backup blog at WordPress or another Blogger-competitor might be a good idea. If you’re using the new Blogger version, you can import its content into a WordPress blog.

Since I have control of the domain name BurningTaper.com, I’ve re-set it to point here, to the new “Burning Taper in Exile.” You can still read the older Taper content at http://burningtaper.blogspot.com.

If you currently link to The Burning Taper, please change your link to http://burningtaper.com, omitting “wordpress” and/or “blogspot.” This way, your links will always point to The Taper, no matter where it is hosted.

Thanks for making The Burning Taper a part of your regular blog-reading.

— W.S.

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7 Comments

  1. Thomas Munkholt said,

    On the positive side: I think WordPress is a superior system. But unfortunately, it’s not as “visible” as Blogspot (probably due to the latter’s coonection to Google).

    Hope you get things sorted out.

  2. Grouchogandhi said,

    My backup plan is hosting the files on an offsite server. Then I can tell them to go take a flying $@#% w/o worry. 🙂

    Don’t forget, Google is Beta.

    Wankers.

  3. Ben R. said,

    As I mentioned on the original Taper, you can get an extremely inexpensive hosting package and domain name and then drop WordPress or any other kind of journaling software on it without worrying about the problems you’ve encountered.

  4. Dean Kennedy said,

    Hey WS,

    I never knew you to be a quitter… Ever since Blogger got your goat you have been kinda quiet. Cummon buddy… Get back in the swing and give me some stuff to read! I can’t have you quiting on me… it doesn’t set a good example!

    Don’t go telling me your painting the house or some GD excuse like that…

    Get back on the saddle!

    S&F
    Your Pal Dean

  5. widowsson said,

    Brothers,

    I haven’t quit. I’ve quietly been learning how to run the wordpress.org version of wordpress on my own servers. Learning the technical aspects has kept me from creative writing.

    The hosted version — this blog — and the “serve yourself” version operate entirely differently. I want to have total control of my blogs, and not have them subject to the whims and robots of Blogger and WordPress, so I’m investing a little time in techo-study.

    Thanks for your interest. I haven’t quit.

    — W.S.

  6. Dean said,

    Good…

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