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.


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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