Wednesday, November 19, 2008

At Least This Time Blogger Gave A Warning


Your blog at: has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out the form at [link omitted]

Your blog will be deleted in 20 days if it isn't reviewed, and your readers will see a warning page during this time. After we receive your request, we'll review your blog and unlock it within two business days. Once we have reviewed and determined your blog is not spam, the blog will be unlocked and the message in your Blogger dashboard will no longer be displayed. If this blog doesn't belong to you, you don't have to do anything, and any other blogs you may have won't be affected.

We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog like yours is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this error. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to bloggers like you instead of to spammers. For more information, please see Blogger Help:

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


The Blogger Team

P.S. Just one more reminder: Unless you request a review, your blog will be deleted in 20 days. Click this link to request the review: [link ommitted]
I didn't click on the links they provided because I wasn't certain the email was legit. Instead I signed into my account normally and on my Dashboard page there was a similar notice. So I clicked on the link provided there.

At least this time they emailed a warning and posted an additional warning in red on my dashboard instead of just closing down the blog without any explanation.

Interestingly, the notice on my Dashboard said I wouldn't be able to post until my blog was reviewed:

This blog has been locked due to possible Blogger Terms of Service violations. You may not publish new posts until your blog is reviewed and unlocked.

This blog will be deleted within 20 days unless you request a review.

-but it seems I can. With one difference. I now have to type in a word verification before I can post to my own blog! I'm not complaining. This is a far better system than the last time.

If my blog disappears in 20 days, you'll all know why. When I have time (I should have 20 days right?), I'll update my backed up blog and give you an alternate address in case this one goes "Poof!"



Kendra said...

Its a conspiracy - I think they are targeting you :). You're right though. At least it didn't just go poof, lol.

Mac and Cheese said...

I realize this isn't your point, but how did you back up your blog? I've been thinking of doing it but figured I'd have to cut and paste everything to word or something.

storyteller said...

Ohmygosh … how does this happen??? And is there anything we can do to help? How does one back up a blog??? Methinks I want to back up mine just in case. This happened to Sylvia a while back too and she basically started over, though they didn't delete her blog. She just has no access.
Hugs and blessings,

PS ... the word verification letters for this comment are 'unhex' ... seriously. Go figure.

Bayjb said...

That is so odd. I hate it when technology fights back. That's not how this relationship works.

Vanessa said...

This is crazy! I'd like to know exactly what the definition of spam is for this delete the blog system!

Grandy said...

WTF? Come find me if they boot you for some reason.

I'm afraid they haven't come to me saying I'm a crap blog and violate their terms of use agreement.

Melissa said...

Kendra: Definite conspiracy! :)

* FYI, for anybody who reads these comments, the first site that went "poof!" was one I was working on for Kendra, and all I had done at that point was her bio, contact page, and a slideshow page. That was IT!

Mac: I know you've already seen this, but for anybody else who reads this later see my next post.

Storyteller: I have no idea. It's random I guess. What I wish is that they'd tell us what triggers the "bots" into flagging a blog. But like I said, at least this time they TOLD me and there was a warning that the blog might go "Poof!" Plus, this time, they got it sorted out within a week. Last time there was no warning, it was just pulled, there was an error message, with no explanation, for anyone going to that URL (luckily no one knew about that URL yet because it was a work in progress) and it took over a MONTH for someone to put it back, and that was after several requests.

Supposedly, when a blog is flagged like that, it's still there and will be put back *eventually* once a live human reviews it, but I've heard that for some people that took months -again with NO warning or advanced notice so they could tell their readers.

Luckily, in the case of the first time, I'd saved those pages and re-did them, but the URL was still gone for a month regardless.

FYI: Maybe your "unhex" code is what sorted out the problem so quickly this time ;)

bayjb: I'd still like to know what triggers the darned thing!

Vanessa: I'd like to know what it was for the FIRST one! I didn't even have any links on that page except for links going to each of the 3 pages within that site! That's why I commented back then that I was insulted, because if they were accusing me of programming a spam site, they would have to be accusing me of programming the WORST spam site in the world! :P

Grandy: If they boot me I'll give ya a call!

And just as a reminder, (as Alice knows ;) ) PORN doesn't violate Blogger's TOS so if you want to post that you're apparently free and clear of the Spambots!

happily retired gal said...

Just so you know ... I still click the little box (when it's available) and read the follow ups that come through. I appreciate the feedback and hope you (nor any of the rest of us) have further problems, but I have taken you advice and backed up my blogs at WordPress ... just in case. That led to me establishing a new one there to teach myself how to use that platform, so now I have four blogs. Call me cRaZy !!!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year is joyfully abundant with opportunities and peace.
Hugs and blessings,
storyteller of Small Reflections
aka - Happily Retired Gal

Melissa said...

I clicked that box too when leaving comments, so I'd know about any replies.

-I love your new (or additional) name! :)