Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.
I've been toying around with the idea of making a new blog. Last
week, I finally started to set it up on blogger.com. I create the
opening page and posted it along with several pages worth content
all saved under a single draft. The idea to save all the draft
content some place outside the blog as a backup occurred to me, but
I decided that it wasn't worth the effort. Mind you, that "effort"
would have taken about 45 seconds, but it was 2am and I thought,
"surely this will be fine. It's not like it's going to disappear."
I should have listened to my first instinct. Logging back into the
blog I was greeted with a message saying that the blog had been
identified as spam and it was locked. Here's a copy of the email
that they sent as well:
Dear Blogger user, This is a message from the Blogger team. Your
blog has been identified as a potential spam blog. For an
explanation of what spam blogs are, please see Blogger Help:
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42577 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:
http://www.blogger.com/unlock-blog…. 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
The trick with this is that while I could see the opening page that
I published this lock prevented me from getting to the draft that
had a few hours worth of unbacked-up work in it. I've requested the
review and am guessing it'll go in my favor. I'm sure that when an
actual person reviews it, they'll see it's not spam. I'm still a
little anxious since I don't have any insight into the process.
Upon requesting the unlock review I got the following message:
Blogger's spam-prevention robots have detected that your blog has
characteristics of a spam blog. Since you're an actual person
reading this, your blog is probably not a spam blog. Automated spam
detection is inherently fuzzy, and we sincerely apologize for this
false positive. We received your unlock request on April 12, 2008.
On behalf of the robots, we apologize for locking your non-spam
blog. Please be patient while we take a look at your blog and
verify that it is not spam.
Favorite line has to be, "On behalf of the robots, we apologize for
locking your non-spam blog." Makes ya think though. You really
don't want to piss off the robots.