Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Suspected Spam Blog?

I logged into my Blogger account to update my American Presidents Blog. I got this note:

“Your blog is locked. Blogger's spam-prevention robots have detected that your blog has characteristics of a spam blog. (What's 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. You won't be able to publish posts to your blog until one of our humans reviews it and verifies that it is not a spam blog. Please fill out the form below to get a review. We'll take a look at your blog and unlock it in less than a business day. If we don't hear from you, though, we will remove your blog from Blog*Spot within 10 days. Find out more about how Blogger is fighting spam blogs.”

I am a little confused how my presidents blog could trip a spam filter. There are four or five posts a week linking to different domains none of which are spammy sites. There is actual original writing on every post. I even fill out the word verification form every time to prove I am a human before I post.

Oh well, I approve of spam fighting even if I get a one day block to get this sorted out. A human review will verify my blog is not spam. Still, this is mildly annoying!

1 comment:

scott said...

This is a very frustrating issue. I have tried to get a class of ESL students set up with blogger accounts - as I've done often in the past. This time out, blogger locked all of the students out as Spam-Robots after one day (perhaps because they were all set up with similar names from the same IP address within a short period of time).

The students have requested to haver the blogs unlocked by following bloggers procedure. So far, 24 hours later, no word from blogger.

It looks like it will be time to fine a new blogging environment to share with students in the future.