Saturday, August 2, 2008

Attack of the Blogger Spam-Prevention Robots!

Amanda's version of a Spam-Bot

Apparently it wasn't a Zombie outbreak that I should have been worried about but an attack by the Blogger Spam-Prevention Robots who crawled my blog and then erroneously reported it as having the characteristics of a spam-blog thereby resulting in it being locked since late Thursday night. Not only was my blog a victim of these misguided robots but Sandee at Comedy Plus and Sarge Charlie were also put into lock-down along with what appeared to be a host of other innocent bloggers.

Apparently this is what happens when technology runs amok and something goes haywire in the system. Google offered the following statement to those people who were bombarding the Help Message Boards with questions as to what happened and when was it going to be fixed -
"We've noticed that a few users have had their blogs mistakenly marked as spam, and wanted to sound off real quick to let you know that, despite it being Friday afternoon, we are working hard to sort this out. So to those folks who have received an email saying that your blog has been classified as spam and can't post right now, we offer our sincere apologies for the trouble."
A few users? Are they kidding? Of course, in the big scheme of things there are probably almost as many Blogger blogs as there are grains of rice in China so I guess that even if several thousand got locked out, that would still constitute "a few"!

Still, all of this teeth-gnashing and rending of hair over not being able to write a post along with my pleas and exhortations to the good folks at Google to restore my blog to its previously unlocked status weren't for naught as it taught me a very valuable lesson ... "Thou shalt back-up thy blog in case thou gets it deleted." I can't even imagine losing two years' worth of work in the blink of an eye - particularly the rather inaccurate eye of a Blogger Spam-Prevention Robot! - so I went over to WordPress, created a new blog account there, and imported all 1,122 posts along with 11,405 comments. Easy-peasy--lemon-squeezy - next thing you knew I had everything all backed up and in reserve in case the unthinkable happens at Blogger and I wake up one day to find out that Are We There Yet?? has turned into Come and Gone!

I hope that everyone who got locked out during this Attack of the Blogger Spam-Prevention Robots has been restored to their proper status and that this sort of thing doesn't happen again anytime soon. We bloggers just get way too panicky, stressed-out, and cranky when we can't blog! It's even worse when we can't blog about why we can't blog! Trust me on this one!


  1. They had better not block you. Not if they know what's good for them. Where would I get all my "interesting" news? :)

  2. Anonymous2:04 AM EDT

    I'm glad you're back my dear!

  3. Anonymous5:00 AM EDT

    Oh my... I can so relate. The same thing happened to me several months ago - and it took about a week or so to get my blog unlocked.

    I can still remember I was that <----> close to freak out... and I'm pretty sure Frank remembers, too. ;-)

    Glad to see your back, Linda! ♥

  4. Anonymous5:17 AM EDT

    And yet Freelance Cynic, quite possibly the spamiest blog I know. Was completly unaffected.

    And Freelance Gurur is beyond such things of course.

  5. Welcome back to blogland, Duchess Linda.

    You're right about getting panicky, stressed-out and cranky if we can't blog (I share a computer--just kidding, Ralph!)

    You may now stop gnashing your teeth and go forth and blog.

    Have a great Bleekend!

  6. Apparently Blogger had lots of issues yesterday. My reader (Google) was messed up from about 9:30 in the morning until around 8 p.m. last night. Not near as nasty as being locked out of one's blog, but a pain in the behind to deal with none the less. Glad things got fixed fairly quickly though for those of you being accused of running a spam blog.

  7. Anonymous8:53 AM EDT

    I have never regretted moving off of Blogger and onto a self-hosted Wordpress platform. There is just too much of this kind of mess with Blogger and no control by the blog owner. Glad you're back up and running and also glad that you've taken precautionary steps.

  8. Wow, I had no idea as my blog was unaffected!

    Makes me think though... if I am documenting on my blog for the possibility of someone reading it years later......maybe I should back it up too....

  9. I got mine back around midnight last night.

  10. the only problem with the wordpress blog is they allow no paid posts so if you moved those there they may delete you. all is not rosy on the other side of the fence either, trust me!

    smiles, bee

  11. I was wondering what happened. Now I know. The three of you selected as spammers? That's funny. I'm glad you're back! Got me thinking about that back up. Maybe I shall go to Wordpress and try to do a back up as well. Have a great weekend, Linda!

  12. It was stressful from what I hear, but you are back and in beautiful form.

  13. I've had a few crashes today.

  14. "its even worse when we can't blog about why we can't blog"

    laughing laughing laughing

    good lord ain't that the truth! Sorry you got caught up in the glitch!

  15. Glad to see you back and that you got backed up at Wordpress. Peace of mind at least! I also have my blogger posts emailed to a special email address for further backup.

  16. Can't blog about why you can't blog... that cracked me up.
    Sorry for laughing.
    Stupid Spambots.

  17. It was downright awful I tell ya. I hated it worse than just about anything. Hopefully this won't happen again.

    I too have a Wordpress blog and I backed everything up too. Thank goodness for Wordpress.

    Have a great day Linda. :)

  18. You page is pumping out the dreaded {cannot open page} to all IE browsers .... just so you know.

    Some strange code at the top of your blog.

    Hi from SpeedyCat :-)


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