Blogger Problem, Again

Posted by jun auza On 3/01/2008
Yesterday, Blogger emailed and informed me that one of my blogs/sites is a potential spam blog. Here is the full content of their email:

Dear Blogger user,

This is a message from the Blogger team.

Your blog, at http://philippineboardexamresults.blogspot.com/, 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.g?lockedBlogID=4489518223709782159

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
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How can a blog that has already 20,000+ subscribers and thousands of unique visitors per day be considered a spam blog?

I thought it was only my blog that got locked, until a fellow Blogger publisher/friend informed me that his main blog was also affected. His site, “Jehzlau Concepts” is one of the top blogs in the country and has been online for almost 2 years already. Only Blogger or their so-called "automated spam detector" knew why they suspected our site and probably others as spam blogs.

As of today, I’m not really that disappointed, and just thought of this whole thing as a standard procedure. And, I truly want to cooperate or help “Blogger” in their spam-fighting efforts. But, I still hope that they will continue to work hard on improving their spam detection method because it really is flawed.

According to Blogger, it will only take about 2-4 days to review the affected blogs. So, I assume that my locked blog will be back to normal on or after the said time span. However, others have reported on Blogger help forum that theirs took about a month to get activated. If the same thing will happen to me, I’m going to be really pissed off.

For now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I will just update this post soon regarding the outcome.

UPDATE 1:
BLOGGER FINALLY RESTORED MY BLOG AFTER 11 DAYS.

UPDATE 2: I JUST WROTE AN OPEN LETTER TO BLOGGER/BLOGSPOT. I NEED SUPPORT FROM BLOGGER PUBLISHERS.

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