Monday, June 30, 2008

Flagging political opponents' blogs as spam? Not cool!

Simon Owens of Bloggasm asks, "Who's responsible for shutting down a number of anti-Obama Blogspot accounts?"

My interest in the story has little to do with this year's political silly season and more to do with a deeper issue about how Blogger works. I've had some experience with my blog being flagged as a spam blog - seems to happen at least once per year. Fortunately, thus far I've only been slightly inconvenienced (i.e., being required to type in some idiotic alphanumeric code each time I posted until the issue was resolved), and haven't had the unpleasant experience of being completely locked out. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Last year I made some mention of what happened to the blogger who runs Whatever It Is, I'm Against It:
I am apparently not the only one to have problems with the dumb fucks at Blogger, although perhaps I should count my blessing as at least Blogger/Google hasn't locked me out of my own blog (at least yet):
An email from WIIIAI:
Blogger has struck again, and decided that I run a spam blog. It may be days before they let me back in. I can't post, but I have limited control over the template, so for the time being I'll post on my archives blog, and leave links to those posts in the right-hand column of WIIIAI. The problem is that RSS users, which amount to at least 10% and for all I know half of our readers, will never see that.

But a pretty high percentage of my readers also read your blog. Could you post a notice asking my RSS readers to check the actual site and follow the links to new posts? Thanks.
At the blog Whatever It Is, I'm Against It, there is the following statement:
They locked me out of my own damn blog! I'll be posting, temporarily I hope, over on my archives blog and I'll put links to those posts right here until this is sorted out
As of today, WIIIAI is in day three of the Blogger-imposed exile. Sad thing is, while Blogger/Google has decided to harass some leftist bloggers, there are probably thousands of spam blogs that go about their sordid business unabated.
I'll stand by that today. Blogger/Google, and other similar blogging hosts (LiveJournal, Wordpress, etc.), need to change from a "guilty until proven innocent" approach to an "innocent until proven guilty" approach with regard to locking bloggers' accounts. This is especially crucial during the heat of an election year cycle where a relative handful of anonymous goons can lie to blogging hosts in an effort to shut down opposition to their particular candidates or causes. What is happening to these anti-Obama bloggers (and I'll say this holding my nose as many of the folks associated with Larry Johnson's fantasy land resemble some crowd at a Klan rally) appears to be nothing short of bullying. If you don't like what's on someone's blog, post a comment, send an email, or gripe about it on your own blog. Once you start acting to shut down blogs you don't like, you cross a line that should not be crossed.

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