Well, after a couple of days of being locked out of my own blog (shame on me for using a free service!) Google has decided to unlock it and give me access again... thanks! Obviously, Google was merely attempting to do some housecleaning and get rid of the old, obsolete blogs... a great idea really, however, in the process they apparently inconvenienced many legitimate users, like yours truly. Below are details from a rant that I posted the other day on GISuser as I couldn't post it here! PS: See here for a Beta version of this blog on WordPress that I may wind up using once I have time for the full switch-over - should I stay or should I go?
Here's a new one for this week that is likely going to have the feathers of many Google Bloggers ruffled... Bloggers essentially have 20 days to save their blogs or else!!
I got a weird email message last night that I first thought was junk, then I realized it was actually legit! Google has some new automated system that is flagging potential spam blogs (whatever that is) and locking out blog owners. Email message from Google follows:
Your blog at: http://gisuser.blogspot.com/ has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out the form at ...
Your blog will be deleted within 20 days if it isn't reviewed, and you'll be unable to publish posts during this time. After we receive your request, we'll review your blog and unlock it within two business days. If this blog doesn't belong to you, you don't have to do anything, and any other blogs you may have won't be affected.
We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog like yours is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this error. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to bloggers like you instead of to spammers. For more information, please see Blogger Help: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42577
Thank you for your understanding and for your help with our spam-fighting efforts.
The Blogger Team
I was one of the many unlucky ones with my very popular GISuser AnyGeo blog http://gisuser.blogspot.com being flagged for some reason and locked! Friggin marvelous move Google.
After searching the web for how to contact the blogger team -- good luck with that one!!! - it seems many others are having the same mis-fortune.
Above is how the blogger dashbopard appears when a blog owner attempts to publish from teh blogger UI
For one, I'm very pi#@#$#@$ed off about this, particularly since I'm off to San Diego for the ESRI UC next week and naturally, had planned on blogging... great! So, if anyone from Google happens to read this, maybe contact me (glenn at gisuser.com) and offer up some help or advice. Otherwise, WordPress is sure starting to look good!!
Oh, and team Google, when you locate the Blogger team member that came up with this move, maybe give him/her a slap for me too!
For more on how others are covering this see: