Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Freakin' Blogger

You have got to love this. I get ready to post on Blogger, and I have this cute little "word verification" crap at the bottom. You know, the one where an image of a few letters is generated, and you have to type it in the box?

There's a nice little "?" icon beside it, so I click on that to see what the dickens is going on. The page informs me that Blogger's "have detected that your blog has characteristics of a spam blog."

WTF?

Luckily for me, they have a "What's a spam blog" link, so I clicked on that. (You can click on it too.) Apparently, because I link a lot, Blogger's every-busy little robots don't love me any more.

Then I read this:

Blogs engaged in this behavior are called spam blogs, and can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.

"...Irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links"? Blogger, you may just bite me, but do it after you fix your grammar and then your poorly programmed robots.

I've filled out their request to get a real person to review my blog, and I sincerely hope they read this. I'll be interested to see what their reaction is. Given this sort of nonsense (which follows their introduction of the abuse-prone "Flag" button at the top right), I guess I'm going to have to once again consider whether or not it's worth it to me to pay for some professional blog hosting.

You know, I started this for fun and to practice my writing. The fun is getting thin when this sort of nonsense occurs, and I'm actually publishing my first try at a novel in a couple of online forums, a chapter at a time. If it wasn't for a fairly steady (if small) readership that I feel some obligation to, I think I'd just kill it now.

Spam blog my Aunt Fannie.

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