01 March, 2007

I am a spammer...

according to Blogger, which has flagged Bss & Brn in Al Ain as a spam blog. Has anyone else ever had this happen to them?

So now I have to wait two days for some human at blogger to look at my blog and decide that it is OK. This page claims to explain what exactly triggers their spam filter:

"[S]pam blogs... can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site."

OK, I don't think that we have that large a number of links (certainly a lot fewer than this one does), much less ones pointing to a single site, so I guess that our writing has now officially been judged as "irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical" by a computer program.


secretdubai said...

I've come to the conclusion that Blogger doesn't even have an algorithm to determine "spam" blogs, it just randomly tags blogs as such, like random breath testing.

The kind of blogs that have been blocked - including this one - vary so wildly and are generally so uncommercial in content that there is no way any program is actually deeming them spam. How could a blog with 100+ members and zero commercial links possibly get categorised as spam by even the crappiest algorithm?

So think of it as a routine thing.

Taunted said...

Ugly Camel was blocked cos it was spam.

I might re-open it up again....

nzm said...

Worse still is when your blog URL is hijacked and it becomes a porn site! That's happened to a couple of UAE Comm members too.

sharewadi said...

Yes, it happened to mine a while ago - Share Wadi blog. I just kept clicking on the link to review it every day. After a couple of weeks it was classed as non spam again.

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