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New Host, Not So New Blog

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Those of you who followed my blog at its previous address will have noticed that it was down for five days. This is because it was locked by blogger.com on suspicion of being a spam blog. In the civilised world, where people are innocent until prove guilty, the process would have gone something like this: blogger.com’s anti-spam bot flags a blog as a spam blog, a human checks the flagged blog and determines that it is indeed a spam blog or is perhaps a false positive. In the latter case, the blog is left untouched. But no, blogger.com prefer a more direct approach. Lock the blog and wait for the owner to complain. Yup, the blog owner is guilty, and must ask to be investigated in order for their innocence to be determined. They screwed up, and I had to beg them to fix their mistake.

So I have moved to WordPress. And I encourage anyone else on blogger.com to do the same.

As for why my blog was mistakenly locked as a spam blog… No idea. Blogger.com’s definition as a spam blog includes the phrase “…with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.” So it could have been my Amazon associate links. Or it might simply have been that my name is Sales.

At the moment, and probably for the next couple of weeks, I will be moving in here, rearranging the furniture, repainting the rooms, etc… Undoing all of blogger.com’s nasty HTML, adding in all the widgets and links and stuff I had on my old blog… So this blog may change appearance a bit. Not to worry, the content will be just as it was. If that’s a good thing…

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7 thoughts on “New Host, Not So New Blog

  1. I was wondering. I popped over to see if the promised Heinlein review might be up and your blog was just gone! Glad you’re back, hope the move resolves the issues.

  2. I’ve only just started reading Stranger in a Strange Land, so it’ll be at least a week before I post about. It’ll be before Christmas, I hope.

  3. Welcome to WordPress. You’re one of us now…

  4. Don’t forget to change your website on LT! I’m also looking forward to seeing your review of SISL.

  5. Rearranging furniture and painting rooms

    Well thats something new!!

  6. I admit, I have not been on this webpage in a long time… however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues.

  7. Maybe you should change the post name title New Host, Not So New Blog It Doesn't Have To Be Right… to more suited for your subject you create. I liked the the writing yet.

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