Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Well, after an extemely disconcerting two days of stewing over the closure of my blog, I was ready to create a new one only march out all kinds of diatribes regarding said closure. And, lo! and behold!! it's back.
"We have received you appeal. Upon further review we have determined that your blog was mistakenly marked as a TOS violator by our automated system and, as such, we have reinstated your blog. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused in the meantime and thank you for your patience as we completed our review process. Thank you for for understanding. Sincerely, The Blogger Team ."
Well, I say Bullshit! to the 'automated system'. And here's why:
"Hello, Your blog at has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: CHILD_PORN. ..."
Now, an "automated system" would have no way of determining such a thing. Somebody lodged a complaint. And all it takes is to push that little link that says "Report Abuse" at the very top of each blog. And a person can do so with the complete anonymity of cyberspace.
What makes this worse is you are not told what post is in suspected violation, you are not given any opportunity to dispute it or argue a case. Someone complains and wham! the 'luck of the draw' staffer takes you down. If you don't appeal the decision, your blog is gone for good.
Here's the true evil of it though, as I see it anyway: The accuser doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to contact you with his/her complaint.
Please! I beg all those who stumble upon any blog and find thier delicate sensibilities offended, at least have the courage to stand up and be counted and give the accused an opportunity to respond. That means sending an email with an address which can be replied to.
I offer my apologies to my faithful readers. And thanks to the ones who emailed me to offer condolences, acknowledgement that the accusation could not possibly be true, and suggestions for righting such a grievous wrong.
Hugs to all of you!!