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Blogger woes

Blue gal alerts us:

Blogger (or some malicious person) seems to be marking some of us as spam bloggers.

Skippy, Monkey Muck, Phydeaux Speaks, Frieda Bee, and SteveAudio are among those affected. You can read and post comments to their blogs but they cannot post.

Skippy is now posting temporarily here.

Monkey is here for now.

I hope all bloggers who have this happen can grab a screen shot of the last 100 or so IP addys to visit their blogs. I'll bet there's a common denominator there.

If you or a blogger you know is locked out of Blogger, bluegalsblog [AT] gmail [DOT] com know by email or let everyone know at Blue Gal's place, where, thanks to Skippy, I've just gotten the name straight, pounds forehead on desk.

That's unfortunate.

Lambert snarls. And snarls again. I wonder what Congress has in store for us this recess. Happy FISA anniversary, when Harry and Nancy managed to pass a Republican bill!

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i can't get anything from the link i normally use for her site.

call me foily, because i am. does anyone else see a pattern here? the highly critical "blast off" FL blog, run by one who'll be at the convention, is also down.

Submitted by lambert on

And she's not a blogger blog anyhow, so she's unlikely to be down.

There was another episode like this, IIRC, about a month ago, also with blogger.

FL is a blogger blog?

NOTE Found it. And it loaded, even though it's blogger. So, while I yield to nobody in my appreciation of foil....

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by corinne on

because her webhost pulled her down over a nasty gram from the British RIAA over an .mp3 on her site:

Well, that was a fraught few hours! A few minutes after I noticed my website was down I received an e-mail from my webhost expressing their disappointment with me for not having responded to an earlier e-mail telling me about an abuse problem, so they'd taken my site down. Then there was a bunch of back-and-forth while I told them I hadn't seen their e-mail and what was this about?

Eventually it turned out they'd received a nasty letter from the British Recorded Music Industry Anti Piracy Unit about an .mp3 of "Killing Floor" that was on my site - so now they had taken the site down. But then I had to convince them to restore my access before I could remove the .mp3 &etc, and then it had to proliferate back, and....

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Submitted by Monkeyfister on

Blue Gal is not Blue Gal, Red State.

I learned this distinction last Christmas time while doing the Golden Monkeyfist Awards. They are two different Blue Gals. Both are excellent.

Avedon is definitely down. I'm trying to reach her.

This is weird, and I suspect GOPer/FReeper involvement.

I'm following this whole damned mess myself. I realized something had to be up when such a large chunck of my daily reads were not reloading, and then the messages started popping up.

My doors are wide open for any of those affected bloggers, and will happily post any words or statements they need to get out.


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Submitted by lambert on

Shit, I should have thought of that -- but then I couldn't handle it anyhow, as mega RL problem demand my attention.

Skippy, though, ya know... I've got a server, I've got Drupal, I watch the friggin thing 24/7, almost. If anybody wants space, we moved away from blogger for precisely this reason, that we wanted to control our content. But freedom of the press... Scattered thoughts but maybe I could help more....

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Blogger is easy. And it can be a tool for, perhaps, local bloggers who aren't technically savvy or don't have the time for more fancy stuff. These nice little coincidences seem to me a big problem for PB2.0 in the future.

I'm starting to see more clearly your constant calls for a business model.

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Submitted by skippybkroo on

i've been to the google groups blogger tech faq board, and apparently it's happening to all kinds of blogs, not just political blogs, so it's not any nefarious conspiracy, just plain old fashioned fuck ups!

i appreciate your help!

skippy the bush kangaroo! now with 30% more snark!

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Submitted by dr sardonicus on

I can get into my shit OK this morning, not that it's all that important...

Blogger's OK if you're like me and just need a space to blow off steam sometimes, or want to have conversations with your friends. But if I were to aspire to big-time traffic, or heavy-duty PB2.0 stuff, I'd be smart to pay for something more reliable.

The biggest attraction for Blogger is that it's free. But the more bandwidth the big boys demand, the more I expect the screws to be put to us small fry - I'd expect that many of us Blogger folks would quit if we had to start paying for bandwidth. (I'm not optimistic about the future of net neutrality, BTW.) I've also wondered how long Blogger will be interested in hosting the archives of millions and millions of small-time blogs before they tell us they don't have the room to do it any more.

99% of what seems to be maliciousness in this world is merely incompetence, which creates the perfect cover for the 1% that are truly malicious.

...for the rest of us

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Submitted by campskunk on

"We have restored posting rights to the affected blogs," it wrote, "and it is very important to us that Blogger remain a tool for political debate and free expression."

Snedeker wrote on her blog that she wasn’t satisfied with Google's gesture.

"How’s about a little benefit of the doubt for the next set of bloggers that get caught in your 'automated spam detection' maze?" she wrote.

it's napoleonic justice, kiddos. you're detained until we decide you're not detained. digital guantanamo.