(Posted by Dr. Dawg): I woke up this morning (Friday August 1) to discover that my blog had been locked down by Blogger as a spam blog. As I write this, it may be three or four days before my request for a review is acted upon. Many thanks to CC for the invite to stay at his place until my roof is repaired.
Obviously my blog has none of the characteristics of spam blogs at all. I know a little bit about spam-detection software, and Blogger's would have to be primitive to the point of dysfunctionality to make that error in my case. There is no detectable temporal content or structural regularity at Dawg's Blawg--indeed, I pride myself on that. :) And while my loyal opposition might indeed snort from time to time about "irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text," to use Blogger's phrasing, I'm pretty sure I pass the Turing test.
However, as I found when I indignantly searched through the Blogger site, it appears that people may simply submit complaints, naming specific blogs as spam. Instead of triggering an immediate review by Blogger, the blog is apparently locked down until someone gets around to looking at it, which can take several days, as noted.
If the other side really wants this kind of war, I can think of a few wingnut blogs that sure look like spam to me. I would suggest, however, that escalating might be unwise. It seems, in fact, that we have our very own version of MAD (mutually assured destruction) until somebody at Blogger smartens up and decides to review first and shoot later.
I would welcome suggestions, however, about what we should do about this new dirty trick. Where are the speech-warriors now that we need them?
PS: For those reading and commenting on my "They breed like rabbits!" post of yestreen, my apologies. I made a quick editorial change this morning. But can I re-publish? Nope. Not until the "Blogger team" gets around to reviewing my blog. With CC's indulgence, I'll republish it temporarily at his place.
UPDATE: I probably should have held my fire on this one. If folks want a little Friday morning entertainment, go to Google Blogs and search, as moderate Republican Carrie's Nation suggests, on "google blogger spam censorship." The paranoid clamour is truly interdenominational. Conservatives, Catholics, progressives, are all targets of each other. The Illuminati must be laughing their asses off.