I’m not a machine, I’m a human being!

Well ain’t that peachy! I was having problems posting pictures to my blog through flickr, and suddenly had to punch in word verification when posting. It took me a while to find out that they have tagged my blog as a potential spam blog. Swell! Hello people, how about notifying me, how about a frickin email, how about something a little more visible than a tiny clickable question mark to inform me? And how about putting that info up in the help pages so its easy to find?

And how on earth did they come to the conclusion that my blog is made by robots?

Blogger Help : Why do I have word verification on my posting form?:

Word verification on the posting form is meant to be a spam reduction mechanism for BlogSpot in general, and is applied to certain potential spam blogs by an automated system. Because this is automated there will necessarily be some false positives, though we’re continually working on improving our algorithms to avoid these. If your blog is one of the false positives, we apologize. Having the word verification on your posting form does not prevent you from publishing and does not mean that your blog will be deleted or otherwise punished if it is not actually in violation of our policies.

Update! 05.12.05

Hurra! I’m no longer a machine!

Hello,

Your blog has been reviewed, verified, and whitelisted so that it will no
longer appear as potential spam. If you sign out of Blogger and sign back
in again, you should be able to post as normal. Thanks for your patience,
and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Sincerely,
Blogger Support

  1. Both of my blogs were also marked as «spam blogs,» and a Technorati search has turned up a number of other Blogger users who are equally bewildered at having it happen to them. One of my blogs has been cleared and I’m waiting to hear on the other, but Blogger is clearly using broken spam detection.

  2. It is good that google/blogger are aggressive about fighting spam, but maybe they have chosen a method that is a little bit too labour intensive…

    I have started to use del.icio.us more for streight up bookmarking post (with tagges and notes), alot of my posts where in the «remember this for later» -category, which might be better to put in del.icio.us

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