Bel Air News & Views escapes clutches of Blogger’s spam robots


    Whew! What a relief. I finally escaped the clutches of Google’s spam robots. They incarcerated this blog for more than 40 hours on suspicion Bel Air News & Views was spam. Every time I tried to post, the robots stopped me with the message: “WARNING! This blog has been locked by Blogger’s spam-prevention robots.” Oh, they were merciless automatons. You couldn’t reason with them. They just kept saying rude things like ” You won’t be able to publish posts to your blog until one of our humans reviews it and verifies that it is not a spam blog. Please fill out the form below to get a review. We’ll take a look at your blog and unlock it in less than a business day.” Confused, I clicked on their definition of spam blog. Oh, the horror!

    “Blogs engaged in this behavior are called spam blogs, and can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.”

    Oh, stop! I can’t take it! To think Bel Air News & Views is thought of as irrelevant, repetitive or nonsensical text. Two hundred and thirty-eight posts of irrelevant, repetitive, nonsensical text. OK, maybe that’s true for some of them, but to condemn the whole blog for a few nights of sloppy posting? It seems so unfair.

    But when it took more than the promised business day to determine whether or not I was human and not spam (I was starting to get self-conscious), I got suspicious and checked the Blogger Help Group message boards. It appeared those overly aggressive robots shut down quite a few innocent bloggers sometime after 9 p.m. Feb. 28. I still don’t know why or how to prevent it from happening again. But I have to say, it did make me lose quite a bit of faith in the reliability of Google products. If I was using this blog for my business, two days are too many to lose.