Sunday, March 02, 2008

Blogger Limits: Team Membership Lists

Now, we see news about a new limit in Blogger. The referential Blogger Help: What are the limits on my Blogger account? tells us
Team Members: There is a limit of 100 members per blog.
A member can be either an administrator, an author, or (if the blog is private) a designated reader.

In the help forums we have a dialogue where Blogger Employee admitted to a recently imposed limit per blog, of 100 Administrators / Authors / Readers, to reduce server overload.
there were lots of performance issues that arised as a blog amassed more than 100 readers.

If you have a private blog, you'll be able to have a maximum of 99 readers, since every blog has to have at least 1 administrator. With a private blog, the membership invitations include a temporary membership token that lets prospective members view the blog, without joining.

It appears that the use of the token may not be consistently subject to the 100 member limit - but be aware that the temporary membership token has an expiry, built in. If you base your membership access on use of the token, don't be surprised when some members occasionally complain of being locked out.

And even as severe as the limitation of 100 seems to some, other bloggers would be happy to be able to exercise that number.

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10 comments:

Heidi said...

Yes, thank you!! I am just flailing away in the dark here...is this new rule permanent? Is there a way around it? I am really worried about the future of my blog.

Shawn said...

This destroys our business plan. They sure sprang this on us with no heads up.

There are work arounds where just a few people collect posts and they post, but this can be labor intensive.

AstralisLux said...

Wow...Blogger would have been perfect for me if it wasn't for this.

Mike Merchant, PhD said...

The thing that makes this issue confusing to many of us users is understanding that the 100 reader limit applies only to people who check that they want to restrict viewers to "only people I choose" or "only authors I choose". According to Google employee, if one chooses "Anyone" the 100 reader limit does not apply. If Blogger instructions on the permissions tab read "If you restrict your blog to authors or people you choose only, your limit will be 100 readers" the whole problem would be solved. It is important to be crystal clear in online instructions.

Chuck said...

Mike,

That's a good point. I like to use the term "designated readers". If the blog is public, it won't have "designated readers", and its readership potential is unlimited.

Only if you designate readers will the limit of up to 100 readers apply. And of course note the limit of "100" includes the number of administrators and authors.

Gia said...

I´m not sure I´m understanding this correctly. Have just signed up and want EVERYONE to be able to see my blog. When I check "Anyone" it still says that my blog can only have up to 100 readers. Can you please clarify this for me as I would like to move my blog somewhere else if this is the case.

Chuck said...

Hi Gia,

Can you please ask this question in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, so we can explore this in more detail? Peer support is the thing, and BHF is where you get peer support!

Your Office Stop said...

Same issue here! My blog is public (from what I can tell), yet I am seeing a 100 limit as well. :( Can someone please clarify this?

idrawgirls said...

This blog http://artjumble.blogspot.com/ have way over 100 authors on the blog. I am one of the contributors. I e-mail them and ask how they did it, but no response.

Chuck said...

Draw,

Thank you, for the mystery of the week.

http://www.blogger.com/profile/05168052326581892172

If I find out, I will surely let you know - here.