Besides the hits from spammers, I get an occasional unhappy non spammer, confusing my occasional remarks about spam, with evidence of my general lack of civility towards non spammers, falsely accused of spamming. And some non spammers seem to see this blog as a forum where they may air their gripes about Blogger, and about the Blogger spam classification policy in general.
Unfortunately, some complaints, offered here as comments, seem to ignore my published Comment Moderation Policy. As I educate and entertain a wide variety of readers, and as I try periodically to clean up my act in public (yes, I really do try), I try to make my various blogs echo my self improvement attempts. I moderate aggressively, and will not publish comments which
- Contain foul language.
- Link to controversial blogs, web pages, and web sites.
- Link to spammy blogs, web pages, and web sites.
As I am not a fan of spam, or of spammers, I am also not a fan of spammers trying to use this blog as their forum for complaining about the Blogger spam mitigation campaign. Nor am I a fan of non spammers, complaining about the Blogger spam mitigation policy. The spam classification policy is what it is, and we have to learn to live with it. The policy was borne of necessity, long ago.
I know full well what it is like being a victim of spam classification. This blog has been offline, for varying periods of time, at least half a dozen times since I started it in early 2006, for various spam classification issues. Some of the outages were at least partially, my fault.
I also know why the various spam mitigation efforts, employed by Blogger / Google, are absolutely essential to our future, as publishers of Blogger blogs.
- All Blogger blogs are damaged, by unrestrained spam.
- Spam classification has to be automated.
- Spam classification has to be fuzzy.
The reason for spam classification is spam, being published in the Blogger Internet space. Anybody with a problem accepting the Blogger spam classification policy, and its side effects, needs to address their concerns to the nearest spammer. As an alternative, I do have a forum which supplements Blogger Help, where I attempt to permit all reasonable discourse (there too, if you are a self aware spammer, you should expect to receive no mercy).
If you consider your blog to be spuriously classified as a spam host, and you are willing to publish an objective and polite report in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, I - and the other helpers there - will do our absolute best to help you, and your review, as professionally as possible.