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Restoring A Deleted Blog, Or A Deleted Blogger Account, Is More Than A Mere Formality

Everybody makes mistakes, and Blogger knows that.

Some time ago, Blogger gave us the ability to recover deleted blogs - and later, to recover deleted Blogger accounts. Neither recovery procedure is trivial - and both procedures require that some amount of proof of ownership be provided.

As blog owners, we are promised some degree of protection, as long as we maintain proof of ownership.

Blogger has, in one way or another, promised usIf Blogger is going to protect us, we have to maintain access to our blogs, without requiring that they casually setup access again, when we forget or lose control of our Blogger accounts.

Recovery of a deleted blog requires access to a controlling Blogger account. Recovery of a deleted Blogger account requires providing details (hopefully, secret) relevant to the setup and past use of the deleted account. And recovery of access to an active Blogger account requires access to a backdoor email address.

These are not trivial details - they are carefully chosen requirements that let Blogger simultaneously provide us with anonymous ownership, preservation of ownership, and freedom from minimum activity standards. Recovery requires use of details, which simultaneously
  • We know, and can supply.
  • Blogger can verify, when supplied.
  • Nobody who is not us can find out, by searching the Internet.
Offering to provide photocopies of government issued documents such as drivers license, library card, or passport is a waste of time.

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