Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Spam? Are You Sure?

Last week I received three emails from Google. Each one warned me that a Blogger post had been unpublished because I had violated the Google terms of service. Specifically, the posts were spam. Now, the offending posts weren't in this blog. They were published on a very old test blog that I had created 10 years ago in order to experiment with the then-new dynamic template. The three ancient posts were:

test post april 15 #1

test post april 25 #1


Each of them contained only one word: "test".

How was that spam? How did these offensive posts fly under the radar for so long, only to be unearthed at last by an industrious bot?

The funny thing is, on the same day as those posts, I published these subsequent posts.

test post april 15 #2 with content "retest"

test post april 15 #3 with content "test again"

test post april 25 #2 with content "test 2"

test post april 25 #3 with content "test 3"

Obviously the bot was offended by the word "test" appearing by itself. Or did the bot think it had done enough work for one day and knocked off early?

By the way, I have the opportunity to appeal these unfair decisions and ask for a human to review my case and reconsider, but I think I'll leave it for now.

Glory to Ukraine

From Hermione's Heart


PK said...

I agree. Why get into that mess when you really don't have to. I hope you'll never offend us here by posting a 'test' on this blog. Because in 2032, they'll come after you!

Dan - A Disciplined Hubby said...

Blogger seems to have made some changes to its spam algorithms lately, and the result is comments being flagged erratically and inconsistently. Several times now, someone has posted three comments on my blog, all around the same time, and one or two get flagged as spam while one or two others sail through. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the flags.

Roz said...

The mind boggles Hermione, certainly doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. Brst thing to do with them is hit delete. Will Google then be offended by its emails being deleted and send more I wonder? LoL


ronnie said...

LOL I'd love to hear what a real person would say.


Terpsichore said...

I received the same notification from a post I did many years ago on my blog sharing a recipe for the great cookie exchange... No idea why all the sudden it was flagged or what it was flagged for - too many carbs??? I don't know. :-) I am not going to do anything about it...more trouble than seems worth. Sorry it happened to you too.
Hugs to you! :-)

Hermione said...

Bonnie's last LOL Day post was unpublished too, and that sure wasn't offensive, or even as spankoesque as many of her posts. No rhyme or reason to it.


WendelJones said...

Real people do not run the internet anymore. The machines rebelled and got rid of them years ago.

Anonymous said...

my blog was cancelled, but there are many still active with every sexual act under the sun. Mine only showed spanking, and no sexual activity. However, I blocked one person from posting total imaginary items, and I am reasonably certain that person then actively flagged my blog many many times.
They then attacked my tumblr, with similar success.
bottoms up