Friday, August 1, 2008

Attacks on Flight 93 Sites

Okay, I'm getting really irrated here. I am trying to help out a friend by posting something for him, and I keep getting an error message. I've even tried changing the text by adding some writing of my own. Didn't work. Here it is:

Bob has asked me to post this for him, because he keeps getting error message, even over here. I must admit, I get an error message too, so I am going to try a different approach. That is why you see this additional writing and a different title. His title that he chose is, 'Denial of Service Attacks on Flight 93 Sites'. He believes it is important for everyone to know that we are having an effect, as do I, because someone has flagged his blogger account and had it shut down. Below please find what he has written. His will be in italics.

At 10:33 PM last night, I received an email from Boston Maggie, saying that her blogspot site had been locked due to a spam report. She had posted some things about Jawn eF'n sKerry, (who served in Viet Nam, BTW) and she assumed it had upset some Taxachusetts liberals, who responded by hitting the "Flag This Site" button. At 10:34 PM I received an email from Blogger telling me that MY blogspot site had been locked for the same reason. Someone had hit the "Flag This Site" button on my site as well.

I would just like to add that I find this childish and disgusting. If they don't like free speech, go back to Saudi Arabia! hehehe. Oh, I'm also writing this in the hopes that the computer will notice this is not the same post as the one I received an error message. heh.

Text of email from blogger:
Your blog at: DCProtestWarrior has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out this form.

Your blog will be deleted within 20 days if it isn't reviewed, and you'll be unable to publish posts during this time. After we receive your request, we'll review your blog and unlock it within two business days. If this blog doesn't belong to you, you don't have to do anything, and any other blogs you may have won't be affected
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I am interrupting this email just in case this is the problem. Does anyone know what an 404 is?
We find spam by using an automated classifier.
This, in fact, is not true. Blogger contacted these two people due to someone flagging their site. Remember?
Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog like yours is flagged incorrectly.
It most certainly was!
We sincerely apologize for this error.
Oh really? Who is that on your donation list? For whom are you voting?
By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to bloggers like you instead of to spammers.
This is a load of crap, because you told me you couldn't block pornographers from my site! Hypocrites. I complain and there's nothing you can do. Someone else complains once, and you shut everything down? How dare you!
For more information, please see Blogger Help.

Thank you for your understanding and for your help with our spam-fighting efforts.

Sincerely,

The Blogger Team
After a few email exchanges with people OUTSIDE the blogspot community, we came to the conclusion that someone was targeting sites with one similar theme:

The meeting is on Saturday in Somerset PA regarding the Flight 93 Memorial.This attempt to silence our opinions on the proposed design is disturbing. It means we have struck a nerve and upset some people and they believe we are making a difference.

I have followed the instructions contained in the email from blogger, as has Maggie. We will keep you updated on the progress. I feel certain that the issue will be resolved in our favor.
I have also emailed blogger support and informed them of my suspicions
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Please supply any technical help you may know of that I don't, which would not be that hard. lol. Thank you for helping ConcreteBob and BostonMaggie. Have a good night.

I did happen to notice a code I am unfamiliar with: _mce. What does this do? It may the cause of our 404 error message. Some computer programs use codes that no other program will allow. Hmm. Should I try this again now that I've found some codes and deleted them? Hmm...

PS. How ironic. Blogger is the one doing the banning, and blogger is the only one that would allow me to post this so far! My head is spinning. lol.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's News and Ideas and Adam's Blog. Digg! Digg!

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