Jail. Not a Thrilling Word.

Yesterday morning as I was attempting to log into IDOL BLUES, one of my other blogs, I was met with messages. Not the “Hi, how are you” sort of messages rather this:

“This blog has been locked due to possible Blogger Terms of Service violations. You may not publish new posts until your blog is reviewed and unlocked.
This blog will be deleted within 20 days unless you request a review.
Your blog is marked as spam

Since you’re an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not a spam blog. Automated spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and we sincerely apologize for this false positive.”

Basically IDOL BLUES was locked erroneously into a Spam Jail. I could see her, I could read her but I could not post. It was sad, slightly distressing and well, made me a bit angry. I sent an email worded as carefully as I could to inquire what had prompted this travesty.

“Your site was flagged by a reader. At the top of your blog is a tool bar that readers, if they believe you’ve posted questionable material that may be in violation of blogger’s terms of service, can notify we, at blogger, to investigate.”

Now then, the email went on more about the terms of service, protocol and assurances that this could not be a tool used by spiteful people to squelch my freedom of expression, etc… To which I replied that obviously that was what had indeed occurred and I wanted to know Who would do such a thing. Of course, they could not tell me but reviewing the hits I’d received I proceeded to sleuth through motives, timeline and subject of material in question.

I was pleasantly surprised after much Nancy Drewing research I was wrong about the exact Who might have tried to hurt IDOL BLUES. (I mean they were threatening to delete her!) It seems it was one of my old “fans” from the looks of things from way back in the day…

This morning, I breathed a sigh of relief to see that blogger was so kind as to remit this apology which I will accept:

“On behalf of the robots, we apologize for locking your non-spam blog. Find out more about how Blogger is fighting spam blogs.”

So all is right with the world of my IDOL BLUES – until the next time that someone decides to try and hurt me. I was also assured that this likely won’t happen again, blogger claims they’ll be on lookout for duplicate staging efforts to shut me down.

That leads me to the situation of this afternoon. My court date for excessive use of motorcycle is at 1:00 p.m. DMan has already told my Patrick and all the guys in the band he’d let them know at practice this evening if I was spending the night in the County facilities or not. Nice. Maybe I’ll get more sunflowers.

I will admit, it wouldn’t be the first time I hit Hotel County Jail.

Perhaps I’ll get to do something like this:
(contains “Thriller” appropriate for the time)

it’s dance, or get solitary confinement. Obviously they chose ‘dance’.


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