Has Bookmarks4Techs Been Kidnapped or Assassinated?

My sister site, Bookmarks4Tech.com, has either been kidnapped or assassinated (after 3 years) by Google’s Blogger service and marked as a TOS (Terms of Service) violator by Google’s automated spam detection system. I am awaiting a review from Google to get the site back. The process to do this is not a friendly or easy process. It does not give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. As a matter of fact if anyone feels violated, it is me!

TOS Violation

Contained in my site was scripting language that I suspect their automated system identified as suspicious. The scripting language was used on my part, in good faith, to automate the content of the site.  There is nothing suspicious about it and if a real person would have looked at it then none of this would have occurred.

For the past several weeks I had received notices that my site appeared suspicious and was possibly being looked upon as a spam host.  Each time I posted on the site I had to go through a “human identifier” process to prove that I was a human maintaining the site and that the site was not a bot of sorts. I played the game, yet Blogger’s automated system still was not satisfied and killed my site. I woke up on Monday morning to find the following message in my email with no indication on how to contact Blogger support or any instruction whatsoever to recover the site. Needless to say, I was not happy!

Hello, Your blog at http://www.bookmarks4techs.com/has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM. In accordance to these terms, we’ve removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible. For more information, please review the following resources:

Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.g

Blogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy

-The Blogger Team

I especially liked how they signed the email; “The Blogger Team”.  I would have felt much better, and part of the “team”, if they provided a method to contact the “team”.

Apparently, like in my case, there are many false positives where sites get locked out. This goes to show that I really have no control over my own content and the “team” really does not care.

In the meantime, I’ll be counting the hours and days to see if Bookmarks4Techs has been kidnapped by Google or assassinated by Google.

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35 Responses to Has Bookmarks4Techs Been Kidnapped or Assassinated?

  1. techpaul says:

    I have the feeling the “blogger team” is in fact a script, and that no human was ever involved… But more to the point, your site is (I refuse to say “was”) a terrific resource, and it’s (unnecessary) loss would be a crime. As a blogger myself, I think – too – I can understand the angst you are going through. I hope the matter is quickly and happily resolved.

    • Ramblinrick says:

      TechPaul,

      You are correct… The Blogger Team is definitely a “virtual” team with no human makeup (or consideration for others). It will be quite interesting to see how long this draws out. Their process for getting the site reviewed, in itself, had me suspicious. Just terrible business on their part.

      Thanks for commenting… Rick

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  3. Rick,
    I’m sorry this has happened to your site, and hope there’s a quick resolution to this stupid mistake on the part of the “Blogger Team”. If Google wants to audit sites against their Terms of Service, they should fund that activity with living beings instead of relying on faulty software. I’m in your corner, hang in there.
    Best,
    Paul

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Paul,

      Thanks for your concern… I’m just rolling with this to see how this plays out. Not too big of a deal, but Bookmarks4Techs is where I liked to change it around once in awhile.

      Hope all is well with you…

      Rick

  4. delenn13 says:

    WOW! Anything the minions can do?

    Hopefully Google gets their head out of their A$$ soon. Another example of automation gone wrong again.

  5. Peter Lee says:

    A friend of mine got his YouTube account suspended the other day, and all his YouTube videos deleted. Apparently Google claimed one of the videos has violated their TOS. 5 years of hard work, 275 uploaded videos and more than 50k subscribers, all gone without any warning. He went through a lot of hassles finding ways to contact “The YouTube Team”, and now he’s waiting for their reply(if they’ll ever reply). Another reason not to depend too much on Google’s products I supposed. I hope you will be able to get Bookmarks4Techs back, Rick. Fingers crossed.

  6. Lucien Locke says:

    Hey Rick,

    Just a thought….you and your informative service are hindered…do you or did you pay for the ability of the provider to arbitrarily determine content on your site? Better question and one you are infinitely qualified to answer …Is there a better service out there for Boolmarks4Techs?

    This reminds me of no-contract phone service providers. Try their customer service some time if you want real frustration.

    keep your head up, Rick and best to you and yours,
    Lucien

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Lucien,

      Thank you for your input and concern.

      The Blogger (blogging) service is owned by Google that is a FREE online blogging service. They can pretty do what they want and I know that going into this; however, this automated process they have in place to fight the spammers is hurting the good guys. My site was a tech resource and nothing on the site was offensive… Just a waiting game at this point until a actual human reviews the site.

      Thanks,

      Rick

  7. Bill Mullins says:

    Rick,

    Having twice been “suspended” by WordPress for supposed violations of their Terms of Service – and, being forced to deal with an unyielding bureaucracy before WordPress relented (finally admitting an internal error), I can well appreciate your frustration.

    I’m sure, once a “semi-live” member of the “Blogging Team” gets involved, this issue will be resolved in your favor. Small consolation, I know.

    Bill

  8. pochp says:

    Hey Rick,
    I felt the same way when I tried to contact an owner of an exclusive school to complain. It’s website is just a Facebook page with not one contact address.

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  12. SK. Mezanul says:

    Rick,

    I am so sorry to learn about what Blogger (Google) did to Bookmarks4Techs.

    Really, I wonder why Google can’t hire real human for auditing sites before suspending them without warning, when it earns billions of dollars of these services.

    What amuses me more is Google really calls these automated faulty bots “Blogger Team” or “(name any Google service) Team” in its email.

    I hope Bookmarks4Techs will be back online soon…

    Best,
    Mezanul

    • Ramblinrick says:

      S.K. Mezanul,

      I really want to thank you (personally) for your concern!

      I am still waiting to hear from Blogger Team (Google) on this matter. It does appear that many people get caught up in this trap and it further appears it takes awhile.

      Again — THANK YOU!

      Rick

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  14. SK. Mezanul says:

    Rick,

    I know… :/

    Even I had similar kind of experiences but I couldn’t give you any better suggestion to contact someone at Google other than the forums…

    I thought may be…fingers crossed..your issue will get resolved soon in the forums.

    Mezanul

  15. acitodg says:

    Good Luck Rick! It can pretty tough to get a hold of a real person at Google unless you are using adwords. Hopefully you can get it all figured out.

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