Saturday, August 02, 2008

Neocon Express Back Up and Running

A wave of Obama supporters “flagged” the Neocon Express as a “spam” sight and successfully shut us down until Google’s Blogger programmers manually confirmed that we are not a spam site. The process took about 48 hours.

Apparently, this is a glitch in the ‘Blogger’ system which allows anyone on the net to “flag” any Blogger site as a spam site with the "FLAG BLOG" button on the top bar on the left. With enough “flags” they shut down a site automatically until Google manually inspects the site to confirm it’s a legitimate blog and not automated spam. Unfortunately, Obama supporters have been abusing this method which was designed to filter out real net spammers, and have been systematically flagging high profile “anti-Obama” blogs on the vast ‘Blogger’ system as “spam” in order to shut down debate.

As promised in their e-mail to me, Google has us back up and running within 48 hours, with an apology. Again, My apologies to our readers; apparently it’s just part of the election “war” that is going on, especially on the Internet, so I won’t take it personally. I do think it’s a bad reflection on Obama supporters. In any event, now that the site has been manually inspected by Blogger, the same trick can't be pulled again.

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