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5/13/2011

The Full Transcript of the Abuse of Althouse by Nitecruzr from Google

Filed under: — Patterico @ 9:11 pm

Forwarded conversation
Subject: Re: [Blogger Help] Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.
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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nitecruzr has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Spam Appeal Guidelines – April 2011

Given
the fact that automated spam detection is not yet a perfect science, the
Blogger Team is happy to investigate any reports of false positive spam
reviews, posted here in the forum. That being said, before you request
an appeal, it’s worth describing a few examples of what Blogger
regularly removes, as part of its zero tolerance policy to abusive /
inappropriate content:

- Affiliate marketing.
- Content created with scripts and programs, rather than by hand.
- Content or links referencing GPT, PTC, PTS, ‘Make money from home’, ‘Make money fast’, or other referral-based activities.
- Content scraped from other sources.
- Copyright Infringement.
- Large blogs with multiple, unfocused / unrelated subjects.
- Links to Illegal Downloads / Streaming / Torrents.

If, as the owner of the blog(s) in question, you are confident that your content doesn’t fall into any of the above
categories, and you have already requested a manual review using the
dashboard link – then you can appeal the spam review
decision, and Blogger will again review your blog. If you started this
discussion, just reply here, saying that you’ve read these Guidelines –
and we’ll pass
your appeal to Blogger.

Please
note that the Blogger Team may look at other blogs in your account, as
part of their review. If you request an appeal, and Blogger discovers
other abusive / inappropriate content during the investigation, you risk
having all of your content permanently removed. Please consider this
when requesting an appeal.

If you want to know why any of this is necessary, read here:

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2009/01/blame-it-on-fuzz.html

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2010/04/blogger-blogs-and-make-money-fast-and.html

http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=42577

Please read about the volumes of blogs that are involved in the removal / review process:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=19b164b9d64cda06&hl=en

View this question at the Google Help Forum
Unsubscribe from answers to this question
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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

My blog is not in any of these forbidden categories. Look at my Site Meter statistics — http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=stats&s=s17althouse — and you will see that this is one of the most popular blogs in the Blogger system. I am a law professor at the University of Wisconsin, and my blog is frequently quoted in mainstream media. This is not a blog that should be taken down, and it’s important that it be restored quickly.

Instapundit is blogging about the disappearance of this blog — http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/120665/ — as many people are asking about the problem.

I can’t request a manual review using the dashboard link because attempts to get to my dashboard produce an error: bX-fgcocb

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

I have read the Guidelines. Please pass my appeal to Blogger.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nitecruzr has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Ann,

This is not an automatic response. I will suggest that you read the articles, so you understand what the problems are. The fact that you include the detail “This is not a blog that should be taken down, and it’s important that it be restored quickly.” belies that possibility.

I’ll work with you on this – but you have to work with me, not against me.

Are you still getting a bX error when trying to access your dashboard?

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

It may also help to know that when I am in my profile and I try to “show my blogs” and click “select blogs to display,” I get the error:

bX-xdegux

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Yes, I am still getting the error.

I have read those articles. This is not a spam blog, but a very popular blog written by a law professor, a blog that has been updated daily since 2004.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

CarolEPWhitaker has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I’ve having the same issue as Ann with my blog.

I’ve re-read all the terms and conditions, content policy etc and can’t for the life of me figure out what rule I’ve broken that would cause you to nuke my blog. Can you at least be specific as to the reason for the removal, then I know if I need to reformat to fit the rules or go elsewhere. Thanks. The blog in question was www.thefireinsidecelticband.blogspot.com.

Thank you.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

hrobar has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I am having the exact same problem as Ann. My blog has been removed, and I have not violated any of the terms.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nitecruzr has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I’m closing this discussion, and deleting all hijacks. Ann can reopen this, at her convenience. Everybody else needs to ask their own questions, not hijack here.

References:
[1] [FAQ] Getting Help With Spam Review Needs (Web)

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

This is not a personal attack against anybody here – just a plea to help us to help you.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I do want to keep this open, because this problem isn’t resolved and I am not able to figure out any other path to resolution.

By the way, my minor blogs

http://althouse2.blogspot.com/

http://aalthouse.blogspot.com/

were always displaying and are now working, but I still get an error when I got to my profile and when I try to “select blogs to display.”

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 1:10 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

hrobar has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I POSTED HERE BECAUSE I AM GETTING AN ERROR MESSAGE WHEN I TRY TO START MY OWN THREAD!

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 1:13 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

queen_becka has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I can’t post a thread either…

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

shahadakarim has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

My new blog address (adventuresinmakeup.com), which I PAID FOR, now does not exist. In the blogger disruption I lost my new blog address. My old address comes up, but several blog posts have been deleted.

Blog: shahadakarim.blogspot.com or adventuresinmakeup.com
Browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox
Geographical Location: Los Angeles, CA

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

I’m getting this message:

The blog you were looking for was not found. If you are the owner of this blog, please sign in.

When I sign in, it takes me to my old blog address… which now looks like it’s missing 3 posts.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:50 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I was finally able to get to the review request and have submitted it.

1. What is the BlogSpot URL or the lockedBlogID?
althouse.blogspot.com

2. When did you submit the review request?
I’m not sure whether I have done this. I’ve never been able to find a form that is called a “review request.” I found the “appeal request.” As I’ve said above, I have been getting error messages at various points. Please help me if I am missing something. I realize these steps are important to you, but the pages are not working normally for me.

3. When did you submit the appeal request?
3:38 Central Time, May 13, 2011

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

If I understand this correctly, there is a dashboard link for the review request, but I am unable to get to my dashboard. I get the error bX-fgcocb

I hope you can help me nonetheless.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:57 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nitecruzr has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

OK,
this
is escalated
to Blogger Support on your behalf.

We are sincerely sorry for any
inconvenience which we are causing. Please be patient, while you wait for your
blog to be reviewed – and only post in this question. When you reply in
other questions, or ask duplicate / multiple questions, it just makes
more work for everybody – and delays resolution of everybody’s problems,
including yours.

And, please be aware that this is the final
review, and the decision of the umpires cannot be appealed. If you request another review, and the Blogger Team
finds similar blogs in your Blogger account, you
may lose access to all of your blogs.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2010/02/three-strikes-and-youre-out.html

Please, read the FAQ about spam review requests scheduling!

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=139e590bf0a8aeba&hl=en

To anybody here who needs assistance, and who is not “Ann Althouse”:

This
discussion
is
only about the review of
“althouse.blogspot.com”. If you
have another blog to report, you cannot get support in this
discussion.
Please ask a new question, or stick to your existing discussion.
When you reply in spam review discussions started by other people, it
just makes more work for everybody, and delays resolution
of everybody’s problems, including yours. If you’re a confirmed
spammer, you’re just coming closer to having your account purged.

Please,
read
the
FAQ about using one discussion for multiple spam review requests!

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=3c8720bf43455b96&hl=en

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Hoystory has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I’m glad I abandoned Blogger a long time ago. Hey Google, don’t be evil.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

jpr9954 has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I can’t believe Google and the Blogger Team are being such idiots about this. Semi-porn sites are back online and Ann Althouse isn’t? And you are calling her a spammer. Dudes!

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nextbigfuture has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Ann – Did you ever export out your blog ?

It was in Settings – Basic

Export blog

It export your blog into the Blogger Atom export format.

I also use blogger and fortunately my blog has been mostly restored. I had exported out about once every two months but now I will try to do it on a daily basis.

when you get back you can use the export to move your blog and contents elsewhere.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

TickedOffAboutBuzz has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Seriously, if you guys don’t reinstate her blog, and quickly, you’ve made a huge mistake. There is no credible way you could have come to the conclusion that the Althouse blog is a spam blog. The longer this absence goes on, the more and more plausible seems the theory that this is a politically-motivated attack on Ann.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

LevBronstein has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

When those with pull determine it is spam it is spam. I am sure that the thousands of complaints from certain individuals that are affiliated with certain employee groups argued that it was indeed spam and their complaints lend legitimacy to the action.
Rules, 2,3,6,12 at work.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:46 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Lulu28 has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Nitecruzr, this is exactly what happened to my blog, which was brand new with only one post as of the system crash. Can you help me please?

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

ElectLauraDrexler has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

http://electlauradrexler.blogspot.com/ is still not up… please help.

This is my election site and this exact address/ website needs to be restored

All the campaign info lists
http://electlauradrexler.blogspot.com/ as my website,

YOU HAVEN”T fixed the problem yet and give me NO WAY to contact you but the help forums

so how can we get our blogs back

You have not restored everything !!!

if anyone can help electlauradrexler@gmail.com

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Lulu and kitecruzr PLEASE HELP

http://electlauradrexler.blogspot.com/

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Yes, but not as recently as I now wish I had.

I can’t believe they are not speaking to me in a more respectful way. Instapundit is blogging about my problem. You’d think the bad publicity alone would be motivating here.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

angelatc has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Welcome to our world, Ann.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

DannyVice has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

I’d never heard of Ann’s blog, but I just pulled up Google’s cache of her blog, and there is no spam on that blog. Just regular posts. Almost eight years of work…..

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

LilacSunday has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Nitecruzr said: “I will suggest that you read the articles, so you understand what the problems are.”

Good God. I will suggest that Google start reading some of the blogs it is deleting before it deletes them. If Facebook hired a PR firm to orchestrate this stunt, they couldn’t have made Google look more idiotic.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

hawks5999 has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

“This is a blog that was just written about in the New York Times as one of the most important blogs by professors:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/education/edlife/edl-17blog-t.html”

Yeah, but it says you defended Glenn Beck. Google has a well known liberal bias. I fear you may be toast.
Although, Mankiw is back up. So maybe there is hope. Might be time for WordPress.com

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nitecruzr has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Ann,

I’m going to treat you with courtesy and patience, as I ask Blogger to review your blog. This is in spite of your huge blog with over 20M posts and over 25M visitors a day – not because of that.

Please inform your readers that their harassment is useless. This forum is here to help people with blog problems, where blogs are small or large. We don’t like coyote attacks, and we don’t stand for them.

References:
[1] Don’t Attack Here (Web)

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

2 of 95 people found this answer helpful.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?fid=7d484a48559b3e5c0004a32e8d49b82d&hl=en

Come on, you can do better than that. How about 100 at least? Surely you have more than 100 readers.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Come on, you can do better than that. How about 100 at least? Surely you have more than 100 loyal readers.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

2 of 99

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

2 of 100

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

“2 of 100″

Yes, I have readers, nitcruzr, and they are unhappy with the way Blogger is treating me.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 7:16 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nitecruzr has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

2 of 114 people found this answer helpful.Shoot – can’t you find at least 200 faithful readers?

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 7:49 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

So… it’s just a joke to you? You mock my predicament. Everyone is telling me to get off Blogger. I have defended Blogger, on line, for so many years to people who’ve told me to leave.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 7:56 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

nitecruzr has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Ann,

Believe it or not, the above “OK,
this
is escalated
to Blogger Support on your behalf.” is a standard escalation advice. It’s been in Blogger Support’s queue for 4 hours now.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Hoystory has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Nitecruzer, having second thoughts about the abject unprofessionalism of your snark? When trying to disappear comments down the memory hole, you need to delete the ones that reference the flushed content. May I suggest contemplation of Wheaton’s Law?

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

to Blogger Support on your behalf.” is a standard escalation advice. It’s been in Blogger Support’s action queue for 4 hours now.

It’s been a long 3 days, and the harassment from your readers doesn’t make it any easier.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

B Hollis has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

nitecruzer, if you’re rude and obnoxious to Ann, what do you expect her readers to do? Thank for for it?

Look, it’s simple. Admit a mistake on someone’s part, apologize for your own rude behavior, and I’m betting almost everyone here will let bygones be bygones and leave you alone. But you started it by being totally obnoxious, so it’s up to you to man up and take some responsibility for that.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Dead Dog Bounce has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Nitecruzer, thanks for deleting the joke at Ann’s expense. Always important to hide the evidence after the deed is done. However, it’s a sad fact that a coverup always looks really bad.

I have to say that I’m deeply shocked at the abject lack of any sign of real world feeling. The Althouse blog represents something close to Ann’s life’s work. It must be in the top 1% of blogspot blogs. If this is the kind of response that Blogger staff have, I’m going to have to downgrade my already low view of humanity.

Looks to me like Google just jumped the shark.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:06 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Brett from blogger has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Ann Althouse,

We’re very sorry about the disruption. We’re looking into this right now and want to get your blog restored as soon as possible. You can bug me on Twitter if you like if things come up in the meantime.

Appreciate your patience, and btw love your blog.

-brett
twitter.com/electrobutter

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

AC245 has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Are
you now pretending that all the obnoxious comments you made throughout
this thread (and then later deleted) never happened, nitecruzr?

Or
is your contribution of petty, snide, and insulting commentary also
part of the “standard escalation” procedure in threads you participate
in?

For what it’s worth, I reported each of your (now-deleted)
comments as abusive, and encourage other readers to do the same for any
similar ones you post. You are not the type of person that a reputable
corporation would want to have dealing with their customers, and
Google/Blogger should be made aware of that fact.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Ann Althouse has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Thank you, Brett!

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

littlebeartoe has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Prof. Althouse, leave Blogger. This is ridiculous. Blogger has been largely up for hours now; althouse.blogspot.com is still down. Your corner 7-11 would give better and quicker service, and only a foolish organization would fail to recognize your stature in their community.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Edmd5.20.10 has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

nitecruzr

Ann Althouse’s blog is not like spam on any level. This blockage is ridiculous. She is a regular political blogger who has done great work. I have written over at Patterico’s that she deserved a pulitzer for what she did during the wisconsin protests. http://patterico.com/2011/03/18/%e2%80%9cnow-you-are-a-target%e2%80%9d-the-new-civility-targets-ann-althouse/

She has not and never will spam. Your algorithms are wrong and really, I can’t believe that no one at google knows of her blog and knows that this is a ridiculous block.

Btw, if you want to get a sense of what kinds of things appeared on her blog before you blocked it, use this address to search the site I am guest blogging at.

http://patterico.com/index.php?s=althouse&submit=Search

I have liked and recommended blogger for years. I have recommended it to others. We are all talking about this, and so far google is looking really bad.

http://patterico.com/2011/05/13/psa-how-to-find-althouse%e2%80%99s-blog/

There is no need for an appeal. She is innocent. Unblock her site, NOW.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

Enigmaticore has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Thank you for stepping in, Brett from Blogger. Some of the risks of turning over too much authority to a volunteer.

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From: Google Help
Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM
To: annalthouse@gmail.com

littlebeartoe has posted an answer to the question “Blogger disruption caused complete removal of my blog.”:

Aha. Althouse.blogspot.com is back. Brett must be effective! Good going there. But the lesson is still stark. Leave Blogger, Professor.

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