Saturday, August 02, 2008

Blogger Beijing BOM Ban Breaks

They're definitely out to get us

Yesterday BOM was blocked by Blogger/Google. We were emailed to say we could no longer post, and that BOM in its entirety would be deleted in 20 days.

Naturally our first thought was conspiracy - the dark forces of the Progressive Consensus had finally been so rattled by BOM's Massive Influence, they'd contacted that sinister cigarette man who smokes in the shadows on the X-Files. He'd done the necessary, and the knock at the door was imminent. We were about to join history's great martyrs to free speech.

How thrilling!

As you can imagine, we were hugely disappointed to discover we'd actually been blocked due to a cocked-up Blogger anti-spam drive, along with thousands of political (and other) blogs worldwide.

And neither were they all such uncontentious middle of the road blogs like what BOM is: many were lefty US bloggers who reckoned they'd been silenced because they support Barack. And hilariously, many of them really did complain they are vital contributors to the national political debate - why, they'd even been mentioned on the John Stewart show!!!

So normal service is resumed.

It does make you think though. Tyler immediately saved all of his previous posts onto his own computer, which stupidly he had not thought necessary before.

And he wondered whether his plan to switch his entire life (email, contact book, and calendar) onto Google was such a good one after all. What if they randomly pull the plug? Does Tyler want to be life-dependent on a bunch of overpaid pretend hippies in California?

PS Blogger's folksy "apology" for this cock-up, after a whole day of silence, is an updated version of 1970s British Rail: "We... wanted to sound off real quick [ugh] to let you know that, despite it being Friday afternoon, we are working hard to sort this out. So to those folks who have received an email saying that your blog has been classified as spam and can't post right now, we offer our sincere apologies for the trouble. All services are subject to severe delay and cancellation due to staff shortage and technical operating difficulties in the Raynes Park area." But at least Blogger is free to users and doesn't get a taxpayer subsidy. So what do you expect?

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