Yesterday I got this alarming message from the uk blog support team in my inbox:
You have published content or shown behaviour on our platform that violates our
Terms of Service.
According to our Terms of service the following constitutes inadmissible content:
- content consisting of nothing more than links to other pages, advertising, the
repetition of texts and/or lists of excessive numbers of obvious tags (spam);
Your account has therefore been deleted.
Before you consider registering with us again, we strongly advise you to carefully
read our Terms of Service (http://www.blog.co.uk/company/tos.php) to make sure
that any future content or behaviour does not violate our Terms of Service.
Your blog.co.uk team
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c/o Kowert, Schwanke und Von Schwerin, Spichernstraße 2, 10777 Berlin, Deutschland
Fax.: +49 - (0)30 86 099 429
Registergericht München: HRB 207367
Geschäftsführer: Luca Ascani'
I was HORRIFIED! I scampered to my blog ... to find that it was still there, large as life. Pheeewww ...
So then I thought, had I been hacked?
I wrote to the team saying 'I received this in my inbox today which purports to be from you. It has
no relation to my blog whatsoever. Where has it come from? Surely not
I then got this reply today:
thank you for your request.
It appears as though your blog was deleted in a mass deletion of spam blogs. While we strive to avoid such occurrences, some blogs that publish a lot of links are can to be mistaken for spam, and on very rare occasions, get deleted.
Please send us the name of your blog and we will restore it.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused and hope that this regrettable incident does not sully your enjoyment of our site.
Please let us know if you still have questions.
The blog.co.uk Customer Support
I wrote back: 'Well there are two strange things about this. Firstly, I don't have a lot of links on my site. In fact, hardly any, ever.
Secondly, fortunately my blog has not been deleted, despite being told that it has.'
So how come that my blog, which has been established now for several years, which has very few links, no spam or tags or repetition etc etc, gets chucked in the bin with the spam???? And second of all, how come that they tell me it's deleted when it isn't? Is that what happens to the real spam - that it is not effectively deleted either?
I am NOT impressed.