The Dead Tree Edition blog is experiencing technical difficulties so readers will find the message from Google stating “The blog you were looking for was not found.” Here is the message Dead Tree Edition sent out yesterday:
“For all of you who have been kind enough to link to my blog, Dead Tree Edition (http://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/), I wanted to let you know that it’s been attacked by Google’s robots and, as of this morning, is out of service. But it’s not dead, it’s only resting. Here’s the explanation from Google, which owns Blogspot: “The disabling is a result of our automated classification system marking it as spam. Because this system is automated there will necessarily be some false positives, though we’re continually working on improving our algorithms to avoid these. If your blog is not a spam blog, then it was one of the false positives, and we apologize.”’
I have submitted evidence to Googleworld that I am indeed a human being, and I have appealed to the Google bots to restore Dead Tree Edition. From what I have read so far from other bloggers, it may take several days, or more, for that to happen. I suspect the problem is the result of a few spammy comments that were submitted in the past few days that I had not had time to remove. It would have been nice if Google had notified me of the problem or disabled the comments. It would have been nice if Google had notified me when it disabled the blog. It would be nice if I had access to the offending comments so that I could remove them. It would have been nice if Google had not chosen a period of extremely high traffic that resulted from several of you linking to my new article on the Flats Sequencing System. And it would be nice if people going to the site got more of an explanation than “The blog you were looking for was not found.” But such is life in the Googlopoly.
I would appreciate anything you can do to get the word out to your readers. I will notify you when the bots have smiled on Dead Tree Edition and made it un-dead.”