Sunday, 13 June 2010
A Little Bird
On Savanna's blog today I read that one of her favourite blogs, infomaniac, has been removed by blogger and the author Mistress MJ ousted from google. She wasn't notified that this was to happen. It may be an error, technical or otherwise. I've never actually read the blog in question, I have come across MJ in the comments of other blogs, and hers has been on my mental list of sites I must visit when I get time because her comments are always witty.
Whatever the reason the blog has been removed we all need to know why. MJ has lost four years' worth of content, bam! just like that, and she can't even ask why because her voice has been silenced in googleopolis. Which all feels far too Kafkaesque for my liking. So I posted this question on blogger's help forum this afternoon:
I heard today that a blog – 'Infomaniac' – has been removed, and four years worth of content lost, overnight. The author was not informed that this was to happen and the blog hasn't broken any blogger rules as far as can be determined. The author has also been locked out of her gmail account. Is this a technical problem, a human error, or has it been done intentionally? If it has been done intentionally I would very much like to know how blogger justifies this action? If blogger has a censorship policy that involves removing blogs without giving notice to the author all blogger users need to be made aware of this.
One of the things I love most about the online community is that we band together and can, thus, both effect and affect the way it operates. This blog, another one I've been meaning to read for some time, provides the links needed to ask a question of blogger, which was rather handy for me as I wouldn't have had a clue otherwise. You can see my question on the blogger forum here, and should you so wish you can add your voice to it, to one of the growing others that have been asked about this matter, or you can ask your own.
Update: in my comments Vextasy provided a link to the data liberation front which explains how to back-up your blog. It seems well worth the five minutes or so it takes to do this, mine is being exported to my hard drive right now.