Oh this is just great. I just got labeled as a spam blog. Here is the warning that I received when I logged into my blog today:
This blog has been locked by Blogger's spam-prevention robots. You will not be able to publish your posts, but you will be able to save them as drafts.
Save your post as a draft or click here for more about what's going on and how to get your blog unlocked.--------
Here is what blogger says about why this happens:
What We're Doing About Spam
Needless to say, we do not approve of spamming here at Blogger. Below are some of the things we've implemented to remove and reduce spam on our service. We will update this list as we continue our efforts.
Automated spam classifying algorithms keep spam blogs out of NextBlog and out of our "Recently Published" list on the dashboard.
The same classifiers are used to require an extra word verification field on the posting form for potential spam blogs. This makes it harder for spammers to set up automated systems to do their posting, since a human needs to complete this step.
The Flag as Objectionable button in the Navbar lets you notify us of problem blogs that you find, so we can review them and take appropriate action.
Let's take a look at why this might have happened from least likely to most likely:
1) The sudden spike in traffic and comments.
2) A whole bunch of people clicked the "report this blog/flag as objectionable" link out of sheer spite. That would imply people don't like me...but, but, but...everyone likes me! I can imagine Microsoft employees doing that for discovering their secret Windows Update but they would first have to find this blog. That isn't likely either.
3) Yesterday's post on a new type of spam. But there is other content in that post, so it shouldn't be a problem unless they have lousy filters.
4) The whole "old hash"/"new hash" thing in the modified secret Windows Update post. I can see this as a major problem for various anti-spam algorithms. It does look like gobbledygook despite being perfectly legit.
Yet another reason I'm seriously disliking Blogger. Ooh! I've got a great idea. Let's add gasoline to the fire! If I get any more ticked off, I'll end up heading over to weblogmatrix.org and get something better.
Edit: Took almost 24 hours for Google to get around to declaring my blog spam-free.