Commenting Rules Page

It’s not much different from the one at the Blogspot Slobber And Spittle, but I’ve put the rules page here, too. After all, people don’t necessarily think to look at the old place for the rules that apply to the new one.

There was a comment here recently that appears to violate one of those rules (though not annoyingly so), so I figured it was time.

A Blogroll At Last

Ahem. I'm sharing something of myself and you're not displaying pictures?Part of the process of moving from one place to another is transporting the blog roll – all the blogs I supposedly read and/or like. I’m finally starting to fill it in over here at the new place. As you can see, we’re as far as the ‘L’s now.

While I was checking out things at the old blog, I ran into something I hadn’t heard of before, called referral spam. Apparently, there are actually people who make links to things like this blog in hopes that people will look at theirs in return. The one I noticed today even has a page explaining about how it’s not illegal or anything, and therefore it’s OK. Of course, if you send them an e-mail so they can get an e-mail list together that they can sell, they’ll be happy to remove you from their spambot service. Let me tell you something: It’s not OK.

My policy about blog rolls has changed with the move. As you can see, it’s no longer “Blogs I Read”, as it was at the old place. I’ll put your blog in this roll even if I don’t read it all that much, as long as yours is a small blog that links to me.

See. Old dogs can learn new tricks. We just have to want to.

If you have a link to my blog at your place, its name starts with the letters ‘A’ thru ‘L’, you’re not referral spam or some other site dedicated to advertising a product or service, and you don’t see your blog on the blog roll, please let me know. In fact, if you’re a follower with those same qualifications, and you want your blog in the blog roll, please let me know. I’ve already noted a couple I will be including eventually.

And Furthermore …

As a postscript of sorts to the explanation I wrote last week about why this is the new home of Slobber And Spittle, I thought I’d note that Google finally provided a place for me to tell them that yes, that really was me trying to break into my Blogger account.

The only problem, apart from that it’s more than a week late, is that it was on Google Maps.

Yes, I’ve been logged into Blogger off and on since then. No indication there, nor has there been any further e-mail. But yesterday I saw this little red banner on Google maps, while I was searching in vain for used DVD stores in my area. It certainly appears that they don’t get the idea of associating notices about services with those services, but instead just randomly pick some other service offering to inform me of a problem.

This is the sort of thing I’ve learned to expect from Blogger/Google.

For those Internet services that are trying to compete with Google’s offerings, I’d say that this is one part of their service philosophy you’d be wise not to emulate.

No Longer .bak

While its title hasn’t changed yet, this is the new home of Slobber And Spittle. The old blog, which is at Blogspot, also known as Google, will continue to be there as an archive. Maybe at some point in the future I’ll return there, but for now, this is the new place.

Why the change? It all started last weekend, when I was on a short vacation in another part of the country. I tried logging into the Blogger account at Blogspot/Google, I was presented with this message:

The message you get from Google when you're not where you're supposed to be.

The message you get from Google when you’re not where you’re supposed to be.

Here I am, faced with the choice of giving them my phone number when they don’t need it, or changing a password and still being unable to log in, I opted for neither. I didn’t have anything I particularly needed to blog about at that moment. Knowing how my mind works, or doesn’t, I wasn’t willing to risk changing the password, only to be unable to remember it later, another problem that Google only seems to be able to clear up if you give them a phone number these days. I was mostly logging in to check on comments and to see what else might be wrong. As it happened, the only thing wrong was nothing I could do anything about.

Of course, there is absolutely no reason they needed my phone number. Google could have confirmed via the e-mail it sent me warning me that I was trying to break into my own account that it was actually I, not some imposter. They could use some special security or passphrase. They chose to leave no option there, either. The help center has no category that strikes me as likely to include help for “I’ve been locked out of my account since I’m out of town and don’t own a cell phone”, so there was no help there, either.

Typical Blogspot in the era of Google, in other words.

What they were telling me, whether they realize it or not, is that they want a cell phone number from me more than they want my continued use of their service. So I’ve stopped.

There are lots of things to recommend Blogspot, of course. And let’s face it, it’s free, so I can’t complain too much. But, in the absence of any real help or possibility of feedback that humans will pay attention to, not using the service anymore seems like the logical choice.

At least for now, this is home. We’ll see how long that lasts…