Saturday, March 20, 2010

Abandoned Blogs ::: GRRRRR!

ME: This blog address looks abandoned – can I have the URL?
Blogger: Sorry, no can do! After a blog is deleted, the subdomain is reserved for the previous owner of the URL to reclaim if he/she so chooses. People claim blogs after years without use more often than you would think.

There are a lot of blogger blogs out there with desirable names that have not been touched for years, some going back as far as 2000 and 2001! Why does blogger REFUSE to delete them, but is only too glad to wipe out years of legitimate bloggers' hard works??? This happened to two different bloggers I know! They didn't violate TOS or anything like that. One blogger was told her blog was "spam" (it was not) and the other was told his blog had been flagged --- a pop-up on his blog had been changed to re-direct viewers to a pornography site - he didn't know it and blogger didn't let him know in advance, they just assumed he did it and deleted five years of blogging!

Wondering about this I googled and found a good suggestion. But the smart-aleck who blogged it makes it impossible to comment without jumping thru crappy hoops! What a waste!  An Advert popsup on top of the comments box, so you HAVE to deal with the advert. Guess what happens next? When you finally do reach the comments you have to REGISTER! Crappy bloggerboy!!!!

Here's what the smart aleck blogger proposes:

Why don't you have an option on claimed blogger URLs to "Request Reclamation" or some-such that (depending on possible restrictions, obviously current and well-maintained blogs are NOT the target here, only empty, old ones -- the kind that were created in 2004 and not touched since) would basically email the blog owner (who, remind you... the party found wanting of the URL can not contact normally) with a generated URL that basically could go something like this:
Dear <Email>,
Greetings from Blogger! The reason why we are emailing you today is it looks like you have signed up a Blogger.Com webblog from this Email Address. According to our records, however, nothing has been done to it in quite some time, and so another user is requesting to <Takeover/Reclaim/Transfer/whatever verbage sounds best> this URL so they can use it. As the Blogger URL currently belongs to you, we thought we should ask you first.

Blog Title: <Title Here>
Blog URL : <URL HERE>
Last Post: <Last Post Here>
If You still intend on using this Blogger Address, Do let us know, for we are happy to have you as part of our community. However, if you are no longer interested in that Blogger URL, There is someone on our site whose day you would make if you would approve the transfer . Either way, Please let us know at the site below. It will only take a couple seconds, and then we wont bother you anymore.
<Auto-script URL -- should not require them to sign in>
Please do be aware that since we deal with old records, you must reply via that link within two weeks or else we may assume that This email is no longer active, and give away your blog URL.
Thanks!

--The Blogger Team

The bloggerboy suggests that Google could make a really easy rule that would say basically anyone who posts to their blog in the last 6 months is exempt from this-- nobody can even request. Also, if your mailer daemon gets a bounce-back, then obviously the email is no longer in use, which in that case should automatically grant a reclaim since (i believe) the user is violating TOS.

ADVICE: If you have a blog, keep it!

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