Thursday, August 25, 2005

Flag As Objectionable

Ok, I admit before I had only skimmed Blogger's info on Flag As Objectionable. It is actually more informative than I first thought. It still is not totally open about how things are done, but I think that is important to prevent it from being abused.

They do say they base it on number of members that flag a blog, and imply that they do review them rather than any automated process handling it. In fact they say, "The Flag button ... cannot be manipulated by angry mobs."

Elsewhere in it they mention:

For more serious cases, such as spam blogs or sites engaging in illegal activity, we will continue to enforce our existing policies (removing content and deleting accounts when necessary).

So they apparently do remove content and delete accounts. I have not seen any evidence of that happening. In fact, long ago I was told they do not monitor content when I complained about a spammy porn blog. That was a good while ago so maybe their policies have changed. But don't forget the rather recent blogspot spammer.

But mainly they appear to be concerend with just not promoting blogs with inappropriate or vulgar content. I certainly would not want kids to see some of the blogs here. I have no objection to them existing, but they don't belong in the Next Blog "ring." But I have no interest in flagging those. The only ones I will flag are spam blogs.

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