September 10, 2005

Flogging Blogger

Will Google become the Wal-Mart of the web? Hopefully not! They have a we will do no evil motto!

In a taste of what may be coming Google owned Blogger is starting to censor blogspot sites based on readers saying the site has objectionable content. Read about the flag button.

This would be an excellent idea if restricted to spam. But your hot topic might be objectionable to me or Sally, or w, or, well, just about anyone. Heck, there are plenty of folks out there who will click on people's Flag Button just for no reason at vandalism.

It looks like blogger users might be able to remove the Navigation Bar and the offensive Flag button by removing this statement:

@import url(;
from their templates.

Update: Tegan says you can't remove this. Maybe if buy a pay service. I do see some blogger sites without the navbar.

By the way, have you ever contemplated the possibility of Google's vast database of people's search activities in the hands of some future thought police. Oh yea, the Patriot Act. Perhaps the future is not so far away.

Via A Stitch In Haste.

Posted by Steve on September 10, 2005

Blogger users can't remove that line from the template, as it's added after the fact. It's not part of the regular template. But yeah, I'd be inclined to remove that flag if I could. I was surprisingly offended when I first saw it.

I need to get me some real blogging software...

Posted by Laura Gjovaag at September 10, 2005 3:07 PM

Blogger makes it very clear that there have to be multiple flags for them to even consider removing content.

And having just had some experience using one of the other major blog softwares, I can say that I am glad to be using Blogger.

Posted by Diane at September 11, 2005 4:22 PM
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