Hello Aspierations Visitors and Returnees,
This will be a quick housekeeping blog directed toward those who have recently made postings in the Comments section of the Aspierations blog.
It came to my attention today that Blogger has a new Spam feature where through some formula, they ascertain when you leave a comment on my blog if is legitimately relevant or spam. I found this out when I was in my Dashboard deleting some inappropriate comments and noticed that my Spam folder had a number of messages inside. Some had been there for awhile, sorry!
A number of the messages marked by Blogger as spam were legitimate, so I went ahead and approved all those messages and they should now be posted. I apologize if you were adversely impacted by this. Believe me, I wasn't trying to censor you! If you were flagged by Blogger as a spammer and can't post, please try again. Hopefully my approving your messages shall fix the issue.
Conversely, a number of very rude and inappropriate messages were able to escape the spam filter and get through so I have no clue how it works. Seems it is done arbitrarily although I'm sure there is a method to it. I'm working on figuring it out.
I want to apologize to those who may have tried posting comments but didn't see them post right away. If this happened to you, it wasn't me stopping the posting, it was the spam filter. Could you please tell me if at the time your message was blocked by Blogger and temporarily moved to Spam if you received a message of any type from Blogger? I'm trying to understand how the whole thing works.
On the positive side, I can now mark inappropriate messages as spam. Don't worry, I believe in freedom of speech, however some posts just don't need to be here. Speaking of which, I have blocked a number of ISPs. I realize that some people have a way around this but I am very aware now of what is going on and am on top of it.
If for some reason, you can't post either because Blogger flagged you as a possible spammer or because you believe I may have accidentally blocked you, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the situation. I truly want people with positive intentions here and the last thing I want to do is have you go away.
For those hesitant to post, please don't be shy. I welcome your comments. Constructive criticism and differing opinions are fine by me. Of course compliments and encouragement are always welcome too! Questions are definitely encouraged. One thing I ask is that you not make personally disparaging and below the belt comments toward me, my family, my Aspierations blog friends and visitors or those I care about. I also would appreciate you not insulting those with special needs. You don't have to like me and you certainly don't have to love me. You don't have to agree with me. I just ask that if you disagree with something I say that you post in a respectful way. I welcome debate and intelligent discourse.
Okay, enough housekeeping!
I will be posting a blog later this evening in relation to National Bullying Awareness month. I have some really great links for you guys so I invite you to come back! I could use your support! :-)