NOTE: if you don't want to read all of the process, and are only interested in the conclusion, scroll down to the conclusion at the bottom of the post.
Yeah, nothing serious though...but you will get this message if you go to her blog:
Blog has been removed
Sorry, the blog at ramyasbookshelf.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs.
I emailed Ramya after several people contacted me about her blog being gone when they went to check it and this is what she said:
hey bethany!well, blogger classified my blog as "spam blog" and has blocked it temporarily.. they just wanted a confirmation from me to make sure it is not spam.. i have no idea why they did that!it should be back in action either today or by tomorrow..will keep you updated!:)Ramya.
So I went to find out about these spam blogs, and blogger has an algorithm it uses to see if someone's blog is a spam blog. Here is what blogger had to say for itself anyway:
Why is my blog disabled?
If your blog is disabled, it will be listed on your Dashboard, but you will not be able to click on it to access it. If this is the case, there will be a grace period during which you can request that it be reviewed and recovered. The disabling is a result of our automated classification system marking it as spam. Because this system is automated there will necessarily be some false positives, though we're continually working on improving our algorithms to avoid these. If your blog is not a spam blog, then it was one of the false positives, and we apologize.
What are spam blogs?
As with many powerful tools, blogging services can be both used and abused. The ease of creating and updating webpages with Blogger has made it particularly prone to a form of behavior known as link spamming. Blogs engaged in this behavior are called spam blogs, and can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.
Spam blogs cause various problems, beyond simply wasting a few seconds of your time when you happen to come across one. They can clog up search engines, making it difficult to find real content on the subjects that interest you. They may scrape content from other sites on the web, using other people's writing to make it look as though they have useful information of their own. And if an automated system is creating spam posts at an extremely high rate, it can impact the speed and quality of the service for other, legitimate users.
Why am I posting this super-long thing about this. Well, because I was contacted several times with "what happened to Ramya?", and then I got worried it was because she got rid of comment verification (my fault). I was worried that my movement (haha!) "Kill Word Verification" was hurting my fellow bloggers. But now I see that that had nothing to do with it, and I feel a tad bit better (since she will be back today or tomorrow). I am therefore sad that Ramya's blog was classified a spam blog, but relieved to see that it was not due to her getting spam comments from disabling word verification (what I originally thought) but it meant that they were curious about her links.