Sunday, May 16, 2010

Recover blog deleted as splog, TOS violation


Blogger is really going all out to delete blogs which are splogs (spam blogs) and those not confirming to their Blogger Terms of Service which unfortunately is resulting in many false positive (blogs deleted which are not splogs). I was a victim too when one of my environmental blog - Aerator - an environmental blog was deleted for supposed "TOS violation" which it is not. It is an environmental blog with an original innovation Method to increase efficiency of wastewater aerator

If yours too had been wrongly deleted, follow the steps below which I used to get my blog restored:

How to enable comments for pages


"I have created new pages and would like people to be able to leave comments"

To enable comments, go to Dashboard, click EDIT POSTS, then EDIT PAGES and you will see the pages you have added to your blog:

Blogger Edit Pages in Dashboard

Click EDIT for the page which you want to enable comments, then at the bottom left corner of the resulting "page editor", click POST OPTIONS and in the options under READERS COMMENTS:

Blogge POST OPTIONS for READERS COMMENTS

tick (.) Allow to allow readers comments, then click PUBLISH.

Update: Blogger seems to have blocked comments for static pages. I have tested allowing comments for some page and found that what many commentators complained about - that it immediately revert to not allow is true. In fact on previous pages where I have allowed comments and the Dashboard showed that there comments, however, on loading the page, the comments are nowhere to be found.

Note: Blogger is aware of the problem and is working on it. See Blogger Help Forum

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tool - Cover live events with blog

Here is another very useful tool for blogger which will enable you to conveniently cover a live event such as a sport event, court trial proceedings, elections, disasters etc. This can be done either in person, invited panelists, Twitter accounts, XML feeds, readers comments so you have lots of choices for its content. That tool is CoverItLive.com which can either be a free tool with ads or a paid for tool.

To see an example, surf over to Anil Netto: Live - Polling day for Sibu by-election. Apparently, one can select either chronological order (newest events first) like in the above or reversed chronological order (oldest events first) like this post which covers the same event - Bintulu.org: LIVE Sibu By-Election On Polling Day. And if you want to compare how different bloggers can cover the same event, see also Lina Soo: Sibu by-election live coverage (same event but content different among others, due to different feed).

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