Ok, so I had an email from Blogger to say that they had deleted one of my posts because:
' Your post entitled 'Just finished, currently reading, new books' was flagged to us for review. We have
determined that it violates our guidelines and deleted the post.'
' Your content has violated our malware and viruses policy. Please follow
the community guidelines link in this email to learn more.'
As you can imagine panic ensued because they then said this:
' We encourage you to review the full content of your blog posts to make
sure that they are in line with our standards as additional violations
could result in the termination of your blog.'
Anyway, they had indeed deleted a post that I posted on the 4th. March, entitled, 'Just finished, currently reading, new books'. It had several book reviews, including Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, and a photo of new books and nice comments and discussion and it's just gone. And, stupidly, I feel like I've lost an arm.
First of all I thought I should change my Google password (although I only did that recently) but then I thought it best to Google, 'Malware attached to blog posts' first, and I found this:
And saw the bit at the bottom regarding spam comments. I headed over to check the comments to that post which are still there and 'lightbulb moment', sitting there was a spam comment I had not deleted. I deleted it of course, but too late, the post has disappeared into the ether.
So my question is this, has this happened to any of you with a Blogspot blog? Does anyone happen to know if this is all that's required to stop my blog being deleted... to make sure I delete any spam comments that might have suspicious links? (I usually do but that one escaped my notice.)
And also... this is to warn anyone who is not aware that this sort of thing can happen. I'm borderline traumatised... an over reaction I know. But I've had my bookblog since 2007 and the idea that all that work could just disappear without my say so is freaking me out quite frankly.
Any ideas or comments on this very welcome.
UPDATE: Message from Blogspot, they have apparently reevaluated the offending post and reinstated it. I think I should've stayed in bed this morning...