Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Blogger is Bugging Me and Google Needs to Fix It. Now!

I got up early this morning and having nothing better to do I read several blogs. I read Eat, Pray...Hate? at Girls Write Out, the gist of which is that people don't like the "truth" of some people's stories, even going so far as to criticize Eat, Pray, Love because the woman left her husband. To that post, I wrote a response saying that it is natural for readers to feel hurt when someone hurts someone they like. In this case, the writer of Eat, Pray, Love hurt her husband, who appears to have wanted the marriage to work, whatever his failing might have been. I said that readers will feel the story is unresolved if the person doesn't admit wrong doing and apologize to not only the other person but the reader. Of course, the character can get comeuppance and that works too (sometimes even better).

But what got me is that I included a link to For the Love of a Devil and to a couple of Bible verses because I felt that For the Love of a Devil was relavant to what I had to say and I wanted to talk about how the Bible says that God hates divorce[1] and that Jesus only allowed the cause of fornication as a justifiable reason for divorce [2]. I sent my comment on its way and I thought it took, but I went back later and it wasn't there. I suspect it got caught in the spam filter, but how would I know? It is possible that someone will approve the comment for posting later, if that is the case, but I simply don't know if I should repost or not (not that I really want to write that post again). For all I know Kristen Billerbeck or Colleen Coble or one of the others has a problem with me saying what I did. But what I really think happened is that it got caught in the span filter because of the links. We used to be able to put links in comments with no problem at all. And if we aren't allowed to continue that, that is a real problem. The veins of the Internet are links. If we can't post links, the Internet will die. And if Blogger automatically removes comments with links in them, it is going to be very hard for us to carry on a conversation. So, there's the problem. Now, Google, have your overpaid engineers go fix it.

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