28 May 2022

Letter

Letter to Sundar Pichai - chief executive officer
 of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google
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Mr Sundar Pichai
Google Headquarters
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View,
CA 94043
USA

28 May 2022

Dear Mr Pichai,

I am writing to you on behalf on many thousands of Blogger users. Recently we have been irritated by issues surrounding comments when attempting to leave them on other people's blogs.

Frequently, comments end up in the "spam" folder or disappear altogether. As you can imagine, this is most frustrating.

Of course no blogger wants to see any "spam" in what many of us refer to as the blogosphere but why designate legitimate friendly comments from known correspondents as "spam"? This just not make sense. Perhaps it is all just a technical glitch

I have read all about you in Wikipedia and I have seen photographs of you too. You look like a nice, friendly chap - the kind of fellow who recognises that it makes good business sense to keep Google clients and users happy.

We recognise that you are a busy man with lots of  important decisions and phone calls to make but we hope and expect you will make time to personally sort out the matter I have described above.

If you need extra information or assistance with regard to "spam" comments, I will be most happy to assist.

Yours sincerely,
 
Yorkshire Pudding (Mr)

(Union of Transcontinental Bloggers)

24 comments:

  1. We're unionized now? When did this happen? Are there union dues? So many questions.

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    1. How on earth did you slip through the net? Union dues of fifty Canadian dollars a year should be sent to me at Transcontinental House, Sheffield. Only paper money is accepted.

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  2. I raised my clinch fist while reading your letter.

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    1. The bloggers united will never be defeated!

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  3. Nothing like going to the top to get things done.

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    1. Why talk to the braves when you can talk to the chief?

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  4. It probably went into his spam folder.

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    1. Then I shall have to visit Google HQ to speak to him personally.

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  5. I think that everyone has just become totally bored with reading my blog posts so stopped commenting. Of course that couldn't possibly the case with your blog Mr P. I hope you can help them to fix it.

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    1. Open your spam folder at the top of your comments page and the blocked comments will gush forth like a flood.

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  6. Well said YP, but I wonder if he will take note?

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    1. I bet I could beat him at arm wrestling in order to make him listen.

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  7. Thank you for writing the letter. I cannot see why Blogger can't distinguish regular commenters from new commenters at the very least. You reminded me to make the second check of my spam folder for the day, and sure enough, one legitimate comment there from a long time blog mate.

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    1. If you and I were in charge of Blogger it would run like clockwork.

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  8. All this apparently constant need for improvement and optimising… Most of us could well do without, I guess. We‘re glad to have finally sussed out how some feature or other works, only to find it changed soon afterwards.
    Fortunately, I have not had problems leaving comments.

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    1. Sometimes I see the comment I have just written and then half an hour later it has disappeared. I have the feeling that a lot of Blogger issues are caused by a drive to make it all more smartphone friendly.

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  9. Thank you. I am disappointed when I type a comment and there it is, then later it is gone.

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  10. I hadn't realised there was a problem, but having done, as you suggested to JayCee, I have no spam comments at all.

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  11. "You don't get me I'm part of the union". The Strawbs.

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  12. Well, I nominate you for the official position as President of the Union of Transcontinental Bloggers.
    Get after 'em!

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  13. Amen, Neil! I've been so frustrated with Blogger lately. Leaving comments has been a real pain and half the time they end up under "anonymous" instead of my name. If I can leave them at all. I'm not sure there's a better alternative, though.

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  14. I'm kind of wondering what I have been doing 'right' (?) as, like Meike, I've not had this problem either. (As far as I've noticed. Remains to be seen what happens when I click Publish...)

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  15. Oops. Seems I was immediately punished for claiming it hadn't happened to me - yet. (Giving it another go just to check.)

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  16. I do feel like we're dealing with a ridiculous number of technical issues lately, from glitchy comments to problems uploading pictures and formatting posts. I realize we're using a free service, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I would even be willing to pay (a reasonable, i.e. low, amount) for a more stable blogging platform.

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Mr Pudding welcomes all genuine comments - even those with which he disagrees. However, puerile or abusive comments from anonymous contributors will continue to be given the short shrift they deserve. Any spam comments that get through Google/Blogger defences will also be quickly deleted.

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