Blogger: bookmarklet - flag Blogspot splogs hiding navbar or flagFriday, March 24, 2006
[Updated 25 March 2006:]
Previously I posted about the Magical Sheep Firefox/Greasemonkey Blogspot Navbar Restorer script to get the Blogger navbar back so you could flag a spam blog (or "splog") hosted on Blogger's free Blogspot.com if it had cunningly hidden the navbar or flag, or made it non-clickable. Apart from being a nuisance to the rest of us, spam blogs hosted on Blogspot are in violation of Blogger's terms of service or TOS, which prohibits the use of Blogspot blogs for spamming, so Blogger will delete Blogspot splogs if they know about them.
Limitations of the Magical Sheep Blogspot Navbar Restorer scriptNow that script only works if you are surfing using Firefox and Greasemonkey (though they're free, and Firefox beats Internet Explorer hands down in most cases), and of course you have to install the script.
It also only addresses certain methods of concealing the navbar or flag.
What if you're surfing using IE and come across a splog on Blogspot? Or what if the splog uses some sneaky method to delete or hide the navbar/flag which hasn't been picked up by the script?
Kirk and I have been discussing this, and it's impossible to anticipate all the ways to conceal or disable the Blogger navbar or flag that spammers could come up with (so please do let us know if you come across any that the script doesn't work for).
But - whatever method the spammers use - hopefully they won't be able to hide their blog ID.
The complementary solution: Magical Sheep Flag Blog bookmarkletSo, here's how to flag splogs that the Blogspot Navbar Restorer script can't reach - we've produced a free Magical Sheep "Flag blog" bookmarklet which you can save to your Favorites or drag to your Bookmarks Toolbar (more info and instructions on how to use bookmarklets) - quick and easy to do.
How to use the Magical Sheep Flag Blog faveletAfter you've saved the bookmarklet, when you are viewing (via the browser you've saved the bookmarklet to) a Blogspot splog that you want to flag, just click the favelet link in your Favorites or Bookmarks, and it will automatically pick up the blog's ID and fill it in for you in the popup. Just hit OK to send a flag report to Blogger.
If for any reason it can't find the blog ID automatically, the popup line for the ID will be empty - just view source for that splog (menu View, Source in IE; View, Page source in Firefox), look for the blog ID by searching in the source for the text "blogID" without the quotes - it'll be the number after "blogID=" - and copy that blog's blog ID number. Then, in the popup just paste the blog ID number you just copied, and Roberta's your auntie!
You don't even have to have saved this bookmarklet to use it - if you prefer, just bookmark my Improbulus favelets page link. Then whenever you want to flag a Blogspot splog, find its blog ID via view source and note it or copy it, go to my bookmarklets page, click the "Flag blog"link on that page, fill in the popup with the blog ID you've noted and hit OK.
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