I just updated my original entry with a link to the freshly-recorded screencast of this splog problem. The folder was clear when I went to bed last night, FWIW. Why should we ask the tag vendors to clean up Google's mess?! Google has more money than anybody on the planet – combined. Stop the problem at its root, not at the tips of its branches. I am not the only one who thinks so, either. Please forgive the craptacular audio quality of this recording; my sound card is dying.
In the past few days, I've been inundated with an enormous amount of subscribed search spam for designated keywords. To the tune of hundreds, if not THOUSANDS, of bunk entries. Who knew “lockergnome” and “pirillo” would be THAT popular?! Still, I can't help but think that others are having the same headaches – and 99% of the crap coming in is directly from a single domain: blogspot.com.
Google, it may have been a smart acquisition in the beginning, but y'all need to clean house in a big way. You're the tallest nail, and you're really getting pounded – and now others, who aren't even using your service, are getting pounded. Blogspot has become nothing but a crapfarm, and your brand is going to go down with it. If your motto truly is to do no evil, then you need to start putting some resources behind an effort to curb this train wreck.
I don't know what's (specifically) making it so insanely easy for these spammers to get signed into your system, but you need to change that – ASAP. Forget about developing another Web-based aggregator for now (sorry, Shellen – Blogspot needs more help at this point). I'd love to ban / filter anything and everything that comes from blogspot.com, but the problem is that I have quite a few friends on that service who are sitting in the 1% “legitimate” minority.
Suggestion, Google? As bold as this might sound, you should institute an authentication system – a captcha of sorts – for every single post that gets sent through your Blogger service. This means that there's no more easy rides for the idiots out there who are killing your baby and the blogosphere. The user logs in, enters their post, then has to jump through a captcha hoop – much like commenters have to do on Blogger.com these days. It's a simple suggestion, and one that you really, really, really, REALLY oughta consider. You were willing to go the ref=”nofollow” route, why stop there?
Copy the captcha to the publishing system, Google – let's just see what happens? Please, for the love of all that is holy, STOP MAKING IT SO INCREDIBLY EASY FOR THE SPAMMERS TO EXPLOIT. If you don't want to try anymore, then just get rid of Blogger altogether.
In other words: kill IT before they kill YOU.
UPDATE: Even though my sound card is dying, I managed to record a screencast of the splog problem as I woke up to it this morning. It's bad. Real bad. Really, really bad (not just the audio, but the entire splog situation). This isn't Technorati's, PubSub's, Feedster's, or anybody's fault but Google's – wholly.