November 27, 2007

Pandora Problems

Maggie’s blogger account is not letting her log in, and when she asked it to send her back her password, it told her it was sending her information to an email address at a domain she didn’t recognize (, in Slovenia). It could be a Blogger bug, or it could be that someone has hacked into her account.

Either way, Maggie is no longer in control of Pandora’s Tea Room. I’ll post more about this as we know more. She’s contacted Blogger to try to get help, but I am not sure what help they might provide.

UPDATE: She has access back. She hasn’t been contacted by Blogger, so I’m assuming it was either a bug, or someone on Blogger’s end flipped a switch and made it recognize her email address again.

It was weird. She knew her password, but it kept telling her that it didn’t recognize her email. And there were a bunch of “password requested” notifications for her other blogs.

Posted by James at November 27, 2007 10:04 PM
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Occasionally (rarely) Yahoo and/or Google will seem to forget who I am. I come back later in a few hours and it remembers me.

I also have a recurring problem with Blogger because it used to require a simple Blogger user name (like say "chickenbutt") and then it started requiring a Google login (like say ""). Now it seems to accept both, only, not always. Which wreaks havoc with my semi-conflicting "remember me" settings within Blogger and Gmail.

Long story short, this isn't terribly unusual. Just really frustrating.

Posted by: Julie at November 28, 2007 10:12 AM

Well, I did panic, because I have blogs for my classes where I post materials we'll use in class. The idea that one of those blogs could be taken over for porn was very frightening (it happened to somebody we know). I went on a password-changing frenzy after I got everything back.

Every once in a while it decides it doesn't know me, and I have to log in again. When I logged in (new blogger account with email address), it told me the email address didn't exist. Logging in with the old blogger address didn't work either, it told me it didn't recognize the password (I tried the password that went with the old blogger account name and the password that went with the new name). Finally I told it I had forgotten my password (for the new account login where it said I had a nonexistent email address), thinking maybe I could just start fresh, and that's when it told me it was mailing instructions to my email address at the domain in Slovenia. That's when I got scared that somebody had hacked my account. I wrote to customer support. A while later I tried again, and got stuff mailed to my email account/login. I don't know what happened.

Posted by: Maggie at November 28, 2007 10:57 AM

Yeah, this definitely wasn't the usual confusion of old vs. new. I've had that before, too, with my old Aces Full site on Blogger. I actually lost it for a while because I had no way to merge that old identity with my identity (as Julie mentions above.)

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, I looked aroung on Google to see if they had a way of combining identities so that I could recover that blog and I even saw a list of Google services where combining was possible, but it excluded Blogger. I figured Aces Full on Blogger was a loss.

But last night, Maggie found an option to reclaim lost blogs. As long as you still have access to whatever your old email address was, it'll send a special URL that will combine old accounts into your new gmail identity. I was able to use this and now have access to the old Aces Full (not that I use it) and Thing of Ugly again.

Posted by: James at November 28, 2007 11:15 AM

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