Nobody (except Google) knows if Google really has a sandbox, but the speculation is that new sites are on probation when first created and that unusual behavior (lots and lots of posts springing up immediately) can keep them there longer. The supposed purpose is to keep low quality and spam sites from affecting Google's index.
Well, if there is a sandbox jail, apparently it has a big hole in it or Google's own Blogspot bloggers have a "get out of jail free" card. Spammers from Blogspot created a "splogstorm" that ended up with some indexing sites dropping all Blogspot blogs entirely.
Google should do better than that, I think. It should have been easy to see the activity that created these blogs and realize it was suspicious. Obviously Google has no such controls in place now, though it did delete a ton of junk and says it will be adding controls. I sure hope so.
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