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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

On Second Thought, Maybe Don’t Resume Normal Dialog

I’ve had it. Comment spammers suck. I place them squarely in the same box as the Taliban. Wiping my butt with you people after a nasty bout with diarrhea would be too good for you. Jerks.

And leave it to the makers of Movable Type to have never provided a way (that I can see anyway—someone please correct me if I’m wrong) to simply close comments in all entries so that the previous ones remain. I was going to simply remove the comment script, but I’m guessing the next rebuild would zap all prior legit comments since the script could not be found.

So, it probably won’t be tonight or tomorrow due to evening obligations, but either Thursday evening or Friday afternoon, I’m diving headfirst into the shark-infested waters of upgrading MT so I can enable moderation. If stuff breaks, stuff breaks. I no longer care. I’ll fix it as soon as I can. Obviously, my message to you is that if stuff looks like crap come this weekend, chances are I already know about it.

Update: okay, good compromise that may or may not delay my MT upgrade. There’s a plugin that automatically closes comments for entries based on criteria I specify. For now, that means entries older than 7 days. If you want to comment on an older entry—well, sorry. Blame the spammers. Naturally, I’ll remove this plugin when I do upgrade and set up moderation and required registration. (Which reminds me—you may want to go ahead and set yourself up a TypeKey profile.)

» Posted by ALBj at 09:28 AM (ET)
Category: Housekeeping, Rant


Wordpress will automatically moderate comments with too many links in it (I think the threshold is 2). Can MT do that (or is that why you’re upgrading)?

» Posted by Tanner Lovelace
March 28, 2006 11:55 AM

Besides the fact that I don’t want to convert to WordPress (uhg), the spam has never had more than 2-3 URLs in it. But Movable Type does have a new spam-fighting engine built in. Moreover, I fully plan on enabling manual moderation *and* registration (including TypeKey).

» Posted by Lee Bennett
March 28, 2006 12:06 PM

Sorry, due to comment spam abuse, new comments on this entry are closed until I find time to upgrade Movable Type and enable registration and moderation.