October 02, 2005

I know, I know...

...I've not been posting regularly. This is partially due to lack of interest; my project at work is taking almost all of my energy at the moment, and this is likely to continue for some time. Plus, I'm teaching myself to play the piano--the fruits of which are certainly worth a blog entry or two--plus I've been doing lots of reading, but haven't had the energy to write much about it.

So much for excuses.

But frankly, one of the reasons I've not been posting much is that I'm about fed up with Movable Type and blog spammers in about equal proportions.

In Movable Type 3.x, the MT folks added the TypeKey commenter authentication system. I was drowning in comment spam, so I implemented it. It did for the comment spam perfectly well, but it dramatically reduced the number of comments I got. Then, a few weeks ago, my server was getting hammered so hard by spammers trying (and failing) to post comments that my web hosting service disabled the comments script. I didn't say anything at the time, as it seemed like a short term thing; but it has gone on and on, and finally yesterday I simply disabled comments altogether. Existing comments have been preserved, but there will be no new ones.

In the meantime, Trackback spam is greatly on the increase. I'm getting hundreds of Trackback spams every day. I gather that MT 3.2 has some tools to help with that, and I really ought to install it. At the same time, I gather that MT 3.2 doesn't have what I really want--a way to disable trackbacks altogether. There's an "allow trackbacks" flag on every single post, and the only way to change them is one-at-a-time, by hand. Would it kill them to provide a better mechanism? Would it kill them to provide a safety valve: automatically close trackbacks on all posts older than X days? Or on demand, close trackbacks on posts from this date to that?

And how come I'm so darned popular with these blasted spammers? Other folks don't seem to have to disable their comments mechanism just because of the mass of foiled spam attempts.


Posted by Will Duquette at October 2, 2005 08:44 AM