Monday, November 22, 2004
How's the spam war going?
In the latest 24-hour period here at Philocrites Enterprises, we have recorded 217 separate comment-spam incidents. All but 30 or so were blocked right away by the ever-vigilant MT-Blacklist program. The others I caught in three separate waves and banned manually. The spam rate was so intense early this morning that my host company shut down all scripts for a while (which I learned while trying to comment unsuccessfully on my own site).
One thing this means for you, dear reader, is that the growing Blacklist database — with its 2,492 miscreants — is slowing down the site's speed. When you try to comment, you may notice a considerable delay between the time you click "Post" and the time the screen refreshes with your comment published for all the world to see. Please be patient. I may explore some new technologies for the site during my Christmas break, but I don't really have the patience for learning a whole new system. I have changed one thing, however: From now on, clicking "Comments" won't open a pop-up window; you'll be taken to the individual entry page where you can make your comment. (I understand this can help discourage the spam robots.) Thanks for your patience — and your thoughtful comments!
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 22 November 2004 at 7:27 PM