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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Now serving spam, I'm very sorry to say.

Oh the joys of having a blog! In the last day and a half, my spam blacklist intercepted 80 attempted spam comments, but 38 more got through. I've cleared them away, but I'm quite sure there will be more very soon. This is barely a week after my host changed the name of the comments script to try to evade an earlier infestation. Friends, I am slowly exploring what it will take to relaunch this site using Movable Type 3.2, because the version I'm using now is two years out of date and no longer comes with adequate ways to keep the spam out. So please forgive me if I can't keep up for the next, oh, couple of weeks and you stumble across off-topic ads for habits I don't encourage you to indulge. If the Latest Comments shown on the front page get clogged up with spam, you can always burrow a little deeper and see the last 75 comments on the Archives page.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 23 May 2006 at 10:11 PM

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May 23, 2006 11:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

Might be a good time to give WordPress a look. There are three complementary spam plugins, so most folks don't run into trouble. Plus, it's free.

Tijl Kindt:

May 24, 2006 02:45 AM | Permalink for this comment

WordPress might indeed be a good thing to try out. The SpamKarma 2 plugin absolutely rocks. Of the 4296 spams I got by now, it let go 2 as far as I remember.

But whatever you use... Keep up the nice blog (which I read from time to time with my feedreader)!

Greetings from the Netherlands,
Tijl Kindt

Scott Wells:

May 24, 2006 08:32 AM | Permalink for this comment

A broken record here. Definately WordPress. I've been intercepting several hundred pieces of spam a day for the last week.


May 25, 2006 07:47 AM | Permalink for this comment

The spam storm seems to be over for now. Whew!

As for the recommendations to switch to Word Press, I installed it many months ago and imported my MT data into it and kicked its tires, but decided that I really don't like the interface and don't have the time to learn how to redesign its templates and stylesheets. I do like way its dynamic pages allow for all kinds of cool features.

So I've also signed up for Movable Type's developer's license (free), which means I don't have to learn a new interface. I plan -- eventually -- to move the site over into MT 3.2, take advantage of its greatly expanded antispam features, and implement dynamic pages. But I remain so busy I have no idea when this will happen.

I also realize that I am now the only UU blogger still working with Movable Type. I'm marching to a different drummer!

Scott Wells:

May 25, 2006 09:45 AM | Permalink for this comment

Was that after the 2.0 version of WordPress came out?

Steve Caldwell:

May 25, 2006 10:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

Philocrites wrote:
"I also realize that I am now the only UU blogger still working with Movable Type."

Several of us are using Blogger for personal blogs.

And I'm currently using Movable Type 3.2 as a content management system for our congregation's web site because it was provided for free by our web hosting company:

Universalist National Memorial Church is using Movable Type 2.64 for their content management system:

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