January 30, 2004


Earlier this evening some !@#$%&* dumped 220 pieces of comment spam onto my weblog. Well, the same piece of spam, from the same IP, but at 220 different blog entries. I had to delete them all by hand.

Okay, it's time to finally install MT-Blacklist. I've put it off because MT plugins make me nervous: I'm afraid I will do something wrong and mess things up completely. And for the past few months, my comment spam has been more or less manageable: just the odd piece every few days that I have been able to quickly delete. But 220 is not manageable. And 220 makes me feel downright cranky.


Posted by Invisible Adjunct at January 30, 2004 11:04 PM

Apart from opening up a website to say rude things about the products I have another suggestion. Go to http://www.muninn.net/blog/

He's installed a device that means you have to type in the number you see on the screen before you write a comment. I'm sure he'll tell you more about it if you ask.

Posted by: Duckling at January 31, 2004 05:07 AM

I've had good success with blacklist since I got it installed right. It's a ridiculously easy installation, but be sure to set the permissions right on the files, or it won't run.

That said, my comment spam has dropped dramatically since I set it up.

Posted by: bryan at January 31, 2004 09:35 AM

Well, I've failed miserably at my first attempt to install mt-blacklist. Apparently I installed in the wrong directories. But I've read the documentation, and can't figure out where I went wrong.

These plugins are beyond me.

Posted by: Invisible Adjunct at January 31, 2004 10:37 AM

IA, It's no comfort, but HNN recently got 1000 spams in one day and my recent e-mail suggests many of the most remarkable improvements to my own condition. Your post made me think that IA may be transblogrifying into Cranky Professor. Professor, si; Cranky, no.

Posted by: Ralph E. Luker at January 31, 2004 03:58 PM

1000 in one day!? Okay, Ralph, you win.

Posted by: Invisible Adjunct at January 31, 2004 09:15 PM

I recommend you check out this entry at Burningbird. It's long, but anyone using MT probably needs to read it since the spammers and crapflooders are far outpacing SixApart's dev schedule.

Posted by: MisterBS at February 1, 2004 01:50 AM

Welcome to the club. Just last night I deleted the last of the hundreds left on LH in the first week of January; it's such a tedious job I could only delete a month's worth at a time. But the blacklist (installed immediately after the onslaught) has worked fine. (Knock wood.)

Posted by: language hat at February 2, 2004 03:40 PM