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May 24, 2006

Comments Problems Update

[Bumped and revised]

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

If you tried to post comments the last few days you noticed that your comment does not immediately appear. It might appear minutes or even hours later.


All comments are being put into a "holding tank" to await a decision by a Blowhard as to whether or not each comment is publishable.

So if we are off eating, sleeping, commuting, working at our day jobs, etc., the comments just sit there. We are sorry about this because it takes a lot of fun out of the blog.

The problem is that we are receiving dozens and dozens of spam comments daily and want to keep this blog clean.

We are looking for software that requires readers to copy a numeric code phrase before commenting can be done. This creates a slight inconvenience, but is better than the present conditions, we think.

So please bear with us until we can make commenting a more normal activity for you.

I'll remove this post once the situation is resolved.



posted by Donald at May 24, 2006


The system you seek is referred to as a CAPTCHA system, and the acronym stands for "completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart." In actuality, it's a reverse-Turing test ("Prove to me you are human.") Here's the Wikipedia link:

I thought MT had a CAPTCHA plug in?

Posted by: Don McArthur on May 24, 2006 10:06 PM

Two words, WordPress. Comes with a spam bashing plug-in, and there are many more where that came from. A good tech guy can get it installed real quick, then add and tweak whatever plug-ins you want added. And it's real easy to add contributors if you wish.

Completely dynamic BTW. Cuts down on memory used and eliminates the need to rebuild pages.

Hope this helps.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg on May 24, 2006 10:40 PM

I wanted to make a joke post about HOT ASIAN TEENZ, but you'd probably block it now, wouldn't you?

Posted by: J. Goard on May 25, 2006 2:47 AM

We're getting hundreds of commentspams a day, actually. Thanks to all for tips.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 25, 2006 10:15 AM

Doesn't MT 3.x have anti-spam captcha functionality built in?

BTW, I agree about the superiority of WordPress. The main drawback to switching is that you have to rewrite your MT templates. That's why I haven't made the change yet. However, AFAIK importing your archived content to WP is easy, and redoing the templates is at worst a matter of hiring someone who knows how to do it.

Posted by: Jonathan on May 25, 2006 11:43 AM

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