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Still Tweaking

We’re still tweaking the setup of the new Movable Type software. If it takes a while to accept your comments, it’s because we need to filter through the horde or comment spam which the new software has to be trained to reject.

At the moment, I’m a little disillusioned with Movable Type version 3.2. With the previous version, we had MT-Blacklist exactly how we wanted it. Now, with the SpamLookup filter that’s built in, we need to retrain. Grrrr! Maybe I need to import the MT-Blacklist entries into the SpamLookup config? Will that slow site publishing?

Another thing I need to do is pore over the Six Apart Guide to Comment Spam. I know that the next best thing to do is obfuscate our CGI file names. I tried this quick fix earlier with no immediate success, but backed off until later as it was getting late. Time to retry very soon.

Other alternatives are Commenter Authentication (via TypeKey or something similar) and Capthcas (where you type some random code to allow comment submission). Does anyone have preference for or against any of these? (See the Six Apart Guide to Comment Spam for Pros and Cons.)

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6 Comments on Still Tweaking

  1. OK, I’ve obfuscated the comments and trackback CGI files, even though spammers already have software to get the new name. We’ll see…it worked decently with the old MT software.

    While I was mucking with the muckable, I fixed the preview template (which was broken – no images and cookie issues) and the search results page (also broken – we neglected to provide the alternate template we had configured…D’oh!).

  2. I found the new spam junking worked quite well for me, but maybe I have less volume? Very few comments get through now (and I think the good ones get published!?).

    I’m personally not averse to typing in captchas.

  3. Maybe. In the time you commented until now, we’ver had 11 mor spams- 6 of them blocked, 5 of them got through. I just updated the old MT-blacklist entries into the Spam Lookup filter config. Hopefully that will help.

  4. I think we all agreed, previously, that the captchas concept is not an issue; it was the implementation at the time. So, yeah, I’m good with typing in some code for to post.

  5. Please, no captchas. The most annoying system devised yet.

  6. Ooh, they also have audio captchas. May I suggest the following phrases:

    1. Spammers must die!

    2. Spammers, die! die! die!

    3. Deep fried Spammers

    4. Did I mentioned how much I hate spammers?

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