Back from the dead

A massive spam comment attack brought down my server last week and I’ve been unable to post for four days. Thanks to Stacy’s help at Sekimori I’m now back but not fully recovered (at least not emotionally). At one point, all my comments vanished and I thought they were gone forever. That was a very unhappy moment for me, as the comment threads are my favorite part of this blog. Stacy helped me recover the comments and upgrade to the newest version of MT complete with a very powerful version of MT Blacklist, and I think it may actually solve the spam nightmare for good. My only complaint is that MT’s interface shows up strangely with Firefox (though at least it now has operating HTML buttons for blockquoting, links and type formatting). So I may have to use IE for posting, distasteful as that is. Now I’ve got to get out of my siege mentality of the past week and back into blogger mentality. What a nightmare.

The Discussion: 14 Comments

I was getting worried too Richard. You have been VERY RESPECTFUL of me. I KNOW a lot of people say I’m from OUTTER SPACE, but you GAVE me the 1st real opportunity to REALLY, REALLY, LEGALLY Express myself in the OJ SIMPSON case on the INTERNET, and DID NOT EDIT MY SAYINGS.

Thanks again Richard,

Mario G. Nitrini 111

December 5, 2004 @ 3:07 pm | Comment

Have you tried Haloscan? They don’t go through the search engines, so there is never a problem.

December 5, 2004 @ 4:56 pm | Comment

At this point, I think I’ve found a solution. If this doesn’t work, I’ll consider haloscan.

December 5, 2004 @ 5:17 pm | Comment

I found that the MT 3.1 interface would load strangely the first few times in Firefox, but holding down shift and pressing the reload button seemed to cure it. I think that the browser probably had the previous version’s stylesheeet in its cache. It looks fine to me now on Firefox on Windows and Linux.

December 5, 2004 @ 7:09 pm | Comment

have you tried ecto as a blog app. means you don’t have to go through the mt interface, alot quicker to post and much easier to customise things. (not meanng to sound like i’m trying to sell, but i just started using it recently and it’s like experiencing the first joy of blogging all over again)


December 5, 2004 @ 8:48 pm | Comment

Frances, I’m too deeply invested in MT at this point to consider switching – especially now that things seem to be manageable again.

Dave, that’s exactly what happened, which is why I struck through the copy about the Firefox problem. I just pressed Ctrl-F5 and it was fine. It sure is great to have those HTML buttons again.

December 5, 2004 @ 8:55 pm | Comment

Ooops, Richard, didn’t see your strikeout. I’m reading it in Lynx today, and didn’t notice the del:s before and after your text.

December 5, 2004 @ 10:43 pm | Comment

rit’s not a switch, it’s just a desktop app that you use to blog to mt through instead of doing your blogging through a browser, other than that it’s still mt, just alot easier to use.


December 6, 2004 @ 4:10 am | Comment

Amnesty International has released a report about human rights activists detained by the Chinese government.

December 6, 2004 @ 3:23 pm | Comment

I think all comments spammers should be deported immediately. To North Korea.

December 7, 2004 @ 12:31 am | Comment

Richard I tried to post on the OJ site twice, couldn’t get through.

Mario G. Nitrini 111

December 7, 2004 @ 8:27 pm | Comment

Mario, go take a look — it has been posted. With my new spam system, any comments to old posts will need to be approved by me, so they won’t show up for a few hours. Sorry, but it’s the only way I can run this site without going crazy.

December 7, 2004 @ 9:05 pm | Comment

Thanks Richard,

I saw them. All 3. Sorry about that. I didn’t KNOW.

Mario G. Nitrini 111

December 7, 2004 @ 9:56 pm | Comment

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April 3, 2005 @ 10:59 am | Comment

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