September 30, 2004
Anything I can do about that?
-Robert the Llama Butcher
First, let's make sure it is turned on for your blog.
Go to http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-blacklist.cgi If you’re not already logged in, you’ll be asked for your blog's username and password. Enter it. You’ll be brought to a screen as shown below. Click on the box labelled Configure.
This is the next screen you’ll see. You want to make sure that there is a checkmark in both the Comments and Trackbacks boxes. (you'll likely only see the title of your own blog, not the several that you see in this screenshot.) Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Configuration.
Once you’ve done that, your blog is ready to take advantage of Blacklist’s automatic protection capabilities.
The majority of spam should get blocked before it reaches you, but if you find that your blog has received a number of spam comments (if it’s just 1 or 2, it’s just as easy to go into your admin page and delete them from there), you’re going to want to get into the Blacklist again, either by using the address you used earlier, or by clicking the De-spam link at the bottom of one of the comment notification emails you received. When you get to the Blacklist page, you’re going to click on the De-Spam button, which will take you to the page shown below. (If you got to the page via the link at the bottom of an email, you'll be taken directly to the De-spam page.)
Here, you can set the number of recent comments to check. I usually ask it to go through the last 2500, to be sure. It’s also worth asking it to check the last 15,000 or so the first time you do this - and only the first time, as it really stresses the server - in case you’ve got old spam comments hiding from a long time ago. (We're talking about the last n comments on all of MuNu, so that's why the search number needs to be so high). Once your number's entered, click Search.
If it finds any comments which it has been taught are spam, it will list them on the page, and give you the option of un-checking any that you actually want to keep (a good security feature). Once you’ve decided which to delete, tell Blacklist to get rid of them, and it will also rebuild the entries that need it.
If you have a whack of spam, but the Blacklist doesn’t find it, and you’re not thoroughly familiar with how to create new entries in the Blacklist, you can just wait a couple hours, and come back and try again. It’s entirely possible that in the meantime, an experienced user will have encountered it as well, and will have created entries that will let Blacklist find & clean yours. (Pixy is famous for doing this incredibly well) I’ve got some ideas for how to increase the likelihood of that happening, but that’s for another post.
So there are the the basic steps in the arcane art of the Blacklist. If anything's unclear, be sure to ask.
Blacklist is a piece of code, or ‘plug-in’ that is installed into the core of Moveable Type to help block comment spam. Because it’s installed into the core of MT (not on individual blogs), its settings affect every blog at MuNu. And therein lies its greatest strength and its greatest weakness.
If a spam comment is received by one of us, and an appropriate entry made into the Blacklist as a result, any further attempts to add similar comments to any other MuNu blog will be automatically blocked. That’s good.
It also means that if a spammer dumps a huge amount of junk on us at once, before we have time to alert Blacklist to the problem, we can still retroactively add an appropriate entry to the Blacklist, then tell Blacklist to go back and look at all the last 1000 (or however many) comments, and automatically delete any that it finds that match the new criteria we just added, so we don’t have to delete them all by hand. That’s also good. more...
Liquid Web kindly helped me make my decision by hiking up their prices twice in the past month. The Liquid Web server ended up at $350 setup and $339 per month, compared to the Server Matrix server at $199 setup and $219 per month. The Liquid Web server was nicer in some ways, but not $120 a month worth of nicer.
So, stats of the new server:
Dual Xeon 2.4GHz with HyperThreading™I'll be setting up MT 3.11 and EE 1.1 on the new server rather than on the existing one, because that way I can play around without having to worry about breaking anything.
1GB ECC memory (ECC = extra crunchy)
2 x 200GB disks (mirrored)
1500GB bandwidth per month
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
CPanel & Fantastico
Urchin web analyser thingy
Although they specify 2.4GHz processors, that's really a minimum, and if we're lucky we'll get 2.8's instead. Also, they have HyperThreading™ so it looks like a quad-processor machine instead of just a dual-processor machine. In reality, it's only 10% or 20% faster, but every bit counts.
Now I get to play with my new toy for a while before I start moving people across. :D
Oh, and I think I've solved the problem with future bandwidth growth: The secret is reverse proxies.
Update: The folks at Server Matrix just called. They're setting up our server now. :D
September 29, 2004
First off, I am sick and bloody tired of comment spambots, and I want to close all posts older than 2 weeks. I can't keep deleting 300 comments a morning. It's whipping me. Does anyone know of a code (and where to put the code) to automatically do that?
Also, a pc question-I just replaced the fan in my pc, and now it shuts itself down (not just on standby, but actually closed down). Any ideas on how/where to change this on the settings, so that it will stop doing this?
I'm still looking for a bigger, faster, shinier server, but for now at least I don't have to rush into it.
September 28, 2004
Anyone know what’s up with that?
September 26, 2004
So I'm currently looking at a server with another company, and we may end up moving house next weekend.
I'll keep you posted.
I've had a few lately, whereas I seem to be able to post comments with any old swear words I want in my own blog. And I've also been able to post other people's comments for them even though they keep getting the error!
Any ideas? Much appreciated :).
September 25, 2004
That's about it.
September 24, 2004
We've gone from less than 10GB per day to around 40GB. Which is rather more than I'd bargained for. Hope Liquidweb gets back to me soon, or I'm toast.
September 23, 2004
Sometimes on the main page (and on the other pages) the first post present doesn't "word wrap" properly (or at all). All the other posts do, though. Then, if a link within the body of the post is visible you can just drag your mouse over it and the post pops into place with proper word wrapping and display and everything. It's fine after that.
I have to believe (both out of vanity and out of how it works) that this is not a problem in my CSS coding but is instead something going on with the browsers (because it displays well after the link is rolled over).
The other weird thing is that the page I stole the basic layout from doesn't have this problem at all. Is there something I can do, or should I just live with it?
pixymisa.com, which I've had hosted elsewhere for years, has expired. I've poked the folks responsible with a stick, but in the meantime you can always reach me at andrew -at- pixymisa -dot- net.
i turned it into a contest. There is a prize, if anyone's interested.
September 22, 2004
Except that it seems that they had already mistakenly put me on the 800GB plan without charging me for it.
VISITSBandwidth consumption, which had started to slow down, has now shot through the roof. I'm going to contact my hosting company and see if I can move to a higher plan without moving servers. I mean, well done guys, but so far today we've had more traffic than we did in the whole of March.
Average Per Day 3,655
Average Visit Length 1:14
Last Hour 2,331
This Week 25,588
September 21, 2004
Heh. So anyway, I have to write a research paper, and I need 7 sources. Only 1 can be a website.
My topic is:
Does a* government have the right to limit what people say on their blogs?Now since its apparent that my main source of information is cut off from me, I've found a way around it. But it requires the help of bloggers. I can interview people to get the information I need. Idealy I would most like to talk to the bloggers in other countries, though my offer is extended to all. (I'll give ya links if you help... even though I'm not blogging-eh). So if you could email me at mookie_riffic @ yahoo dot com or leave a comment with your email, I'd really appreciate it.
*as in any government, including and not excluding the U.S. but I think the US is pretty clear on it.. ya know, the whole first admendment thing
UPDATE: I changed my topic to
Blogs are destroying corporate media's hold on the public
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