October 23, 2004

Closing The Old Doors?

I understand that it's possible to put script into the server that will close comments on old posts, but it would have to be done Munu wide. I don't know about anyone else, but I have had to close all my old posts, and in fact, even have to keep them closed from up to the past 7 days-I get hit by spam comments constantly, sometimes to the tune of 300 a day.

I now notice that old Munu posts are getting them, so I have been closing my old posts on Munuviana.

Please-can we please consider as a group, the function of closing old posts?


Posted by Everydaystranger at October 23, 2004 05:54 PM

In the past we were discussing two weeks, which I absolutely think would be a good idea. I might be agreeable to one week, though this could require a little thought.

But could we implement the two week rule right away and see if it helps?

Posted by Attila Girl at October 23, 2004 06:44 PM

I agree. I wouldn't mind closing commments older than two weeks. I don't know about 1 week since I sometimes have legit comments after that period. But two weeks, that would work for me.

Posted by Rachel Ann at October 23, 2004 09:09 PM

I've deleted over a thousand spams from munu in the past two days.

Y'know, I think this might be a good idea. ;)

Posted by Pixy Misa at October 24, 2004 12:17 AM

Pixy: Here are some links to some stuff from the MT Support Forum

David Raynes

php Script


Last One

Posted by Madfish Willie at October 24, 2004 02:33 AM

I lied... One more

Posted by Madfish Willie at October 24, 2004 02:34 AM


Please rename the comments script?! It's such a quick, simple first step with no negative ramifications and the potential to make an instant difference.

As far as closing comments after a period of time, by far the most elegant solution I've been able to find is Mt-Close2

It allows per blog settings so individuals can select what interval works best for them, allows closing of trackbacks as well as comments, gives a great deal of control over which posts are closed, has built-in capability for re-opening comments, and allows for the use of automatically inserted text to inform the reader that comments have been closed, and how to use an alternative method if they still wish to comment.

Given the variety of users at muNu, I really think a solution which allows for individual choice of settings would be very beneficial.

I've been in touch with the author, and he indicates it will work with MuNu's multiblog setup, and with our mySql backend.

Whatever solution is implemented, it must include some way of making clear to commenters that the comments have been closed before they begin writing their comment. I've come across a number of situations where I've written the whole comment & posted it, only to then finally get an error saying comments have been closed. Not satisfactory.

Posted by Light & Dark at October 24, 2004 05:44 AM

Paul, I'm happy to rename the comments script, but it does require everyone to rebuild their blog for it to take effect.

So what I've done is made a copy under a new name, and once everyone has rebuilt, I can remove the old one. I'll start with Munuviana and Ambient Irony so I can gauge the effectiveness.

Posted by Pixy Misa at October 24, 2004 02:20 PM

Test of new comments script...

Posted by Pixy Misa at October 24, 2004 02:20 PM

Well, at least it works ;)

Posted by Pixy Misa at October 24, 2004 02:20 PM

One big problem with MT-Close2: It gives everyone access to every blog. Only to close/open comments, but still...

Posted by Pixy Misa at October 24, 2004 02:40 PM

Well crap. I knew there was bound to be fly in that ointment somewhere.

** Cranium smokin' to try to come up with a workaround.**


Posted by Light & Dark at October 25, 2004 01:40 AM
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