September 30, 2005


I was just going through the logfiles, and I found that our trackback spam watchdog has blocked over 80,000 trackbacks... This week.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 02:43 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Mass closing of Comments

Hi all, I don't post here often, but I check in now and then to see new issues.

I was wondering if there was a way to do a mass closing of comments after a certain date in MT?

Thanks, oh and btw Pixy you rock :)


Posted by Oorgo at 12:35 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

September 29, 2005


Fantastico seems to have disappeared - something to do with the new versions of Fantastico and CPanel not liking each other - so until I get a chance to intervene you won't be able to play in that particular sandbox.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 05:59 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

How to Demonstrate Blogging To The Unaware

Here's a question for all of the Munuvians who know more about how all of this works than I do. (And I wager that's a fairly high number.)

Is it possible, for purposes of a presentation, to run a blog locally on your own system so that it is not accessible over the internet? Is there a blogging package that can do this fairly easily and really really really cheaply?

And now for the real kick in the pants - is there one that will do all of this on a MAC?

My original plan was to just dummy the thing up in Keynote (Apple's alternative to PowerPoint) but if it could be more real, that would be more better.

UPDATE: I found a shareware program called iBlog (mac programmers are clever namers) it might sort of work but it doesn't have a comment feature.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 04:33 AM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

September 28, 2005

comment spam

Over the last few days I have had close to 100 comment spam comments. i delete them and add the IP to my ban list. What else can I do?

Posted by Oddybobo at 11:19 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

XML index

I want to create an XML index for my blog. The problem is that since the contents of the posts (and comments) are to appear as values of XML elements, they have to be entity-encoded. In particular "<" has to appear as "&lt;" and ">" has to appear as "&gt;". Is there a way that I can get MT to do that?

Right now I am using a kluge which you can see here, in which I use "$|" for "<" and "|$" for ">", then I make the four substitutions by hand (<, >, $|, |$, go to &lt;, &gt;, <, >, respectively, and in that order).

If I can't make MT do what I want, can I write a PHP script that will do this transformation for me on the server (so the url will give me what I want)?

If so, how do I do it?

If not, got any other ideas?

Posted by David Boxenhorn at 02:18 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

September 27, 2005

Update to my Bleg

So it turns out Dell thinks it's the motherboard... but I have a couple more questions and a few more details posted here.

Thanks to those of you who dropped by to help!

Posted by caltechgirl at 05:57 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack


I'm having the same problem I had a month ago (here), only this time it's coupled with an inability to be able to look at my public_html folder in cPanel. Instead it tells me "Internal Error, can't find that folder". Last time a permissions reset solved it so I'm thinking it will again, but I'm curious why this happens...

Posted by Daniel at 12:39 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

For you computer heads out there

Pop over to my blog for a summary of what happened to my hubby's laptop. It's far beyond my skill or diagnostic capability....

Any comments or suggestions on what the hell happened would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Posted by caltechgirl at 08:30 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Banning using keywords?

I know I can ban using IP's, but someone recently advised me that I can also ban using keywords. Is that possible with this version (2.64) of MT? Spam is overwhelming me, and banning IP's doesn't do it as they magically generate or hop around.

Posted by Rae at 04:15 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Putting it together

Does anyone have a recommendation of a web programming guru? I don't need a web designer, but I do need someone who can help tidy up some bits and pieces at my site.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Simon at 03:24 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

September 26, 2005

Movable Type 3?

Hi all,

Just curious if we will ever get a chance to move it on up, to the big time. If so can I have a piece of that pie?

English: What is status on Movable Type 3 exodus?

Please kind Pixy! Happy B-day, btw, missed that!

Posted by Nick Queen at 04:24 AM | Comments (10) | TrackBack

September 25, 2005

WTF with the comment filter?

I tried to post a comment on my own blog this AM and I got the following nastygram: "Comment could not be posted because of questionable content:a"

Ok, I'm paraphrasing the response, but since when is the letter A offensive? This isn't Nathaniel Hawthorne's Puritan New England and I'm not Hester Prynne.....

Also, there weren't any single "a"'s in the comment. I didn't use it as an article.

Posted by caltechgirl at 07:20 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

September 23, 2005

Disabling Trackbacks

Since the automatic trackback disable didn't work, I tried to do it manually. But the "Allow Pings" checkbox is not checked!

What do I do now?

Posted by David Boxenhorn at 03:09 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 21, 2005

Domain names

I've decided that I want to be a, "Grown up" blogger and get my own domain name sorted (which would feed into).

Any suggestions/recomendations on domain name providers, dos and don'ts etc?

Posted by Tris at 08:40 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

MT is Editing My Posts.

Pixy knows about this, so I suspect there's little to be done (because Pixy can fix everything), but basically my blog refuses to post anything over 8-10 lines.

So I'm writing what tends to look like blog haiku. But it's been about a week, and my frustration is starting to build.

Please help before I turn back to being a serial killer.

Posted by Attila at 03:36 AM | Comments (12) | TrackBack

September 20, 2005

Spucking Fammers

Trackbacks are turned off temporarily.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 08:16 PM | Comments (9) | TrackBack

September 19, 2005

Does Everyone Know What Time It Is?

Time to wish His Awesomeness, Lord of the Munuvians, the Great and Powerful Pixy Misa

Happy Birthday!

We love you, Dear Pixy! (You finally turned into a teenager this year, didn't you?)

Posted by Susie at 11:47 PM | Comments (21) | TrackBack

September 18, 2005

Using w.blogger

I am trying to pull my content from Blog-City to Mu.Nu. I figured out how to get w.blogger to pull down my entries from Blog-City. If I could set it up to post to my blog, then I would be in business. Can I do that? It is asking for an api url in the configuration. Or the API server with servername, page and port.

For the api endpoint I have tried the following with no luck:

Any ideas?

Posted by ProcheinAmy at 09:00 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 16, 2005

Blogsnot anti-censorship tip?

I don't know if anyone is still keeping up with this thread...but...

If you enclose the -body- tag with -noembed- and -/noembed- with "-" being "< and >", it will get rid of the toolbar....thus denying anyone the opportunity to censor "report" your blog content... just a tip.

Posted by Kyer at 06:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack


I and my readers have had several problems with my blog. Repeatedly comments, trackbacks and uploads do not work. Individuals who have left comments before are unable to sometimes and even today when attempting to get the t/b url I was told 'forbidden-404'. With uploads I often receive a 'bad gateway' error message. Everything in the template is correct and all of the weblong configurations are as well.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


Posted by Stacy at 06:28 PM | Comments (8) | TrackBack

September 14, 2005

Calling All Macintosh Munuveteers!

Zendo Deb is having a little problem with a post on the Cotillion, but only with people using Safari. My Mac has been in the closet since I moved house, so could any of our Mac users help out?

I have a post on the Cotillion at

It is a copy (nearly exact) of a post on my personal blog at TFS Magnum

I am told that the images are not showing up in Safari on the site, but are showing up on the other site.

Everything is constructed using standard html anchor and image tags, with the align= prarameter specified.

Does anyone else with Safari see this and does anyone have an explanation?

Thanks everyone!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 02:02 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

September 13, 2005

Deleting Trackbacks

Is there a quick way to pull up the trackbacks to my blog and delete the disgusting ones? I've gotten some really gross kiddie-pr0n TBs in the last day or so ("preteen bikinis" and "pedophilia erotic stories" are self-evidently ones that should be deleted).


Posted by JohnL at 02:42 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Qumana blog text editor

Does anyone use the Qumana blog editor? I thought I'd give it a try, but when I go to configure the publisher it asks for "Host" and "Endpoint" -- and I don't know what to put there for Munuvia. This is the only direction I get from the Qumana User's Guide (scroll down to "Blog Settings" for potentially useful information). It obviously assumes a higher level of expertise than I have.

Thoughts, ideas?

Posted by USAdave at 01:58 PM | Comments (9) | TrackBack

September 10, 2005

Just One More Reason i'm Glad To Be A Munuvian

Blogger has instituted a quasi-censorship program.

When a person visiting a blog clicks the "Flag?" button in the Blogger Navbar, it means they believe the content of the blog may be potentially offensive or illegal. We track the number of times a blog has been flagged as objectionable and use this information to determine what action is needed. This feature allows the blogging community as a whole to identify content they deem objectionable.
This disturbing development is totally separate from their policy regarding spam blogs. This is much more big brotherish.

Blogger excuses this quasi-censorship by referring to the "Wisdom of Crowds" concept. That's complete bullshit. They might have an argument if they gave readers the option to designate a blog as "unobjectionable." But even that would be problematic, because it's always more likely that a offended person would be motivated to click on a flag than someone who's not offended by content. You're going to see a situation where hypersensitive people or those with intolerant political viewpoints will have a kind of "hecklers veto" on blog content.

This is a bad idea, and totally goes against what i thought was Blogger's most important asset, the total freedom it gave to its users.

Posted by annika at 07:46 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

September 07, 2005

Pinging Problems

I thought I set up Trackback properly but I'm getting this following error when I try to Ping:
One or more errors occurred when sending update or TrackBack pings. Check the Activity Log for the error.

Anyone know what the problem might be?

Posted by Gary at 12:53 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

another damn trackback issue

ok, why is it that I can tb any post BUT a munu? I have a post with links outside munu and 2 munu links, the others went thru.... (sorry Rusty and Harv)

any ideas? Pixy?

Posted by caltechgirl at 12:37 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 06, 2005 back on Google News

Good news! After months of begging, Google News finally made The Jawa Report a Google News contributor again. You'll recall they yanked the site because of hate speech, whatever that meant.

Eh, so what, you say?

Due to a technical glitch at Google News, any post that is either linked at The Jawa or any trackback sent to my site by a domain is also listed at Google News. Shhhhh.

Don't expect a ton of traffic, but a little traffic is better than none. So, if you think you have a post that's 'newsie', just send us a trackback and wait for the flood trickle of traffic provided by this unbias source of information.

UPDATE: In the spirit of let's screw those Leftist bastards at Google News I've linked five blogs at today's Festival of the Fatwas. All other munuvians are invited to send a trackback.

Posted by Rusty at 11:47 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 05, 2005

Calling Any More Clever Code Person Than I!

OK, so even though I am a looooooong way away from New Orleans, I do still love the place and want to help. I've donated to a people charity, and now I've donated to a non-people charity. On the non-people charity, the ASPCA, they have a page to create a "donate" button (the ASPCA is way ahead of its time, really).

I want to link this picture:


And have it clickable so that it goes to this page:

Only I am completely useless at code, and so have pasted the pic on my side with a clickable link beneath it. Is there a Code God that can provide me with the exact code I could paste on my site so that a person just has to click on the sidebar pic to go directly to the web donation page?

I would be most grateful.

So would Fido, I'm sure.

Thanks :)

Posted by Everydaystranger at 07:28 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 04, 2005

Having theme music. Possible?

Is there a way to have an mp3 play automagically whenever my blog is visited? I've looked at the useful thingies list and don't see any info on this.

I found an mp3 of the opening theme to the movie Zandalee. Ever since I saw it on HBO, over ten years ago, I've wanted this music. I'm listening to again right now. It's very dixieland jazz New Orleansy 3-minute-long masterpiece and I'd lve to have this play on my blog. Can it be done?

Posted by Tuning Spork at 10:14 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

September 03, 2005

Deleting Comments?

I just moved from Blogger where you could delete a comment on a post. There doesn't seem to be that option on MT. Am I missing something?

Posted by Gary at 02:25 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 02, 2005

The Mu-roll

I went through the blogs that have been set up recently and found a couple that weren't on the Munu blogroll. Those are in now.

If there are any blogs that should be on the roll but aren't, please let me know.


Posted by Jim at 05:50 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Planned Outrage: Saturday 3rd September

Yes, kids, it's that time of the week again. Due to the failure of last week's outage (the replacement disk didn't work), we will be having another run at it this weekend.

Same time as before: 5AM CST Saturday. It's about the quietest time for munu, so hopefully no-one will even notice.

Unless things go wrong... Which never happens.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 12:51 AM | Comments (7) | TrackBack