August 30, 2006


Had a little drive failure thingy going on there.

Should be fixed now. And we'll be moving to new servers next week and leaving the old and poopy servers behind, so that will be good.

Update: If your site has gone screwy, just click on the Rebuild Site option in Movable Type, and select Rebuild Indexes Only.

That should fix it.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:10 PM | Comments (13) | TrackBack

August 29, 2006

Blogger bowl 2006

Hello All,

It's that time of year again! I have set up another league for the annual Blogger Fantasy Football tournament. There are as of right now three signed up to play, and 10 spots overall. That means the first seven are in so sign up asap!

Visit this link or go here and join by using the following info:

ID# is 584932
Password: gotime

Good luck!

Posted by Nick Queen at 12:35 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

August 21, 2006

Oops 2

Slight server bloopage there, but we're back online again.

Greg redeemed himself by alerting me to the outage. Thanks Greg. :)

Posted by Pixy Misa at 02:08 AM | Comments (12) | TrackBack

August 19, 2006

Old Image from Old Site

When I click on my comments section, over on the sidebar is an old bitmap that was on my old dotcom site. The url listed for that one is: When I go to the "archives" for the old site (which really no longer exists, it was via an old host I get a "bandwidth exceeded" message... interesting in that there is no more site to exceed!

I've looked at all the templates I currently have to see if I can dig out the missing picture and replace it with the one I have on my main page but I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Does anyone know how to get rid of a bitmap that doesn't seem to reside anywhere? LOL, I know it really is somewhere, I just don't know how to find it. Suggestions welcome... and thanks if you can tell me how to do it....

Posted by GM Roper at 04:56 PM | Comments (3)

August 18, 2006

Shameless Self Promotional Blegging

Multi-talented blogger seeking supplemental income is willing to trade design skills for cold hard cash - or some electronic equivalent! Because I wouldn't expect anyone to buy design services sight unseen, wander over to this site to take a look at my resume and portfolio.

No job is too small, no budget too large.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 11:07 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack


Sorry about the hiccupage there. Just making a few database enhancements, and Movable Type didn't like a couple of them.

Fixed now.

Posted by Trixie Misa at 03:07 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

August 17, 2006

2996 (update and bump)

update: With about three weeks to go, they still need some 1,000 more bloggers to reach the target. If you already have, thank you. If you haven't, go see what this is all about.

2996 is a project to have bloggers post a tribute to each person killed on 9/11. With just over a month to go, they need many more bloggers to sign up and help out.

Check that link and consider pitching in. Spread the word too.

Posted by Ted at 09:48 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

August 16, 2006


Spent a few hours today whacking the comment system over the head with a large hammer.

The result will - I hope - be less spam. It will certainly help me to track how the spam is getting in. We've got three comment systems running now; two copies of Movable Type, and Minx. I know it's not Minx that's the main problem, so what I need to find out is which of the two copies of MT is having problems - or if there's something else that I've forgotten.

Anyway, any posts more than about a month old have now had comments closed, very very forcibly. There's nothing worse than looking up an old post to find twenty screenfuls of porn spam attached to it.

I still have to clean up the existing mess, but I've started on that, and I'm going to add some comment management tools to Minx that will also work on your MT comments.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 11:56 AM | Comments (17) | TrackBack

August 15, 2006

Of possible interest

Recently at Rocket Jones, I've been asked to review a couple of new podcasts, done in the style of old-time radio serials.

Check out the reviews and follow the links to the shows.

Silent Universe (SciFi)

Second Shift (Fantasy/Adventure)

Fun stuff.

Posted by Ted at 10:22 AM | Comments (6)

August 14, 2006

In Hiding

Okay, I've been noticing this today: my posts before Friday, Aug. 11 aren't showing up on my blog. When I go to look at my page, there's nothing there past last Friday!

Is it me? MuNu issues?

I just want to make sure I haven't fooked around and messed something up.

Posted by Groovyvic at 11:21 PM | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Ban Someone!

Trey Givens has a fresh batch of IPs from Comment Spammers:

He also has a category on his blog called "banned" in case anyone is interested in blocking more comment spammers and/or obnoxious peeps.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at 05:25 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

My Blog Is Dead!

I've posted a new post, but it won't display. (The RSS feed has the new post, though.) Another, and perhaps related, problem is that I can't seem to reset my password on CPanel. When I go to the new site on Collosus I just get a time out. When I attempt to reset my password on the old CPanel I just get a new message to reset on Collosus.

Posted by Demosophist at 04:50 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

August 13, 2006


Off Topic and not related to MU.NU stuff necessarily, but many of you know that I have been fighting lung cancer, and many of you don't. OK Guys and gals, beloved friends and casual acquaintences. I just got the CT scan results and
other medical jargon but the bottom line is that I've
won the battle and am on to winning the war against
this damned disease. And though it is not necessarily germain to this blog, it is in fact one of the reasons I was proposed for membership in this great group and am oh so very proud to be a munuvian.

Many of you have offered prayers and support and I'm very, very greatful.

Thanks, from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by GM Roper at 04:58 PM | Comments (11) | TrackBack

August 12, 2006

CPanel and FTP

I have an audio file I'd like to upload to my site, but the username and password I use for CPanel is, apparently, not the same as the CPanel username and password I need to use for FTP.

Can you help, Pixy or Jim? I'd like to upload the file but FTP won't let me/


Posted by Everydaystranger at 09:10 AM | Comments (2)

August 11, 2006

IP Log

If I wanted the maximum information about a comment posted to the blog, what do I do. I can run the IP address, of course. Do we have any logs that can be used to view more information?

Posted by Steve Janke at 01:16 PM | Comments (6) | TrackBack

August 10, 2006

Today's Comment Outage

Brought to you by Greg of Rhymes with Right.

(Glares at Greg. Grrr.)


Posted by Pixy Misa at 03:43 AM | Comments (16)

August 09, 2006


VW over at One Happy Dog Speaks tried to post a comment on my blog and got the following:

Invalid [] range "s-1" in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/|||
at extlib/jayallen/ line 3098.

GRRRR. The growling is from me. Help! (Twas not I in the MT Blacklist...)

Posted by Boudicca at 02:21 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Possible Minx Feature

Apparently this doesn't exist in Movable Type, but it would probably be useful to the sysadmin to be able to broadcast a message to all blogs simultaneously.

Maybe it could be saved as a draft post to each blog so it'll be seen when the blogger logs on or as an actual visible post that the blogger will have to physically delete, thereby garaunteeing that the person saw it.

Munuviana was supposed to serve this function, but obviously many Munuvians don't visit. Posting blacklist instructions here again and again doesn't help if the folks who need 'em never see 'em.

Posted by Ted at 01:21 PM | Comments (10)


Comment issue:

An error occurred:

Invalid [] range "s-1" in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/||
|0sesso|||0sfon at extlib/jayallen/ line 3098.

Posted by Harvey at 12:12 PM | Comments (7)


Horde hasn't worked for me for some time (which picked up, I used to have which I always used via Outlook. Nowadays, I've got and I'd like to go back to or can this be done without Horde? If so, how can I go about setting it up?

Posted by GM Roper at 11:28 AM | Comments (4)

Not fixed yet. Good Luck on it.

Sorry, but it's not done yet. I just tried to test under this comment:

Fixed now.


and got this:

Invalid [] range "y-f" in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/||||

I so love online credit card spammers. They're my all-time favorite.

Glad I'm not the only one broken. Good luck on the repairs Pix.

Posted by aakaakaak at 07:26 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Blog Mail

Is anyone else experiencing problems with their blog mail?

I'm not talking about a complete failure to work - it's more like.....some messages aren't getting through.

Am I going technically crazy or am I the only one 'seeing things'....?

(I'd contact Pixy about this......but I tried and cannot be sure the message got through to him.)

UPDATE: Okay, it's official: I am no longer getting any mail. I sent a test message from my home e-mail and it was returned.

Is anyone else having problems with their mail?

UPDATE II: Anyone there?? Hello? Am I talking to myself?!?!

Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:59 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

August 08, 2006

That Old Feeling

I'm having a problem with comments similar to the one that Harvey reported the day before yesterday. Mine says this:

Invalid [] range "y-f" in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/|||||||||||||||||0adult|| 0casino|||0hentai| 0manga||0sesso|||0sfon at extlib/jayallen/ line 3098.

(I added breaks, of course.)

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at 01:50 AM | Comments (2)

Comment proglem in Munuviana posts

I attempted to post a comment in the Minx Comments post. However, I seem to be MT Blacklisted. I'll post my question below, but any help with the other problem would be appreciated.

Umm, huh? Do I change my Main Index or the Master Archive Index? And I save them as a different name? My current file names are index.html and archive.html. I do NOT see an index.php.

Ehh, I created a brand spanking new template, file named page.entry containing the code above(CSS replaced with my own). Will that work?

Confused in Virginia.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:34 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

August 07, 2006

RSS Woes

Somebody broke our RSS feed. Personally, I blame the Llamas. Or the Joos. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Anyway, does any one know how to tweak an RSS feed so that:

a) it works
b) it's the full Monty (not just excerpts, but full)


Posted by Rusty at 10:10 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

CPanel Woes

It's not a big deal, but I finally got around to logging on to CPanel, and when I tried to use the File Manager I got the following error message:

[a fatal error or timeout occurred while processing this directive]

And I also got the following message under my trashcan:

Unable to change directory to /kei/home/demphist/.trash! You do not seem to have access permissions! (System Error: Permission denied)

When Jim first set up my account he gave me a plethora of usernames and urls, all of which looked sort of similar to those I generally use, but with slight variations. He eventually set up my blog url to the right spelling, but left my CPanel login name as one of the variants. That's OK, and I'm used to using it now, but I wonder if these misspellings are at the root of the File Manager error problem, somehow?

Posted by Demosophist at 03:12 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

August 06, 2006

Comment Error

Got this when trying to leave a comment at Drunken Wisdom:

An error occurred:

Invalid [] range "l-b" in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/||||
|| at extlib/jayallen/ line 3098.

Posted by Harvey at 07:05 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

August 04, 2006

File Manager?

I asked on the comments of a previous post, but where exactly is this "file manager" in the MT interface where I can view -- and manage -- my blog's files? Sorry if I seem obtuse but I really don't where this function is, but have seen others talk about using it.

Posted by Rhodey at 01:55 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

August 03, 2006

Deleted post still accessible?

At the request of the subject of one of our posts, we recently deleted a post from our blog database. But, while the post doesn't now appear in our Movable Type interface, nor in the monthly and category archives, it is still viewable by any sites that had directly linked to it, or by manually typing its direct URL.

The post in question is here:

Is there a server cache that still may have the post in it or something? The person really wants this post deleted completely (and we don't have a problem doing so) so what needs to be done?


Posted by Rhodey at 09:03 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

File Manager

OK, maybe I haven't been paying attention but when did File Manager under CPanel stop working? I noticed that my favicon.ico file is under instead of the root directory, and figured I should make it available in the root since that is where convention says it should be. I got to file manager, and I get an error related to not having permissions. Weird.

Posted by Steve Janke at 03:25 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Yet Another

Script kiddie at the Jawa Report.

Posted by Vinnie at 12:36 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack

August 02, 2006

Sudden Parse Error?

I keep getting this error, preventing my site from loading:

Parse error: parse error, unexpected '<' in /home/ace/public_html/skins/1/3c-body.php on line 46

I haven't changed the template. I was wondering if anyone else got it too, and how it should be fixed.

I checked that line of my template, and looked to make sure brackets occurred in pairs, but that's the limit of my source-warrior skills.

Seems okay to me.

Posted by Ace at 10:45 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Minx Comments - Everyone Wins Except The Spammers

Here's a quick rundown on how to create your own Minx-based comments pages.

First, you need to change your comments links from, well, whatever they are now, to:

<a href="<$MTEntryID$>">Comments</a>
Or something similar. is a link that works for any given entry to bring up that entry and its comments.

Well, it shouldn't work on unpublished entries. Let me check that...

Hmm. Well, that's not quite right. You can't see the post, but it gives you a comment form. I'll fix that.



Anyway, the template looks like this:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<title>[posts][post.title][/posts] </title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" type="text/css" />
<script language="JavaScript" src=""></script>


<div id="container">
<div id="center">
<div class="content">


<p class="posted">
Posted by: [post.authorlink] at
<a href="[post.url]">[post.time]</a>
[include commentform]



<div style="clear: both;"> </div>


Got all that?


Okay, let's take it a bit at a time.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
This tells the browser that the page is to be interpreted as XHTML. Whether it is valid XHTML or not depends on the template, but if you don't put this line in some funny things happen with the current stylesheet.
<title>[posts][post.title][/posts] </title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" type="text/css" />
<script language="JavaScript" src=""></script>
The HTML head section.

The title line just puts the title of the post as the title on the browser window.
The next two lines pull in the CSS (stylesheet) - replace this with your own CSS; and the standard show/hide comments thingy.

Which this page doesn't actually use, so we might as well remove it.



<div id="container">
<div id="center">
<div class="content">

The start of the body of the page. The DIVs depend on your stylesheet; you should be able to get an idea of what to put here by looking at your existing comments page.
The start of the posts block. Post-related tags are only guaranteed to work inside a posts block.
Display the title, nice and big.
Display the post body, then a paragraph break, then the extended post (if there is any). If there isn't an extended post, your page should still look nice and tidy.
<p class="posted">
Posted by: [post.authorlink] at
<a href="[post.url]">[post.time]</a>
Show that "Posted by" line.
A line that says "Comments" in nice big letters.
Put the comments here. (Hey, this stuff is easy!)
[include commentform]
Include the comment form.
Don't forget to close whatever you opened!
You only really need this if you are going for paged comments, which don't work right now anyway.
Show performance statistics. You don't really need this at all... But it's cute.

<div style="clear: both;"> </div>


And close everything else. Yay!

Easy, huh? All you need to do is save this as a new index template called page.entry... And wait for me to fix things so that Minx looks for the page.entry template instead of the mxEntry template. And viola!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:36 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack

A Vote Against Spam

I think I can stop spam dead by turning off the Movable Type comments and replacing them with the Minx comment system.

Two drawbacks:

1. Minx doesn't rebuild your blog, so the comment count won't update. This will get fixed soon; it already tracks which pages need to be rebuilt, it just doesn't actually do it.
2. Minx doesn't send you notification emails.

Oh, and:

3. Minx comments by default don't look like your blog. They look like, well this, for example. But you can edit the templates and change it to use your existing stylesheet.

Give me a day or two to tidy things up and post some instructions, and we should be able to kick this spam addiction for good.

The problem is, everyone needs to make the switch so that I can completely switch off MT comments completely, because MT comments leak (at least on our ancient version).

I should be able to do something to globally switch everyone over, which just leaves you to set up your own custom comment-page templates (which I can help with).

What do you think?

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:23 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

August 01, 2006


For whatever reason, I'm getting comment spam on something I posted way back in December. Please feel free to delete it.

I don't know why that particular post is getting spammed, but I guess it's happening to a lot of us.

Posted by Groovyvic at 11:28 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

The Summer Of Spam

Got no less than 380 spam comments between 7/28 and 7/31. I was away for the weekend and when I got back...egads!

For the time being I'm just shutting down comments on my site. I can't deal with it right now. Looking forward to Minx. Will keep an eye out to see how it's coming along.

Posted by Gary at 11:20 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Spam Attack

I have been getting slaughtered with spam attacks lately.

Today I have 55 spam comments to delete.

Is there a way to delete all 55 at once using the MY Blacklist, or do I have to keep doing them one by one?????

Any help, please e-mail me at kotgd AT yahoo DOT com.


Posted by Old Cloots at 01:40 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack