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November 26, 2004


I would be grateful if someone could tell me how to rename or move my mt-comments.cgi file so as to make it moderately more difficult for the spambots to find it. I am also looking to hire someone to upgrade my blog to MT3. Advice would be most welcome.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 26, 2004 08:08 AM

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I must say though, that I still find myself reaching for MT Blacklist about 4 or 5 times a day. Could be because I followed the instructions quite literally and renamed my comment file to "qwerty" as suggested in the instructions. Maybe they look for that name, too...I dunno.

Can't help with MT3. My next move may be a shift to Wordpress, but that's a big move I don't have the energy for.

Posted by: Solomon at November 26, 2004 10:41 AM

Hi..have you considered moving to Expression Engine? Yes, there's some money involved, but it will really help you with your comment issues.

I could upgrade you to MT3, but I have to admit, I can't install the Blacklist for that version. It just gives me goofy errors.

Wordpress is even worse with the comment issues, so I don't recommend that.

E-mail me if you'd like to discuss this further.

Posted by: Funkalicious at November 26, 2004 01:42 PM

Thanks guys. This is going to take some thought. I think Typekey gets around the comment problem for MT3. Now off to check out Expression Engine...

Posted by: Flea at November 26, 2004 02:02 PM

Oh, one thing I'm going to look into for the comment thing is this "Turing Code" business I notice Andunie and Stephen Pollard (among others, I'm sure) use. That's where it requires you to put in the code shown in a graphic in order to post. No registration or outside services that way.

I haven't even begun to look into it, so I have no idea how difficult it is to install. I'm thinking it can't be that easy or more people would do it.

Posted by: Solomon at November 26, 2004 03:18 PM

The easiest thang is to close comments on old posts -- say, those 30 days old or so.

Most of your spam probably posts to posts much ol;der than a month, so if y'just close comments then that should eliminate most, if not all, of the spamage.

There is a way to close old comments threads automagically, but I suggest asking Madfish Willie for help on that. (He's at Madfish Willie's. Look around for his e-mail addy. I don't have it handy, sorry, but he's a generous guy -- trust me! -- and I'm pretty sure he knows a way you can program to close old threads. Tell 'im Tuning Spork sent ya!?

Posted by: Tuning Spork at November 26, 2004 08:55 PM


I've upgraded my own blog from MT 2.64 to 3.0D, with only slight bumps along the way. Provided that your hosting server is unix-based I'd be happy to give you a hand.

Of course, someone like Sekimori could do it in her sleep. I'm an amateur; she's a pro.

Posted by: Anthony Perez-Miller at November 29, 2004 02:09 AM

The MT3 upgrade offer is most tempting...

Posted by: Flea at November 29, 2004 09:45 PM