Damn Spam

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What’s with all of the trackback spam lately?  That picture to the left there is the count for the last 20 hours or so since my last post.  Add 600 trackbacks that I’ve already deleted as well as the 303 comment spams from the other page and you get 2,886 of those little annoying buggers.  All caught by TypePad AntiSpam of course but then you have to go through and double check them.  At least I hope folks do that like I do.  Would hate to see something get caught by accident.

edit: OK, I found one issue that I fixed.  MT Auto Ban was not configured correctly.  That’s now been fixed and hopefully will be dropping bad IP addresses into the correct block list. (Just in the five minutes I’ve been looking at the plugin, I received 147 more trackbacks that got flagged as spam.) Maybe that’ll give me some breathing room.

Surviving A Slashdotting With a Celeron 466

A few days ago, two of my posts here about mediamax/ thelinkup got listed over at Techcrunch.  I’m happy to say MovableType took the extra traffic without issue.  Had about an extra three thousand visitors each day for a couple of days. (Played havoc with my Google Adsense numbers though. )

Anyway I was looking for an excuse to post about one man’s experience about surviving a Slashdotting with an older computer.

I would make a comment about how it’s a pity that he had to go find a plugin to deal with the extra traffic while my site took it fine without issue but that would probably just generate some more posts out of the wordpress camp that cloud issues and are so far from the truth, it’s actually funny.

How to fix “403 Throttled” errors for trackback pings in Movable Type

For a while now, I’ve been having problems with getting trackbacks sent out of this blog. (Mostly to WordPress blogs using Akismet I’ve noticed but that’s besides the point.) 

I did note a number of times I received a “403 Throttled” error within my activity logs.  A quick google search pulls up this article on Richard Green‘s site on How to fix “403 Throttled” errors for trackback pings in movable type.

Richard tells us to add in the settings OneHourMaxPings and OneDayMaxPings to your site’s /mt/mt-config.cgi file. (I note that as SixApart’s docs don’t actually say where to put those settings.) I’ve gone ahead and placed both lines in my config settings and saved the files.

…And watched the number of spam trackbacks go skyhigh.

Oh well.  At least my trackbacks are going out now.

Fixing the Comment Links

Some thing that has bothered me for quite some time is how Movable Type does it’s comment links. Instead of just a normal link to a website, it does this weird internal redirect. I’m sure the software does this to help prevent spam but with all of the protection built in, there’s really no need for something like that.

It’s easy to fix.  Here’s the code for the Comment Detail template.  You’ll find it under Design -> Templates -> Quickfilters -> Template Modules.


<div class="comment"<MTIfArchiveTypeEnabled archive_type="Individual"> id="comment-<$MTCommentID$>"</MTIfArchiveTypeEnabled>>
    <div class="inner">
        <div class="comment-header">
            <$MTCommentAuthorLink default_name="Anonymous" show_email="0"$> <MTIfNonEmpty tag="CommentAuthorIdentity"><$MTCommentAuthorIdentity$></MTIfNonEmpty> said:
        </div>
        <div class="comment-content">
            <$MTCommentBody$>
        </div>
        <div class="comment-footer">
            <a href="#comment-<$MTCommentID$>" title="Permalink to this comment"><$MTCommentDate format="%x %X"$></a>
        </div>
    </div>
</div>

See the line up there with $MTCommentAuthorLink? That’s where the “Commenter bla-bla says:” get generated along with the link. All you have to do to get rid of the weird redirect link is add in no_redirect=”1″ to the line.

So the new line will look like this:


<$MTCommentAuthorLink default_name="Anonymous" show_email="0" no_redirect="1"$> <MTIfNonEmpty tag="CommentAuthorIdentity"><$MTCommentAuthorIdentity$></MTIfNonEmpty> said:

Why am I posting this? Because it’s missing from the docs. Rather annoying actually. Almost like reading WordPress’ codex once again. There used to be a plugin for this but it’s no longer needed.

Hopefully this will help someone else out. (And maybe get the docs edited to show this feature.)

Now I’m off to regenerate about 200 comments. 🙂

edit: Also considering that I don’t use nofollow on this blog, I think it’s important for folks to get credit for their comments.

reedit: You have to do the same to the Recent Comments widget.

Looking back at January

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Breakfast was cool.  Had eggs, bacon, and biscuits.  I think I was the only non-church person there so i had to introduce myself a number of times but I didn’t mind.  I walk by the church twice every day when I head over to UNCC.  Didn’t get any pictures as my batteries died with the other breakfast this morning under the bridge.

I finally got a chance to look over the most read posts for January.  I probably should do some sort of Top Post widget in the sidebar. (edit: Done now.)

Download Dragon Magazine and it’s Part #2 article.
Mac Desktop Wallpapers
50 Things NOT to do at Hogwarts (And I feel bad about that as it’s not even mine.)
Robot Chicken: Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin
Download Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? (You can but not with those links.)
Family Guy Videos – Rock Lobster
Movable Type 4.1 gets released (*shrug* All I said was that it was released.)
Crash on Volturnus – Chapter 1 (I really should go back and work on that. I liked writing that stuff.)
Pairings (Another old Daria fanfiction piece that I had written way back when.)
How to stop the irritating “Updating your computer is almost complete – Restart Now?” message

Movable Type 4.1 gets released

Just a quick mention that Movable Type 4.1 was released. You can read about it here.  The upgrade went smoothly for me, once I remembered that I had to copy back in the config files.  The system kept thinking it was a new install and I kept canceling out since I knew that wasn’t right.