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June 14, 2005

Comment spam and blacklists

Stephen Baker

Another morning, another eight trackback spams on party poker to delete, and six more comment spams from pedronetwork. For weeks I have laboriously sent these items to the Movable Type's "de-spam list"--to no apparent effect. The defense has to get a bit serious here, or these spammers will ratchet up their mailings by an order of magnitude and overwhelm us.

While I'm bellyaching... I tried setting up my Verizon phone for moblogging. But I see that all my Internet time on the account will be counted as call minutes. I could run through my monthly allotment just working on this one story. Still, I may have to bite the bullet. The story's due on Thursday.

If I seem irritable... My kid's getting his driver's licence today.

07:49 AM

spam and other abuses

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://blogs.businessweek.com/mt/mt-tb.cgi/

I've been using Expression Engine for over a year without any spam and there seems to be a lot of Moveabletype switchers in the EE forums. You might want to check it out... www.expressionengine.com

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What I did to test MoBlogging is to get it all working/tested using my regular mail account and then tried it through Verizon so I didn't eat away all my minutes.

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Driving...your life will never be the same and you'll very rarely see the kid anymore...It's the first big step in fleeing the nest :-)

Posted by: PXLated at June 14, 2005 08:43 AM

It seems to really be an MT issue (mind you I'm knocking on wood while I type this). I've never had an issue with textpattern, despite some decent traffic.

As an aside, there's been a couple of occasions where I've wanted to get in contact with one of you for a post idea, but you seem impossible to track down! Why no email addresses on the site?

Posted by: Peter Flaschner at June 14, 2005 11:38 AM

Argh, no email on the site...sore spot. We have to work with our tech and online departments to get design issues addressed. They have been involved in a black hole of a project that is finally and successfully over. So now they can deal with our nitpicks, like a blogroll and putting email on the site.

In the meantime:

heather_green at businessweek dot com

stephen_baker at businessweek dot com

Posted by: Heather Green at June 14, 2005 11:48 AM

If you click on our bylines, it links to an email address. Trouble is, to access that box, we have to quit Outlook and sign in again with a different password. So I don't do it as often as I should. But that reminds me, I'll do it right now...

Posted by: steve baker at June 14, 2005 12:44 PM

"... all my Internet time on the account will be counted as call minutes"... See, I knew there had to be a *business* angle for this Mobile Blogging stuff. Unfortunately, it's not in the favor of the user (or whoever pays their bills).

Now if BW can con[vince] all of its readers at the Fortune 1000 companies to get heavily into "moblogging", imagine the windfall profits for the wireless service providers.

-- Jack Krupansky

Posted by: Jack Krupansky at June 14, 2005 01:20 PM

Jack, I'll try to walk the narrow line between con(vincing) and con(demning)

Posted by: steve baker at June 14, 2005 03:34 PM

Be sure to look at Spamlookup

(http://bradchoate.com/weblog/2005/04/07/spamlookup)

which plugs cleanly into your existing Movable Type installation and has been very effective for those that are using it.

Posted by: Ian Kennedy at June 14, 2005 05:09 PM

I just don't get it. Why does a smart company like Biz week use hobby software (mt) when there is free content management systems available that do a much better job?

http://www.opensourcecms.com/ is a list of cms systems that support blogging. Many of them have all of the mt features plus plugins galore.

Posted by: jim wilde at June 15, 2005 09:49 AM

A "blog" feature that would be nice here is an email notification option so when a comment is made, one is aware of it. There are many posts I'd like to follow but forget later in the day to come back. I've been to a hundred other sites by the time a comment is posted. I think you'd get far better participation if visitors were notified. :-)

Posted by: PXLated at June 15, 2005 01:33 PM


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