Comments are back

Posted by David on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 6:42 AM.

Looks like Lunarpages shut down commenting on my site because of the high server loads the comment script was generating. We have some disagreement about what's causing that, but they have graciously restored the script as long as it doesn't become too much of a load.

In an attempt to give blog spammers a smaller "surface" to work with, I've installed David Raynes' simple and to the point plugin mt-close.

All it does is allow you to close comments on all entries older than a certain date. I, for example, decided on 30 days. That means that on my site, out of ~850 entries, comments are only possible on the last 12. Which should make my blogspam drop off considerably, reducing my server load.

The only thing it doesn't do, unfortunately, is run automatically. But hey, that's a small price to pay.

David Adam Edelstein, on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 6:49 AM:

Hey, look, here one is now.

Andrew, on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 8:25 AM:

A while ago I was having a spam problem and eventually found what is theoretically an update to mt-close, imaginatively entitled mt-close2. It's available from this site:

However, since Movable Type 3, I've been using Jay Allen's MT-Blacklist plugin with great success - to the point where I can afford to leave old posts open these days.

david adam edelstein, on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 9:16 AM:

Well, MT-blacklist was doing a fine job of keeping blog spam from appearing on my site; the problem as near as I can tell is that the blog spam was still triggering the mt-comment script again and again and again, and putting too much load on my server's cpu.

Either that or Lunarpages has a vendetta against MT, which I've heard as well.

Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 8:59 PM:

Comment allez vous?