For some time, I've been wondering why Movable Type has been, well frankly, so slow on my home PC. And specifically my Linux PC. It's been an insane situation where trying to add one entry could take five minutes.
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Blogs for me are a great way for the BBC to communicate with the people who use, and pay for, its services and it's great that they've been a success. Indeed, probably too much of a success if the continuing comment problems are anything to go by. The problems in trying to put up a single comment are, frankly, terrible. Timeouts... Server problems... You're not even sure if your comment has even got through to the server backend half the time.
This will hopefully be the last post on the whole comment spam thing - for now anyway. Today I actually (and accidentally) tracked down the reason why spam comments were going live on this site.
Ah, I thought. A false positive. A rather crap comment true, but one which presumably was in response to the whole comment spam issue.
Well you're a right bunch of miserable people. Not one email to keep me company whilst the comments were down! Tsk! What do you think you're playing at? Call yourself blog readers... Anyway, they're back up now following some intensive hunting to find the cause of spam comments somehow making it on the site, despite all comments being pre-moderated.
An observant person might notice that comments on this blog are currently turned off. There's a very good reason for this - today I logged into Movable Type and found that over the last few days, 44 spam comments had somehow gone live on the site.
I confess to being mildly concerned when I logged into Movable Type just now and found a great big whopping piece of comment spam had somehow managed to get itself onto an article yesterday.
The problem is all in the file names Blogger and Movable Type publish out to.
When it comes to hosting, I'm a bit clueless (having never needed any) I thought I'd open the door to suggestions.
Every now and then my email accounts suffer what I suspect many people who own domains do these days - log on to your email and find a couple of thousand emails saying 'Message can't be delivered' or that kind of ilk.