September 11, 2004

Request for Help

Can anyone help me install MT-Blacklist? I'll pay you if you can make it work. I am not a techie. It's a bit beyond my level.

My comments are being swamped with so much spam for drugs, porn, and "penis enlargement" I may have to shut down the comments altogether until I can figure out what to do about it. I would rather not. I like my comments. So do other people.

For those of you who read my comments and don't know what I'm talking about: Most comment spammers are clever enough not to fill up space on current posts. They usually spam the older posts. Then they search Google for their own phrases, click the links, and boost the Google rankings for their own stupid "products." I'm tired of paying for their bandwidth. Check out the second half of this comments thread and you'll see what I mean. These spammers now make up almost ten percent of my blog traffic. It needs to stop now.

UPDATE: I got a lot of offers for help. Thanks so much everybody. I'm taken care of now.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at September 11, 2004 04:28 PM

Michael -- Kevin Aylward of Wizbang installed Blacklist for me some months ago. He might be able to help you out or at least recommend someone else who can.

If you're planning on upgrading to MT3 anytime soon, you might as well skip Blacklist and just use TypeKey instead.

Posted by: Allah at September 11, 2004 04:31 PM

What are you talking about? I've never seen any of that spam.

Posted by: David at September 11, 2004 04:43 PM

Dean Esmay is notorious for helping people install MT. He'd probably be able to offer a hand with MT Blacklist, if ya ask him.

Posted by: Mason at September 11, 2004 04:55 PM

The real power of blacklist is if you receive your comments as e-mail they'll have a link added to that email that will allow you to one-click and delete the comment and add that url to your list. Then one more click and the latest 25 spam comments are deleted in one shot.

Good stuff, but limited if you've had 25 legit comments come in after the latest spam you'll have to manually remove each one.

Posted by: Greyhawk at September 11, 2004 05:50 PM

I installed it recently and was amazed at how trouble-free it was. My tech knowledge is moderate but I found it simple. If you've got a serious techie to help then go with him/her, but I'd otherwise be more than happy to do it for you, just shoot me an email.

The other thing is that I noticed that MT 3.1, just released, has an updated version of MT-Blacklist included. Though upgrading MT is probably more complex than adding this plugin, not less.

Whatever you do, back up your blog before anyone does anything.

Posted by: Jeremy Brown at September 11, 2004 06:20 PM

I can do it for you, but I will need .. access to your account.

Posted by: Niraj at September 11, 2004 06:21 PM

David: What are you talking about? I've never seen any of that spam.

See the bottom half of this thread. My Web site is now infested with this crap.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at September 11, 2004 07:13 PM

>>>"See the bottom half of this thread. My Web site is now infested with this crap."


you wouldn't get nearly as much nasty spam if you just laid off those porn sites.

Posted by: David at September 11, 2004 07:50 PM

Michael lots of sites are now using typekey registration. not that big a deal to type in my user name and password, less headaches for you.

I would hate to see the bloggers I like to read get chased off the net by being overwhelmed with spam.

Sometimes I think about replying to spam with my return address gimicked to other spameers too much trouble to DO but I get a kick out of the image of seeing them emailing each other. ;-)

Posted by: Daniel Kauffman at September 11, 2004 11:28 PM

"Grannies N Fatties", "Exploited Moms", "Naughty Therapy"

Really. Who looks at this stuff??? Yuck.

Posted by: Rob at September 12, 2004 06:48 AM

Michael, the installation should be very simple with the mature version of MT you're using. Try it yourself. You can DO IT!

Posted by: Mike at September 12, 2004 07:15 AM

Now that you are asking for help what about you kindly...

PLEASE Help us fight injustice in Iran. Please sign our petition opposing the death penalty for minors.

Posted by: zaneirani at September 12, 2004 07:30 AM

>>>"Please sign our petition opposing the death penalty for minors."

Haha! you silly Lefties, peaceniks and appeasers. You think tyrants give a rat's ass about silly "petitions"? Don't waste my time.

Posted by: David at September 12, 2004 07:34 AM

David: you silly Lefties, peaceniks and appeasers.

What brought on that tirade?

Zaneirani: I doubt it will do much good, but I signed it.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at September 12, 2004 08:50 AM


because George Bush has freed a thousand times more political prisoners in less than 4 years than 50 years of Amnesty International's letters and silly online petitions combined. But these "human rights" MORONS don't give a crap about that. That's what brought on my tirade.

Posted by: David at September 12, 2004 09:08 AM


I do feel a bit useless signing those petitions, but they don't hurt. At the very least they get people thinking about this stuff. And this petition is going to the EU and the UN. They really need to think about this stuff more.

By the way, the person you just labelled a peacenik and an appeaser is an Iranian-American who has written long and well about the evils of the mullahcracy.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at September 12, 2004 09:12 AM

>>>>"And this petition is going to the EU and the UN."

The same EU that refuses to call Darfur genocide:

Posted by: David at September 12, 2004 09:36 AM

Michael: Thank you.

Posted by: Sheema Kalbasi (zaneirani) at September 12, 2004 12:03 PM

I can install it for you, dude, but the install requires a couple of files to be uploaded to your server/ISP account and the permisssions set. Do you wanna come over to Vancouver or do that from your place?

Posted by: Richard Bennett at September 12, 2004 01:20 PM

If you continue having problems after MT-Blacklist is installed, you should consider MT-Close or renaming the comments.cgi file (which requires editing in the mt.cgi file).

Posted by: Kevin Murphy at September 14, 2004 01:19 PM

MT Blacklist didn't solve my comment spam problem: I could only get it to remove 15 or 20 spams at a time, and I was getting 160 in one night from one source. You can ban the URLs, but the spammers keep changing them. I've just switched to TypeKey, which is spam-free, so far.

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