October 15, 2003
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for us. Quite the contrary, it slows routine rebuilds to a crawl, and the “despam” link it adds to our comment-notification email leads to a Movable Type error message. We’ve been in touch with the estimable Jay Allen about this, and he’s made a valiant effort to figure out the problem, but no dice.
The last straw, though, was when Teresa attempted to post a comment to a thread on her own weblog and got the following error message:
Your comment submission failed for the following reasons:After peeling one (1) outraged spouse off the ceiling, I deleted MT-Blacklist from our Movable Type installation, and the comment posted successfully. You can read it here; it’s the one that begins “When are we going to get serious about spammers? Do you ever think about how much human effort gets pissed away dealing with them?”
This comment could not be posted due to questionable content.
Please correct the error in the form below, then press POST to post your comment.
Yes, God is an iron, why do you ask?
I had no idea MT-Blacklist was filtering based on mere content; I thought the idea was to look for—and filter based on—the spammy URLs that blogspammers are trying to get onto our sites. Indeed, as you can see, Teresa’s comment contains no URLs whatsoever.
I think we’re giving up on MT-Blacklist for now. Whether we give up on blogging altogether is a still-unanswered question.