Neal Sheeran

Rants, Raves, and Geekery

Some Housecleaning


I just upgraded the site to Movable Type 4.3. I was fully expecting things to blow up. At first glance, they haven’t. We’ll know more when I hit Save…

Update: Not a smoking hole yet…The one thing I was worried about is if my old MultiBlog plug-in still worked, so that Elsewhere entries are pulled to the main page. No problems there. This capability is inherent in MT now, but I didn’t have to make any changes.

The other area where I had done some tweaking is in the comment section. I used another plug-in, MTIfEqual, do some trickery and color my own comments differently from everyone else’s. That plug-in is no longer supported (or I deleted it when I converted), but again, the functionality is now inherent in MT 4. While testing it, I noticed that any comment I posted was “sent to moderation”, a feature I had previously turned off. When I went to look for the comments, I couldn’t find them in the pending section. I dug around and finally found them in the spam section. Even the comments where I identified myself as me got tagged as spam…along with the other 12,000 comments identified as such. Holy smokes, I had no idea that much comment spam was still coming in here. Further investigation showed that the SpamLookup plug-in had my IP address on the blacklist. Additional test comments resulted in this very domain being on the blacklist. I disabled part of the plug-in for now and investigate the anti-spam capabilities a bit later.