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Over the past couple of months I’ve been having to deal with an increase in the amount of blog spam I’ve been getting. Basically, evil spammers are writing comments on the blog that link to various sites (casinos, porn, etc) in order to increase their ranking in Google. This version of Movable Type doesn’t really have a very good way of getting rid of comments en masse, which can be a pain when you have over 20 spam messages.

To combat this, I recently installed the excellent MT-Blacklist plugin, which gives you the features that MT should have had in the first place. However, MT-Blacklist is frighteningly easy to use and unfortunately I have tonight deleted the last 20 legitimate comments made on the blog.

All I can say is that I am sincerely sorry to any of you that have contributed your thoughts here. Hopefully this will be a lesson learned and I will be much more careful in future – please don’t be put off!

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  1. Good news! It’s not quite the end of the world. I’ve managed to recover some of the comments using Google’s cache. Unfortunately the dates that they were posted are wrong now, but after a mistake like that I guess you can’t have everything.

  2. Strange. As soon as I read this post I started to get with unmanageable Spam on my blog. Previous to this I had only had 1 or 2 Spam entries. So promptly installed MT-Blacklist which is working a treat!

    Thanks very much for finding it. Feel free to use my blacklist.