May 19, 2004
Comments Are Back On
People were complaining, so I restored them, after the barrage of comment spam last Thursday through Sunday. However, if they come back, and MT-Blacklist gets overwhelmed by the rate of spamming, or we don't figure out the longer term issues with Moveable Type and upgrading, I may have to turn them off again (by blowing away the comment templates -- there is no global on/off switch).
Posted by Mary Hodder at May 19, 2004 07:42 AM
There is a global on/off switch in the sense that you can set the default to be "closed" for each post... if you "blow away" the comment templates, then your individual archived posts (what we point to when we link to your blog!) don't render properly.
When I was running MT, I would run this SQL query every night:
update mt_entry set entry_allow_comments = 2 where TO_DAYS(NOW()) - TO_DAYS(entry_created_on) >= 30;
It would close comments on any entry more than 30 days old. Worked fine for a lot of comment spam.