Sometime last night “the spammers” went overboard in their eagerness to add their garbage… err.. comments to this blog. It got so bad that Dreamhost, who host andrewlucking.com, felt it necessary to take the site offline.
This afternoon I managed to resuscitate things somewhat. The first step was an update to the Wordpress install which (in combination with Askimet) should allow me to better deal with “the spammers”.
While things look “different” everything should be working again. I expect to be working on updating the theme as time permits – hopefully those tweaks won’t break too much. If you come across anything that isn’t working maybe you could let me know in the comments on this post.
Yesterday Google released Analytics, a free web traffic analysis service. (Well, it’s completely free to AdWords users and capped at 5 million monthly pageviews for those who aren’t).
Based on the amount of moderated comments I wade through here every day I’m convinced that the majority of the traffic is from blog spam. With that in mind I just couldn’t pass up a chance to check out the spammer’s handywork in those fancy Flash based graphs Analytics offers. Unfortunately, it seems I’m not the only one to think I have a site that would look good in a pie chart. While the service mentions it should take 12 hours or so to start getting report results most folks are still sitting at a “waiting for data” status.
The site underwent a fairly painless WordPress update this morning. Version 1.5 (Strayhorn) was officially released this past week and I figured I could take advantage of some of the new features. I broke the comment functionality during the update process so it took a bit of fiddling to get things back in running order. On top of that some kindly (and tenacious) spammer chose this morning to help test out some of the new comment and trackback handling. A bit of junk slipped through in the middle of the update but I’ve cleaned it out. It was actually very easy to do thanks to the new Check past comments against moderation list link. Sweet.
So, Mr. texas-holdem-online-poker-prescription-phentermine dude the beta cycle is over. Thanks for all your efforts in testing the site, your diligence helps to make it the best it can be. We have some modest “appreciation schwag” for you so if you’ll just send along your personal contact information I’ll be sure to get it in the post.
I’ve also tweaked the format of the syndication feeds a little. They should now also contain the full text of posts so you won’t have to browse to the site to read the entire post. As well I’ve limited the item count to the 5 most recent posts to keep bandwidth down for the dialup folks.
If you come across anything that is broken or could be improved drop a coment (or email). Thanks.