As an additional measure to help fight the steady tide of comment spam, I decided to close off comments on entries more than 20 days old. While every now and then I do get a legitimate comment on an old entry from some random search, 99% of the time it’s spam. However since I haven’t upgraded from MT 2.661 and since I’m not using MySQL (I know, I know. I need to switch over but I’m lazy) I was having a hard time finding a way to close old entries as a batch operation. Initially I thought that the mt-close script might do it, but as it turned out that required MySQL as well. Fortunately, someone posted a change in the comments on that page to get mt-close to work with a BerkeleyDB install of MT. Now hopefully I should see a significant decrease in the amount of comment spam I get.
Comment by Brett on 2005-07-02 13:03:29 +0000
I’ve thought about doing this. I’ve been getting more ping spam than comments spam recently, though. I think I’m going to wait and try to update to 3.x before taking such drastic measures. I mean, come on! Closing out comments on entries that never got comment initially! That’s crazy talk!