Getting back to normal

I’ve been working to restore normal service under WordPress 1.5. Both “recently commented on” and “Live preview” are back.

Meanwhile the good news (touch silicon) is that comment and trackback spam seems to have stopped altogether. The “nofollow” attribute in WordPress makes it pointless, since URLs in comments are not used by Google.

I’m still planning some cosmetic changes, and am happy to take suggestions for plugins.

Meanwhile, I’ve upgraded my Mac to OS 10.4 (Tiger) and am having fun with the new features, and I’ve also done a complete backup, so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself, at least as far as computing is going.

Update People seem to be having trouble commenting (though it works fine for me), so I’ve turned Live Preview back off for the moment.

7 thoughts on “Getting back to normal

  1. Both “recently commented on�

    Yay 🙂

    and “Live preview� are back.

    Boo 😦 Am I the only person for whom this makes posting painfully slow and difficult?

  2. Nah Robert, I meant typing the post up. It seems to do a lot of stuff, really slowly, whenever I type, and makes the text input window about a dozen characters behind me. (For some reason whenever this happens I make a lot of tyops too, so there’s the problem of correcting them half a sentence later.) That’s why it’s painful and difficult 😉

  3. jq, that reasoning about making spam pointless may face the same problem as sawing off rhinoceros horn to make poaching pointless. It did, but that didn’t stop the poachers shooting hornless rhino when they caught them. The cost of ignoring them outweighed the cost of shooting them, since bullets were cheaper than tracking the same worthless rhinoceros over and over.

    In the same way, it may be cheaper for a spammer to spam you rather than go to the trouble of exploring your site to see if a spam would be wasted. Reaching you in the first place would just be sunk cost by then.

  4. Oh, I see what you mean, Tristan.

    PM, that’s a good point as far as it goes. But spammers like soft targets. They will direct their efforts to whatever method produces the maximum benefit in the search engine rankings. Since nofollow means their links are useless, if blogs implementing that standard reach a critical mass the spammers will look elsewhere.

    WordPress 1.5 includes nofollow in comments by default. So does Blogger, Typepad, Livejournal, MSN spaces; so will the next version of Movable Type.

    Although there are many blogs that don’t run on the latest version of the software, most of them are defunct and therefore have low search engine ranking value anyway. It won’t be long before comment spam is not worth the effort.

    Besides, you don’t have to use nofollow without your usual spam detection/deletion methods.

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