Tweaks and talk

If this had been MT I would have been hammered with comment spam tonight. I added a little watcher on my logfile, and when it receives so many POST commands in a period of time, it sends me an email so I can monitor what’s going on.

It looks like I had about 500 POSTs, but nothing came through in a comment, because the POST is going to the wrong file. It was interesting watching though. Scattered amidst the spam POST attempts were referrer spams. The comment spammer is using a variety of proxies; the referrer spammer is using an open proxy from a Texas school district.

I’m also getting a lot of hits from Google for the phrase, “Google Email”.

Between all of these are hits from Googlebot, MSNBC bot, Yahoo bot, and various RSS aggregators. The Web never sleeps.

I re-implemented my Backtrack feature at the end of any posts that trackback to other weblogs. The only problem is, as I found in the last post, that WordPress doesn’t implement the “?__mode=rss” aspect of trackback. So now I have to decide the direction to take the tech. Should I add in the rss mode, and submit it as a change to WordPress? Or do something different with Backtrack? Regardless, I think I’m about due for another documentation update of my changes.

Speaking of changes, Marius Coomans wrote a note in Jonathon Delacour’s most recent post (which wiki fans will enjoy reading) about his dislike of the small comment boxes. He gave me an idea that I’m now in the middle of implementing. I was glad of this little inspiration, too, because I was beginning to think I didn’t have anything left to tweak with my weblog.

Since I brought up Backtracks and trackbacks, earlier, I wanted to mention that John Dvorak liked my ping from the last post. No seriously! He wrote me a note with Ha Ha. He deleted the ping, of course, but I did get the Ha Ha.

Which all you old time gardeners will recognize as a garden structure, usually consisting of a border or boundary that doesn’t block the view, but still keeps out the sheep.

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