Half a Victory in the War Against Spam

As you may well have noticed, spam has rendered my MessageCenter completely unusable. Less obvious: There are also ongoing spam attacks against my blog. The spam-comments themselves usually show up in old postings, but when I weed them out, it’s tough to avoid killing good commenta, too. (I accidentally deleted one from Mark Mayerson this morning–sorry, Mark.)

The good news is that I just installed an update to my blogging software, Movable Type, which should do most of the work of purging spam from the blog for me. Keep your fingers crossed.

The bad news: I don’t know of any way to kill spam from the MessageCenter except manually, and it’s coming in far too fast to keep up with. And the software behind the message board hasn’t been updated in a very long time, so I don’t anticipate being able to solve the problem with technology. Unless the attacks mysteriously end soon, I’m going to have to find and install a new message board.

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