… there are 871 comments on entries for which you have editing privileges that match your current blacklist.

That makes about 2000 comments I have deleted in 24 hrs. I have now hit that threshold where taking care of this mess has superseded the time I didn’t have to upgrade the Herd to MT 3.*. So, Herd, watch out – sometime in the next week to ten days, I am making the upgrade. Please keep a close eye on your email for a notice of exactly when. Meanwhile, please take the time to follow these simple instructions on how to export your blog data (instructions repeated after the fold, if you don’t feel like following the link). I will be making a full database backup, but as my dad says, “Back up your blog twice, cut once.” Or something.

One positive aspect of comment spam? Occasionally it reminds me to review what I’ve blogged in the past, including fun links like ASCIIWars – Star Wars, all in ASCII Animation.

Instructions, in case you don’t follow the link:

In addition to exporting your data from another weblog CMS, you can export your entries from Movable Type itself. This allows you to keep local backups of your weblog content for safekeeping, as well as to transfer data between weblogs, by combining the export and import mechanisms. To export the entries from one of your weblogs, login to Movable Type, then go to the Main Menu for the weblog you wish to export. Then click Import & Export Entries, and follow the instructions under Export Entries.

NOTE: be careful when exporting data from Internet Explorer; all versions of Internet Explorer have a bug where data marked as plain text can be intrepreted as HTML. The symptom of this bug is that all of your exported data will run together onto one line. If this is the case, use Netscape [ed: or Firefox] when exporting data.


6 Responses to Out of the last 1000 comments …

  1. George says:

    Man, that’s a lot of spam! Thanks for taking care of it all.

  2. f&w says:

    Thanks oodles for dealing with all that cialis and texas hold em poker. A pox on them all. And happy birthday!!

  3. f&w says:

    Thanks oodles for dealing with all that cialis and texas hold em poker. A pox on them all. And happy birthday!!

  4. chuck says:

    Thanks, indeed, Jason. I was just on my way to wish you a belated birthday.

  5. chuck says:

    Oh, annd your recent email message re: migrating to MT 3.0 got lost in an email browser disaster. Could you re-send the message?

  6. Jason says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂 And sure Chuck; I’ll try to find a copy of the email.

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