Skeptic’s Circle? Damned if I know

If you’re awaiting the Skeptic’s Circle that was planned for yesterday, it’s been delayed. I don’t know for how long; I spoke to Adam last night and he told me he’d arranged for it to be postponed, but he didn’t mention any specifics. In any case, there’s no draft for it in the WordPress back-end …

To new blog readers: about this blog

If you’ve come here for the Skeptic’s Circle installment Adam’s running, you may find yourself scratching your head and wondering what the rest of this blog is about. Most of the other posts on the blog’s front page right now are promotional announcements asking readers to “vote” for something called “Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan” on something …

Useful WordPress hack courtesy of Erin, plus to-do list for the blog

I didn’t lose a lot of irreplaceable stuff in last Sunday’s hard drive crash. Luckily, all my working files and my financial accounts are on external drives as a matter of standard procedure – I never keep them on the same physical volume where my operating system is. But I did lose a few items …

What’s my Project Wonderful ad doing in there?

Proof that WordPress is a lot harder to understand than Movable Type: because I linked to an older post in my previous post, I got a pingback: Waffle » Blog Archive » Financial decluttering got results quickly New pingback on your post #1659 “Decluttering, tightwaddery, time management, organisation – it’s all one, really” Website: Waffle …

Comments on Waffle now moderated thanks to spammers and Movable Type’s general uselessness at spam prevention

After an overnight spam attack in which hundreds of spams got posted to the blog, including many that would have been blocked if the regular expression filter actually worked, I have set the comment options in Movable Type to moderated. I was going to switch off commenting entirely, until I realised that moderation would work …

Your blog comment may not appear immediately, but commenting still works, for now

Overnight, the SpamCatcher plugin on my Movable Type installation failed rather spectacularly, allowing some thirty spams to pass and get published without even getting flagged. Half of these were gibberish comments, which are very difficult to filter, but the other half were "Good site! Thanks, have some spam" comments, which the regular expression filter should …

Well, so much for Movable Type’s nifty new spam prevention

The keyword blacklisting in Movable Type has one little drawback: it doesn’t work. I’ve added several variants of “Good Site! Thanks!” including “ood site! Thank” to the blacklist but spams containing those phrases continue to get posted. Update: I’ve boned up on regular expression syntax and the rules for whole-word blacklisting, and it works well …