Housekeeping Your Brief Career as a Spammer, or, Fixed!
posted by July 18 at 17:17 PMon
So sorry for all the trouble everyone’s been having with our misbehaving spam filter. It should be fixed now. Is it? Can you comment? CAN YOU?!?!?
The comments that were caught are available, and I’ve considered releasing them from their spammy imprisonment, but at this point most of them are some variation on, “Hey! My comments are being filtered! WTF?” so perhaps not. Please do post your thoughts again.
In case you care, an explanation:
Because we love you, we’ve been trying to speed up the comment-posting process (so slow!). Our research led us to discover that one of the public spammer blacklist operations that our blogging software checks is no longer in service, resulting in a long wait and a time-out when our system tries to check if you guys are no-good spammers. SO, on the advice of SixApart, we removed that server and replaced it with Spamhaus, a well-regarded blacklist service. As it turns out, Spamhaus is not so fond of quite a wide range of Comcast IP blocks, so suddenly a lot of you were on the no-fly list. See how that didn’t work?
ANYWAY, we took that server out of the loop and things should be settling down. Rest assured that this minor fiasco was because we were trying to help you out, not t’other way ‘round.