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April 20, 2006

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes here at misbehaving.net

It's been pretty quiet around here, we know. And yes, we're painfully aware of the ocean of spam that has rushed in to fill the gap.

So here's what's happening.

First, we're cleaning out the gunk. That's a slooooow process, because TypePad only lets us remove 50 comments at a time, and each batch of 50 takes several minutes to process. But I'm hoping we'll be done by the end of the weekend. I spent most of my morning doing this, and I think it's done. Yay!

Second, we're now requiring TypeKey CAPTCHA authentication on comments. I recognize this is a less-than-ideal solution, with serious accessibility problems. But it's better than turning comments off entirely, and it was either CAPTCHA or TypeKey. My suspicion is we'll lose more voices with the latter than the former, but I'm willing to be convinced otherwise. Well, that didn't take long. Two spam comments already, despite the CAPTCHA implementation. So, back to the authenticated comments approach. That means you'll need a TypeKey ID in order to comment. Sorry. :(

Third, we'll be turning off trackbacks for all new posts, and removing have removed the display of trackbacks from the individual entry pages.

Fourth, we'll be removing we've removed the list of "misbehaving elsewhere" blogs on the right side of the page. The problem is that there are so many women who ought to be on there, and simply not enough time in my day to deal with keeping it up to date. I'd love for someone else to take this on, or even create a wiki with that content. Towards that end, I'll save what I've got and pass it on to whomever asks.

Once we've got things a little less out-of-control on the maintenance front, I think it will be easier for all of us to be motivated to post more often. I hope so.

Posted by Liz Lawley at 11:43 AM in Administrivia | Permalink


Thanks for getting everything cleaned up, Liz! I feel more posts coming on already.

Posted by: Gina Trapani at Apr 20, 2006 2:49:13 PM

Yeah, me too. :)

Posted by: Liz Lawley at Apr 20, 2006 2:52:59 PM