The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 March 2006

A po excuse

I had an entry yesterday — specifically, this one — in which I linked to six different sites and sent TrackBacks to five. (I haven't quite figured out how this works on BraveJournal.) Two of the sites were using TypePad, and one of them sent back this message:

In an effort to combat malicious comment posting by scripts, I've enabled a feature that requires a weblog commenter to wait a short amount of time before being able to post again. Please try to po

It ends there. Apparently this is the complete text:

... I've enabled a feature that requires a weblog commenter to wait a short amount of time before being able to post again. Please try to post your comment again in a short while. Thanks for your patience.

I'm guessing this is related to comment throttling in later versions of the Movable Type engine. I really don't care, I suppose — there are other ways links can be discovered, and it's not like I'm hard up for recognition — but there ought to be a better way to handle this issue. (I don't believe I've encountered this, for instance, among mu.nu blogs.)

Posted at 7:09 AM to Blogorrhea


Mu.Nu is protected by Fluffy, our homegrown spam killer. It's on at least the second or third generation by now, and works amazingly well. Benevolent overlord Pixy Misa has details.

Posted by: Ted at 10:01 AM on 13 March 2006

Bless you, Pixy. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 10:05 AM on 13 March 2006

I've noticed that a few trackbacks I've attempted lately have mysteriously not posted. Never got back any sort of message, though. And I'm not sure all those fails were to MT blogs.

Posted by: CT at 11:14 PM on 13 March 2006

Another strength is that there's a bunch of active Munuvians. As soon as one of us notices a that a comment or trackback from threehandedbridge.dc got past Fluffy, it gets added to a blacklist blocking such posts for all of us.

Posted by: triticale at 11:19 PM on 13 March 2006