MUniversity of Minnesota

November 07, 2005

Upgrade update and spam

Hello everyone! First of all I'd like to inform all of you that testing the new version of Movable Type has gone extremely well. It appears that the upgrade should be able to happen without disruption to existing blogs. Due to the success of the testing of MT 3.2 we are planning on upgrading UThink the week after Thanksgiving, most likely the Monday after Thanksgiving. We have chosen this day because 1) we need to take UThink down for most of the day to make the upgrade happen and 2) the Monday after Thanksgiving will probably be a slow day for blogging. So, please be aware that for most of the day of the upgrade you will not be able to access your blog(s).

Secondly, as you are probably already aware, blog spam is getting to be a little outrageous. For various reasons, over the last couple of years we have been somewhat protected on UThink, but it appears that more and more spammers are finding a way into our blogs. I know, it is extremely frustrating. This is another reason we are trying to make this upgrade to MT 3.2 happen, and hopefully happen quickly. MT 3.2 has new tools that help in the fight against blog spam and upgrading to MT 3.2 should drastically reduce the amount of blog spam on our system.

Finally, access to the test system for MT 3.2 may be intermittently inaccessible. This isn't because we are intentionally denying you access. It is because we are working towards upgrading the system. Thanks, as always, for your patience!

So, onward and upward. MT 3.2 is on the way.

Posted by snackeru at November 7, 2005 10:20 AM