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January 30, 2006

UThink comment cleanup

First of all, thanks for helping to make UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries the success that it is. UThink is one of the largest, if not the largest, academic blogging sites in North America. However, with this success we have attracted the unwanted attention of comment spammers. Our recent upgrade to Movable Type 3.2 (November 2005) has almost completely stopped comment spam (thanks to the new MT plugin SpamLookup), however some does still slip through the cracks. Please let me know if you are having any difficulty with this.

Before our upgrade to MT 3.2, a lot of comment spam slipped through the cracks. We would now like to deal with it. On Tuesday, January 31, we will be mass deleting any comment with 6 or more URLs in the comment text. From our inspection, we have found that almost all comments with 6 or more URLs are worthy of deletion. Our mass deletion will NOT touch any of your actual entries. All entries will remain intact. This is just deletion of comments.

This is just a courtesy note to let you know of our plans. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Posted by snackeru at January 30, 2006 11:46 AM

Shane, good luck with the cleanup. Is there any way for me to export my blog so I have my own offline copy of entries and comments before you do the cleanup? MT documentation describes an import/export item on the left that we don't seem to have at UThink. Thanks!

Posted by: Eric at January 30, 2006 12:37 PM
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