I still use Movabletype 3.2, so am pretty behind the times. I don’t know its installation stuff and am a brute novice at CSS, so I rely on my host to tweak this stuff.
The comment spam is so annoying. It used to be URL’s for sites pushing porn or prescription drugs, but lately I have a lot of nonsense comment spam like this example. There really isn’t a way to block them with my current setup since the IP addresses change all the time, they have no keywords I can blacklist, and they’re randomly-generated URL’s. At least they’re easy to spot when I’m scanning through the lists of comments awaiting action.
I have the Spamlookup plugin set installed as part of MT 3.2, but it only does part of the job. It is pretty good at catching spam comments and marking them junk, and it’s rare a legitimate comment is earmarked as junk. Still, my regular readers, whom I’ve marked trusted, must have their comments approved manually. It’s nice my comments are not full of spam on the site, but having to double-check comments in queue for legitimacy is a pain. Having to manually go in and publish the legitimate stuff is time-consuming and it takes away from the fluid, interactive nature of a blog.
I don’t know what I need to change to fix this. Will MT 4 make things all better? Should I really think about WordPress? I just hate to lose our beautiful site designs.
I hear the comment spam filters are much more robust in version 4 and am looking forward to having it some day. I’d try installing WordPress, but Mandi designed our beautiful blogs for MT and I don’t have a clue how to make them work in anything else. And at this point in life, I really don’t want to have to learn something that in depth for something that is, for the most part, a pleasant diversion and not a job. Do I hear an amen?