This morning I noticed by coincidence that there were exactly 666 articles posted on my web-log. And that is a reason enough for a new article!
Since 2007 666 articles and 1295 comments. Not bad at all, I would say. Specially when you consider that there have been times of low activity here on my web-log. There even have been times that I was thinking about to shut it down. Now, when I look what is going on here on my weblog, I am very happy I never did this.
23995 Spam comments captured by Akismet and my spam queue is empty. That is good news.
An old article was targeted by a spam attack from China. Akismet handled basically everything very good and stopped any spam message of becoming visible. But the spam queue filled up with all the messages.
When I noticed this the solution was simple. It was an old message, so no problem to have it moved to “no comments allowed”. That stopped the spam attack, as it was not possible to add new comments any more (spam attacks are mostly automated processes and even more likely no one ever noticed that it was not possible more to add new comments to that article.
The 23995 messages in the spam queue was something else. Removing them one by one was no solution. So I wrote a “delete SQL-query” and removed those directly from the database table (after making a backup of the database table of course :-P).
The changes I made recently to the weblog are good. I love how enthusiastic “the group” reacts. I have seen some very interesting and fun articles. I really really like it.
I still have to solve the issue with number of comments per article. Doing it manually is temporary an solution, but there needs to be a permanent fix.
And as last: Now we write here as a group, I want a new name for the weblog. The current one was fitting when I wrote here alone, but now it is not any more. Any suggestions?
Oh yes… and of course 666 is the number of the beast. Wanna have some fun? Google religious explanations about 666. Never read so much unscientific and vague stories…
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