The Height of Absurdity
Now spammers of older versions of MT have become totally absurd. As much as I’ve always had trouble understanding the “reasoning” behind spamming comments to lure people to their stinking website, I simply cannot grasp why someone would want to spam with links to websites that don’t exist (i.e., website addresses that are merely a series of random letters), except that for such asswipes with too much time on their hands, it’s probably just a matter of “because I can.” You can’t add all those bogus URLs to a blacklist because there are simply too many, plus they all use bogus IPs.
I know there exists plugins to close off comments. However, with my extensive knowledge of PHP and MySQL, it’ll be just as easy to create my own script that I can set in a cron job and will shut comments after so many days. Alas, I’ll have to manually “rebuild” the blog once in a while, as I’m not about to try to figure out what the heck that whole rebuilding process entails. That rebuilding thing in MT has always struck me as unnecessary and cumbersome. I suspect it’s a vestige of the very early days of MT when there wasn’t any built-in MySQL support.
Sure, it’s a PITA to have to come up with something like this because of arseholes’ idea of fun. However, it’s still not enough to get me to migrate to a new version of MT or an entirely different blogging package. I’m more inclined to develop my own blogging software one day than to do that…