Comments and Trackbacks

  • Concerning Spam » Updated February 9, 2007. Originally posted in 2004 and updated several times since. Spammers have discovered bloggers and sooner or later if you allow comments or trackback pings on your weblog you will get spammed. Types of Blog Spam Blog spam appears in many flavors: Basic comment spam. The spammer...
  • Dynamic Comment Previewing » By LMT contributor Jesse Gardner of PlasticMind and Movable Tweak. Article double posted at Movable Tweak I've never liked the idea of a separate comment preview page. Besides being overkill, it often gets missed during upgrades and becomes just another bug to squash. So after picking up some good ideas...
  • Trackback Spam » Trackback spammers have recently been flooding blogs with spam, often with hundreds per day. Although MT's Spam Lookup plugin junks most of the spam, the flood of trackbacks can put a strain on server resources. To take a look at the amount of trackback spam you may be getting, click...
  • Comments.cgi and Server Loads » A few weeks ago I got a telephone call from my web host letting me know that "one of your Movable Type CGI scripts is using up half the resources of the server and would you please disable the script before we find it necessary to close your account?" Don't...
  • How to Style 'Author' Comments Differently on Your MT Blog » By LMT contributor Christian Watson of Smiley Cat. Tutorial cross-posted here. Recently I posted 10 tips to improve the design of your blog's comment section. One of those tips was to make your 'author' comments look different so that your readers could easily see your contribution to the discussion. Here's...
  • Recent Comments » Updated. Adding a Recent Comments section to your weblog is easy and straightforward. There are two basic approaches. The first is to list the last N number of recent comments; the second the last N most recently commented on entries. The Most Recent Comments In this example of Recent Comments...
  • Closing Comments » One measure to guard against spam is to close comments on old blog entries. This is easy enough to do. At the bottom of your Edit Entry window is the pull-down for none, open, or closed comments. If you don't see this as pictured, click on "Customize the display of...
  • Trackback XML Files » This article applies to MT version 3.1x and MT3.0x. In MT versions 3.1x and earlier, you may have noticed in your Movable Type blog archive directory on your web server, a bunch of .xml files beginning with numbers. What are these files and do you need them? By default, Movable...
  • What is Trackback? » Updated February 21, 2007 TrackBack is a feature of Movable Type (and Typepad) that allows you to let other sites know that you have linked to them, and lets you know when other sites have linked to you. If enabled, the TrackBack feature will place a direct link on your...