Well, the conversion to the new site has been working quite well, and it seems people are finding it, for the most part. I’m still working on getting 301 re-directs for the pages on the old site and hope that those will be in place soon.
One great thing about the new site is that I have full control over the commenting system (I had no control on the old site). It seems to work fine for me to approve someone’s first post and then they can automatically post freely (I’m hoping that first approval requirement isn’t putting anyone off). It’s part of the game of fending off the inevitable hordes of spammers (and they have found the new site).
You can follow along with the spam scorecard at the bottom of the right column. Akismet is a very powerful system that quarantines anything it thinks is spam and it does a pretty good job. Occasionally a real post (usually with lots of links) will get caught up, but I can always rescue it out of the spam folder before it gets deleted and manually approve it. The spam techniques are quite fascinating. Some are just massive long lists of links â€” others are more subtle in an attempt to get past spam filters. The ones I love are those that claim to be wanting to start a conversation, usually in the most broken English imaginable (perhaps using random word generators? or really bad translators?), such as…
How ar You?
Nice sickly out of the closet there. At least here where I am at.
Other than that my facvorite movie is playing tonight, I donâ€™t recollect what to forgive as I am pretty chic to this.
Entertain allow in me distinguish how to proceed.
So yearn .. til late then.
How can I delete such moving poetry?
Eric Sterling has mocked up a Personal Marijuana License Application (pdf). Interesting exercise.
Man gets three months in jail for possession of breath mints. Yeah, I’d sue, too.
World’s First Cocaine Bar in Bolivia.
“Tonight we have two types of cocaine; normal for 100 Bolivianos a gram, and strong cocaine for 150 [Bolivianos] a gram.” The waiter has just finished taking our drink order of two rum-and-Cokes here in La Paz, Bolivia, and as everybody in this bar knows, he is now offering the main course.
Illinois: New law aims to fund drug investigations
Convicted drug dealers will help pay for the cost of anti-drug investigation under legislation approved by Gov. Pat Quinn. The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and state Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, will levy a $25 fine on those convicted of drug offenses.
The money will go toward local drug task forces, some of which saw reduced federal funding last year.
Just what we need. More incentive for drug task forces to go after the little guy.
Globallab Solutions of Charlotte Is Handing Out Far Fewer Test Cups These Days, Thanks to the Hiring Drought. […]
“When you opened the doors at 8:30, you’d have five or 10 people waiting,” said Sullivan, who runs the nine-employee company with his wife. “And then, a steady flow all day long.”
These days, it’s more like a trickle. […]
He says business has been in the toilet since October, and he’s seen no recent signs of an uptick.
I’m playing the world’s tiniest violin for them.
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