Commenting Disabled Until's Engineers Do A Better Job of "working on it"

September 26, 2010 by  

Dear Reader:

For the last several days, the spam screening software used by this blog has not been working well. Rather than immediately detecting and eliminating spam Comments, it is adding the comments into a queue for moderator approval.

The spam software says “Akismet has detected a problem. A server or network problem is preventing Akismet from working correctly”. The network problem, it says, is that one of Akismet’s 4 servers is being blocked by I called – the the Internet service provider for the Paul McKeever blog – and was told that NetworkSolutions knows of the Akismet problem, and that it is a problem with Of course, I was given the stock phrase: “…and our engineers are working on it”.

This morning, I woke up to 18 comments, promoting everything from Abercrombie and Fitch to Cialis.

If NetworkSolutions’ engineers are working on it, I hope they never decide to take their engineering ‘skills’ to the task of building bridges for the Commonwealth Games.

The bottom line: until gets the problem fixed, you – dear reader – will not be able to post comments. Turning off commenting is the only way I can avoid having to erase tens of bits of spam every day.

Thanks, NetworkSolutions. Aren’t you glad I paid for 5 years in advance?


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