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May 24, 2007

Head's Up About Comments & IP Addressing

I entered a new spam address checker into Movable Type's database and discovered that I was being blocked from commenting on my own site because the IP address Embarq (my Internet provider) has temporarily provided me is on the spam list. Way to go, Embarq!

Anyway, I've fixed this glitch, but you might want to check to see if you can leave a comment by dropping one here. Just a plain comment -- don't confuse the comment filters by adding a URL. If your comment gets swallowed by the ether, drop me an e-mail. If I get too many dropped comments, I'll decide what to do from there.

Update, 2:35pm: It's blocking too many people. I've dropped it for now.

Posted by john at May 24, 2007 10:46 AM

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Kaytie | May 24, 2007 10:57 AM

A comment for the cause.

Phil | May 24, 2007 11:00 AM

*thump thump thump*
Is this thing on?

Nikitta | May 24, 2007 11:07 AM

One two - One two

*thinks hard*

three!

Jonathan Adams | May 24, 2007 11:09 AM

meep meep?

Sarcasmorator | May 24, 2007 11:13 AM

Zeeba Zeeba Eata

John H | May 24, 2007 11:15 AM

My plain comment: The corn is as high as an elephant's eye, An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky.

Amanda | May 24, 2007 11:18 AM

"It is better to be a pirate than to join the navy."

Yarr!

Steve Buchheit | May 24, 2007 11:19 AM

Marching, marching to shibboleth
with the eagle and the sword (Eagle and the Sword!).

Kate Nepveu | May 24, 2007 11:19 AM

I wish that wishes were indeed horses, and that therefore, being beggars, we could ride.

Leo Z | May 24, 2007 11:23 AM

this is a comment

cisko | May 24, 2007 11:27 AM

This is not a pipe.

Elaine | May 24, 2007 11:28 AM

I'm good.

AliceB | May 24, 2007 11:30 AM

This computer works.

Mary Robinette Kowal | May 24, 2007 11:32 AM

An attempt to comment.

skip | May 24, 2007 11:33 AM

Ping!

John H | May 24, 2007 11:35 AM

Do you have any control over which RBL the spam filter uses? It may be using one that is overly aggressive or is meant solely for email spam. (For example, some RBLs block DSL and cable modem subscribers indiscriminately since those users should not be running their own SMTP servers. That's great for lowering email spam, but not so good for protecting a blog...)

Sally Lou Liz | May 24, 2007 11:35 AM

So, what do ya think of the weather we've been having?

Jim Wright | May 24, 2007 11:37 AM

The munchkins giggle, but remain unconvinced that you're a witch.

Jim Wright | May 24, 2007 11:38 AM

Well, that's nice. I'm officially spam.

Joe Hass | May 24, 2007 11:38 AM

IM IN UR COMENTS, TSTING TH MACHEEN

PixelFish | May 24, 2007 11:38 AM

anyone lived in a pretty how town

Adam Lipkin | May 24, 2007 11:41 AM

Ce n'est pas un commentaire

John Scalzi | May 24, 2007 11:43 AM

Jim Wright:

Your blockage was because you used the word "muchkin," actually. No seriously. Look, don't ask why. It's fixed now.

JJS | May 24, 2007 11:51 AM

testing ... testing ... 1 ... 2 ... 3

chang, realer than evar! | May 24, 2007 11:54 AM

CHANG IS IN THE HIZZLLLEEEEEE!!!!!!

JT | May 24, 2007 11:55 AM

Good ol' Embarq... Back when they were Sprint, they used to UPS packages from one end of the building to the other out here. I imagine that's still in practice.

Assuming this goes through, SBC Yahoo DSL (or AT&T Yahoo, whatever they're calling it now) works.

Ron | May 24, 2007 11:56 AM

*Insert witty banter here*

John | May 24, 2007 12:02 PM

Test.

Carol Elaine | May 24, 2007 12:03 PM

May I have a test, please?

Thank you.

Bill Schafer | May 24, 2007 12:05 PM

I haven't studied for this test, oh bother.

Tom | May 24, 2007 12:12 PM

I, too, had the experience of blocking myself from my own blog. I had to use a friend's computer to put myself back in.

Ewan | May 24, 2007 12:17 PM

On the height of cornfields... is that another Uncle Bonsai fan in the house, or mere coincidence?

[" Life passing by
Staring up at the sky
In a corn field as high
As an elephant's eye
Though I don't know why
An elephant might be in Iowa..."]

RooK | May 24, 2007 12:18 PM

I claim this ether in the name of mighty Canuckistan!

Bill | May 24, 2007 12:19 PM

If de-lurking helps test the spam filter, what the heck.

kevboy | May 24, 2007 12:19 PM

Heart in my throat, I send this out into potential nowhereness....

Kate | May 24, 2007 12:20 PM

Getting my freak on!!!

joelfinkle | May 24, 2007 12:20 PM

uhhh...check chk chk
check two two two two
*squaeeeeeeeeeeeee*

Yup, that's feedback for ya.

Subspace | May 24, 2007 12:28 PM

Small things wax exceedingly mighty, being cunningly combined; Furious elephants are fastened, by ropes of grass-blades, twined.

Patrick | May 24, 2007 12:33 PM

As the Germans say --

"Ihr Affe hat mich in einem Netz eingeschlossen und alle meine Schl├╝ssel gegessen"

kevboy | May 24, 2007 12:33 PM

PHEW... I was afraid I'd be filtered for 'nowhereness'.

Dan | May 24, 2007 12:35 PM

Why is my Swiss cheese weeping?

Julie | May 24, 2007 12:37 PM

Mary had a little lamb...

Dr. Phil | May 24, 2007 12:43 PM

Having already commented in the next topic, I'll ping-and-comment here knowing that if it doesn't show up, it will only be because of the wanton use of italics.

Dr. Phil

"What's wrong with being a belts-and-suspenders man?"

Jeri | May 24, 2007 12:53 PM

Voobah voobah voobah BLEEP

Scott | May 24, 2007 01:05 PM

I will lift up the hook
You will see something new
Two things
And I call them "Thing One" and "Thing Two"
These things will not bite you
They want to have fun
Then out of the box came Thing Two and Thing One

rick gregory | May 24, 2007 01:21 PM

Comment... comma plain.... comma type 2.

patriotic duty done. Hopefully Dictator Scalzi approves of effort

Dan | May 24, 2007 01:28 PM

Rats... I've been filtered. I guess it's just me out here alone on the ice wondering why the world is trying so hard to crush me.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quite drinking.

John H | May 24, 2007 01:33 PM

Ewan: No, I confess that I borrowed that from Rodgers and Hammerstein.

There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye,
An' it looks like it's climbin' clear up to the sky.

Oh, what a beautiful mornin',
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I got a beautiful feelin'
Ev'rything's goin' my way.

Djscman | May 24, 2007 01:40 PM

I am not a number. I am a free man!

Erin | May 24, 2007 01:46 PM

"The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plains." In America, it prefers picnics.

Liz B | May 24, 2007 01:50 PM

I don't comment often, but *test* nonetheless.

El | May 24, 2007 01:57 PM

testing 1-2-3 testing

jgb | May 24, 2007 02:08 PM

867-5309

Patrick in the Philippines | May 24, 2007 02:18 PM

No matter where you go, there you are.
-Buckaroo Banzai

Anne C. | May 24, 2007 02:23 PM

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

deCadmus | May 24, 2007 02:30 PM

It's a series of tubes. Tubes!

Angelle | May 24, 2007 02:36 PM

Must . . read . . . Scalzi . . to drown out . . . coworkers . . . rehashing Lost finale.

*gasp*

Bill Estep | May 24, 2007 03:55 PM

testing, testing...is this thing on?

hugh57 | May 24, 2007 05:19 PM

Never try to out stubborn a cat.
--Lazarus Long

Erika | May 24, 2007 06:23 PM

I'm on ur blog, commentin on ur post.

Jim Wright | May 24, 2007 06:40 PM

Your blockage was because you used the word "muchkin," actually. No seriously.

Heh. That's fairly funny, Munchkin Blockage. Is there a lot of spam out there using the term "munchkin?" Munchkin Enhancement Products maybe or West African Munchkin investment schemes?

The quote was from the ancient Zork! text adventure game (from the instruction manual, actually, it never appears in the game itself). Maybe your spam filter has something against MS-DOS?

Brenda | May 24, 2007 07:22 PM

Testing.
Hope you have a good turnout at your local book signing.

clvrmnky | May 24, 2007 08:31 PM

Check, 1-2. Check, 1-2. Check.

Hello Winnipeg! Are you ready to ROCK!

George E. Martin | May 24, 2007 10:07 PM

John H said above:

Do you have any control over which RBL the spam filter uses? It may be using one that is overly aggressive or is meant solely for email spam. (For example, some RBLs block DSL and cable modem subscribers indiscriminately since those users should not be running their own SMTP servers. That's great for lowering email spam, but not so good for protecting a blog...)

Oh yes! Consider SORBS, http://www.au.sorbs.net

Not very long ago I had to look up an IP there which was related was to a very innocent email which was marked as "{SPAM?}". I found:

Netblock 75.161.0.0/18 (75.161.0.0-75.161.63.255)

That's part of a block belonging to QWest and it sort of looks like they requested the listing:

Additional Information: [[#144914] Qwest supplied list (06/02/07)] Dynamic/Generic IP/rDNS address, use your ISPs mail server or get rDNS set to indicate static assignment.

There is something of an explanation at http://www.au.sorbs.net/faq/dul.shtml and other links at the SORBS site.

George

Wil | May 24, 2007 11:12 PM

Late to the party, per usual.

Kendall | May 24, 2007 11:12 PM

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to blog we go....

hnu | May 25, 2007 12:48 AM

Dunno if it's any use now, but... here: comment.

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