Unfortunately, if you've posted a comment to a Nullamatix.com post between July 24th and August 29th, they weren't submitted to the queue for approval. This was due to a php.ini setting modification in an effort to enhance security. My apologies if anyone wrote a novel during this time frame. The issue has been resolved and the comment submission form is now working as intended.
For those who don't know, WordPress 2.9.1 was released a couple days ago. As a result, the "WordPress 2.9.1 is available! Please update now." nag is plastered at the top of the admin interface. Since installing yet another unnecessary WordPress plug-in for something so simple seems pointless, I came up with a quick and easy to implement WordPress hack. Don't even bother continuing unless you're comfortable editing a core WordPress file.
Combat Comment Spam
Most spammers aren't clever enough to populate the REFERER header. This code snippet is not only extremely easy to implement, but pretty effective, too. Open up your themes functions.php and drop in the following:
IP Intelligence the ability to retrieve information about a commentators IP address without leaving the "edit-comments.php" page. Version 0.0.1 is capable of retrieving the following information:
The majority of bloggers are forced to deal with spam blogs (splogs, aka scraper blogs), and even though a variety of counter measures exist, they just don't seem to do the trick. Most of the time, splogs will scrape only an excerpt from the post, making the permalink at the bottom of the post useless. Some harvesting software is even smart enough to strip out these attempts at foiling the scrapers, so what's a blogger to do? Today, I introduce a way to deliver entirely different content to these spammers via IP based content delivery.
Alan over at Affiliate Confession decided to announce the release of his new theme, something I didn't even think to do here on Nullamatix. After thinking about it, I don't even remember when the theme was applied, so I'm guessing either thiwww.entrecard.comr the new theme over the old one, but the majority of people are also liars (no one take that personally, just some indirect, very general, brutal truth). Anyway, some good old-fashioned honest comments, suggestions, likes and dislikes would be fantastic and greatly appreciated.
Note: This is a follow up to the original Make Money With a Poor Mans BANS (Build A Niche Store) post. If you haven't read that post, please do so before continuing with this one.
As you might have guessed, I'm ultra concerned about security. Security isn't my area of expertise, nor do I claim to have any superior knowledge in the field, but sometimes being ahead of the game can prove beneficial. Shoemoney's blog has been defaced twice (to my knowledge), simply because he failed to upgrade. This gives me a sense of safety since I not only religiously upgrade, but take additional counter measures as well. One of those counter measures is limiting access to special directories with lighttpd. Let's get to work.