June 30, 2004

Friday theme: Serenity

Has nothing to do with Firefly at all. Well, maybe a little.

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June 23, 2004

Friday Theme: A Mission in Life

Do you have a mission in life? If so, what is it? If not, how do you assess your achievements in life? Does your mission/pupose change over time? Does your mission give your life meaning?

Posted by phreq at 09:49 AM | Comments (0)

June 16, 2004

Friday theme: to buy

what things do you buy? what do you need to buy? what do you want to buy?

How do you feel about consumerism?

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June 10, 2004

Friday theme: Food

yesterday at a course we did an excercise where you wrote down six words that you thought of to do with stories. Then we compared with a group of four people to see how many we had in common (none). Then we had to write six words to do with food that we thought the others would write too.

Writing for an audience changes the way you think. We had two in common the second time.

Posted by jenni at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)

June 08, 2004

MT advice

Here's a great blog of MT tips and advice (via thousand yard glare). Includes Creating an About Page, with a much better system than I've suggested previously.

PS. No reports this week: I'm an idiot and yesterday was a public holiday.

Posted by iona at 10:55 AM | Comments (0)

June 06, 2004

Using Blacklist, deleting spam, closing comments

A frozen-fingered 'how-to'.

Using MT Blacklist

1. In the comment notification emails, there's a bit that says "De-spam using MT-Blacklist:" followed by a link. Click that link.
Result: If you're not already logged in, the login screen displays.

2. Login and then go back and click the link again.

3. The De-spam screen comes up with the URL from the comment in the Found URLs box.

Because, most of the time, multiple spam emails are all from one domain (ie, apples.pears.com, bananas.pears.com, fruit.pears.com), you only need to ban the primary domain (pears.com). This is more effective than banning all the individual URLs, cos they can just make more sub-URLs.

Adjust the URL so it just says, eg, pears.com, and then click the Go forth now and do my bidding! button. That will delete just that one comment.

4. Now click "De-spam" in the top menu, and MT Blacklist will search through all your recent comments for anything that matches the blacklist (which now includes pears.com).

5. MT Blacklist comes up with a list of spam comments. At the bottom of the list is a button that you can click to delete them all.


Deleting individual comments

To deleting individual comments without blacklisting them (ie, mistakes), go to the entry. The comment should be listed way down below the entry. Click on it, check you have the right one, and click Delete. Are you sure? Yes.

After you've deleted it, you'll need to rebuild your site.

Don't use this method for spam. Use blacklist.

Close comments

If you're having problems with just a few entries, you could close comments on just those entries. To do this, you need to have the Allow comments drop-down available on your Editing form. (If you can't see it, click "Customize the display of this page" and select it.) Then select "Close", and save the entry.

Alternatively, if you want I can close comments for you on all entries more than X days old (if you tell me what X is).

Good luck everyone.

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June 02, 2004

Friday Theme: Attacking

The Friday theme is attacking!

The Pasta is attacking!

My heart is attacking!

Posted by jenni at 06:46 PM | Comments (0)