Not a moment too soon, Jay Allen has released an “emergency release” of MT Blacklist, the comment spam blocking plugin for Movable Type. Jay recently won the developer’s contest sponsored by Six Apart, and his victory was well-deserved. Unfortunately, a public release of his phenomenal tool wasn’t available until today for those of us who’d taken the plunge and upgraded to MT 3.0.
Installation took just about five minutes, and I’m now live on the plugin. It’s obvious that a lot of work went into this (and that’s an understatement) — it’s the difference between a hobby and a career. MT Blacklist was a neat idea, but was clearly thrown together to do its job. (That’s not meant disparagingly, by the way. I think Jay would admit as much.) But the new version is as slick a plugin as I’ve seen for Movable Type — and is, by all appearances, spectacular.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve been deleting on average 50-100 comment spams per day. Bob@y6870.com (and all variations thereof), Dante has a special circle of Hell reserved for you. Courtesy of Jay Allen, you may now go there. :)
Update: Predictably, less than 20 minutes after install, MT Blacklist claimed its first victim. Bob, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy: