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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 12 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 12 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

For some reason, Akismet isn’t keeping up with the spam comments on the blog today, and after deleting several hundred comments, they’re still coming in. Perhaps it’s related to an update Akismet performed last night? Either way, because of this, I’ve temporarily disabled commenting on the whole blog. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to take such drastic action, and I hope to restore service within the next few hours.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Edit: It’s all sorted again now. See the comments for details (it was the Akismet update that did it…)

This 944th post was filed under: Site Updates.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Matt


by Matt

Comment posted at 19:25 on 27th August 2006.

There was a problem with the Akismet service, very sorry about that. The blog has details.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 19:37 on 27th August 2006.

Okey doke, thanks Matt (still slightly jaw-dropped that you found and actually commented here – actually, not for the first time – I read you all the time!)

Here’s a link to the Akismet blog post for anyone who’s interested in it. Of course, the site is back to normal for commenting now (it has been for a while, I just didn’t want to shout about it until I was sure Akismet had everything fixed).

Matt Mullenweg posted here – I’m thinking of adding it as a tagline…!


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