Six Apart and MT-Blacklist

Comment spam attacks on Movable Type weblogs are straining servers at web hosting companies, leading some providers to disable comments on the popular blogging tool. The issues are caused by bugs in MT, forcing publisher Six Apart to recommend configuration changes while it prepares fixes. The server load issues have affected "a number of web hosts," according to Six Apart's Jay Allen, and are "especially evident in shared hosting environments." Allen said the problems are tied to two bugs that cause Movable Type to rebuild posts even when no pages are being changed, allowing comment spam attacks to tie up server resources. Six Apart is promising a fix within 48 hours. - NetCraft


I would also like to thank and recognize my employer Six Apart for not only making these last two releases a part of my job but allowing me to make it a priority over other extremely important items related to Movable Type product development. What a great company I work for. They hate comment spam too. - Jay Allen


Jay mentioned somewhere before that when he was hired to work at Six Apart, it didn't automatically mean that MT-Blacklist was one of his priorities. But given all the bad press that Six Apart has gotten in the last few weeks over the issue, and the fact that at this point MT-Blacklist is the only effective solution most of us have discovered, if Ben and Mena want to have a product for Jay to be Product Manager of, it only made sense.