Over the weekend, Noscope has been taking a nap. An unwanted nap, but a nap nonetheless.
I have yet to discover the cause for this naptime, but I have a few theories. Up until the crash, I had been receiving an increasing amount of comment-, and referrer-spam. Additionally, my 404 logs showed a huge increase in traffic for the non-existant file
mt-comments.cgi, which is of course the Movable Type comment file.
On the other hand, I have before made a few mistakes with regards to infinite redirects. Ahem.
So I ask the tech-savvy of you:
- What’s a good way to take the strain off the server, whether it’s a spammer, 404 traffic, or just plain traffic?
- Where can one find a good 404 detection script that writes missing files to a .txt file? Dave Child came to the rescue!
- How can spammers be blocked, if at all?
- Supposedly there’s a bug in PHP bug that “forgets to tell apache to stop writing”. How to fix this? Not applicable.
- WordPress users: Use Staticize Reloaded to cut back on SQL usage.
- WordPress users: Rename
wp-comments-post.phpto something random, and update this in your theme
- MT users: Rename
mt-comments.cgito something random, and update templates that link to this.