Mathew Lowry

A commenter kindly emailed me this morning saying that he has tried and failed to comment on my blog recently. Which may explain the sudden drop in comments. Or maybe not. How will I ever know?

I’d be interested in hearing whether other Blogactiv bloggers have noticed a drop off in comments recently – use Twitter if you want to let me know (@mathewlowry).

Normal service will be resumed shortly, I hope.

– Mathew

PS FYI, I carried out three tests, trying to comment on my own blog both while logged in and logged out, with and without the ‘notify by email’ plugin, which I activated recently.

Author :


  1. Is it fixed? Version 2.

    If this goes live, then the technical people have done their job, and I’ll follow this comment with a quick note to fellow blogactiv bloggers on what to do.

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘1055386704 which is not a hashcash value.

  2. Yep, it looks like commenting works now. Just a temporary glitch caused by upgrading the spam filter to cope with the constant ocean of splog pouring into the servers. May Spammers Roast in Hell.

    If you are a Blogactiv blogger with the same problem, you probably need to enable askimet and hashcash. If I understand this correctly – and I ask the technical people to correct me if I get this wrong – you need to log into your blog’s back-office and:

    1) Dig out any ‘missing’ comments hiding in your akismet spam folder:
    – click on comments, and then Akismet spam.
    – wherever you see a legitimate comment, tick its ‘Not Spam’ box.
    – click ‘De-spam marked comments’ at the bottom of the page

    2) Stop this problem recurring by clicking on ‘Plugins’ (right hand side of the page), and activating both askimet and hashcash.

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘1055386704 which is not a hashcash value.

  3. It was a site-wide problem with WordPressMU, which is used by Blogactiv to power this site. I haven’t worked at Blogactiv for 2 years, so I am in the dark as much as any other blogger here.

    I’ve only used WordPressMU and WordPress standalone (both on and on our own server), so I can’t really tell you whether they’re better than other blogging platforms. But both are certainly very user-friendly, have a huge number of plugins and massive developer and designer communities.

    I guess the easiest way to compare it with what you have now is to launch a free blog on a platform like this one, and just play round. You wont be able to install many plugins on a hosted MU platform, but it will give you an idea of how the basics work.

    Good luck, and let me know how you get on!


Comments are closed.