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…Digg doesn’t like Bad Behavior?

Digg

Sometimes it just helps to search!

Recently, I was alerted to a problem with DYH and Digg. Whenever a post was submitted to Digg, the user was greeted with the following message instead of the usual Digg verbage:

    This link does not appear to be a working link. Please check the URL and try again.

A quick Google of [Digg + ”This link does not appear to be a working link. Please check the URL and try again.”] turned up this page, which indicated the fact that this issue was due to an incompatibility between Digg and the Bad Behavior plugin.

Since I’m a huge fan of the Bad Behavior plugin and what it’s done to eliminate the spam that this site was seeing, I was reluctant to just remove it.

Thankfully, there’s a workaround, though it gets into php code, so it’s a bit messy for WordPress beginners. However, if you use the Bad Behavior plugin on your own site, and want Digg to Digg, then do the following:

  1. Open up the Bad Behavior plugin folder
  2. Open up the Bad Behavior subfolder
  3. Open a file called “whitelist.inc.php” in a text editor
  4. Find the following text:
    // Includes four examples of whitelisting by IP address and netblock.
    $bb2_whitelist_ip_ranges = array(
    “10.0.0.0/8”,
    “172.16.0.0/12”,
    “192.168.0.0/16”,
    // “127.0.0.1”,
    );
  5. Add Digg’s crawler address (64.191.203.34) as follows:
    // Includes four examples of whitelisting by IP address and netblock.
    $bb2_whitelist_ip_ranges = array(
    “10.0.0.0/8”,
    “172.16.0.0/12”,
    “192.168.0.0/16”,
    “64.191.203.34”,
    // “127.0.0.1”,
    );
  6. Save, and re-upload the “whitelist.inc.php” file

Moral of the story: Almost any problem can be solved with a little bit of Google.

…DYH fixed the comments issue?

Gears

Bad Behavior is a WordPress plugin that I use to prevent link spam in the DYH comment area, though it recently ran into some issues, and prevented anyone from commenting on any post on this site.

I discovered this issue when I was blocked from uploading an image to my own site, so I’m assuming that it was a no-go for all comments for the past few days.

If you tried to comment on a post, but were unable to do so, I apologize, though the problem has been fixed so you should be good to go now.

BTW: If you have a blog of your own, definitely check out Bad Behavior, as it’s helped me immensely with fixing my spam problems.

BTW Pt. 2: If you’re trying to make legitimate comments and Bad Behavior is preventing you from doing so, please let me know through the “Contact” page. It seems to work well, but if it’s blocking legitimate comments, then I may have to reevaluate its use.

Thanks!

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I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog…