Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Some say closing blog comments is stupid as it kills old conversations. BUT with 300+ spams a day on 5 years of archives, it was driving me batshit. it was so worth the effort to tidy things up. 8 years ago

Claire RobertsonUntitled

I highly recommend taking the time to do this. I am using MT – so I could use the MT plugin CloseComments to do it.
I close all comments after 7 days and very rarely get spam comments now. 10 years ago

KristenIn SQL

I run this SQL on my Postgres DB once a week or so. It cuts the spam to almost nothing:

update mt_entry set entry_allow_comments = 2 where entry_blog_id = 1 and current_timestamp – entry_created_on > interval ‘3 weeks’; 10 years ago

Danny Ayerssemi-automatic, for WordPress

I only occasionally got comments on old posts and it’s made a huge difference in the amount of spam I have to deal with.

Script in host root dir (with simple WP install), the .txt dropped from the filename. Visit periodically, it closes comments on everything up to a week ago. (I’ve not got access to cron, and couldn’t be bothered wiring this in with anything else)

see : 10 years ago

Lee LeFeverMT-Close2 for Movable Type

It’s limited to Moveable Type, but I’m using a plug-in called MTClose 2 that has saved me sooo much time in closing old comments. You can get it here: 10 years ago

CaterinaMan, if I could only find a spare moment

It would probably only take a half or an hour or something. But it is definitely priority C, and so never gets done! 10 years ago

David McCreathMundane, yes.

But I host blogs for several family members and they’re getting hit really hard. MT3 moderation has helped tremendously, but the only posts that get hit are the old ones, and those aren’t getting any new legitimate posts anyway. 10 years ago

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