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February 1, 2005

All right trackback spammers, you got me

I wasn't going to brag about it, in fear of spammer retaliation, but I thought my little hack of movabletype to require that 'yeah' thing for comments was pretty clever. On their website, movabletype recommends against methods like this, because spammers can easily adapt, but my site is so small, I doubted they'd go to the trouble. The mt code seems pretty well orgainzed, even though some of the Perl is so Perl-y it, well, you don't really care about Perl syntax I bet. But I'll be damned if I can figure out why they've got some php files kicking around in there too.

Anyway, the reason why I bring it up is that, while the tweak was successful (I haven't had any comment spam since), spammers have taken to a new method of annoying me: trackback spam. I got my first twenty sometime this morning. Trackbacks, for those of you who have always wondered why there's 'Trackbacks (0)' on the bottom of most blogs, are how blogs tell other blogs that they're linking to a specific article. That's all well and good, but I've only had one legitimate trackback in my blogging career. I've seen a few solutions for trackback spam, but they all seem like a lot of trouble for how effective they may or may not be.

So, sadly, trackbacks are off for good. They always kind of depressed me anyway, those big zeros at the bottom of each entry.

I'm also turning on anonymous posting, since asking people to put their email address onto a web page is exactly what spammers want me to do. If you do want to post anonymously, I encourage you to at least make up a funny name.

So, that's it for now. Sorry this wasn't more exciting, I've got some more interesting stuff in the hopper.

Posted by Will at February 1, 2005 3:52 PM


I got hit by the trackback spam too. Was searching to see if anyonehad a solution.

P.s, for email addresses i find the best policy is to require them, but to not show them. This means you get peoples email addresses to email them, but spammers don't. This is what I do.

Posted by: Adrian at February 1, 2005 6:41 PM

Got my first trackback spam today. I'm pretty sure it was literally invented in the last 48 hours... and already it's hitting as widely as this. Wow.

Posted by: misuba at February 1, 2005 10:55 PM