Death to Trackback Spam

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 22, 2006

I give up. Deleting trackback spam is consuming my life—at best, I get about 200 to 300 spams for every valid trackback—and the pure ickiness of many of them is giving me a more jaundiced view of human nature than I prefer to have. So, until we get our trackback spam filter fixed, I’m unchecking the “Accept TrackBack Pings” box on my posts (can’t speak for my colleagues, though). Sorry about that, but I’d rather spend the time writing new posts than playing whack-a-mole with spammers.

Reader Comments

Rob Safuto

August 22, 2006 3:58 PM

You should try using a combination of the Akismet and Bad Behavior plugins. Using those tools has gone a long way towards eliminating naughty activity by spammers on my blog sites.

davis freeberg

August 23, 2006 1:21 AM

I used to have a huge problem with this and even disabled comments at one point because I was getting close to 80 comments spams a day, but ever since I installed Akismet it's been nothing but smooth sailing. I'm not sure what platform you are running on, but if you can use it, it will save you a lot of frustration caused by these scam artists.

Brian Combs

August 23, 2006 1:15 PM

Akismet did the job for me as well. I had been getting a few spams a day, but all the sudden it jumped up to several hundred a day.

I installed Akismet and I rarely see any now. And, the false spam identification rate seems to be very low as well.

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