The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 November 2006

TrackBack mountain

Since restarting the database in September, I've picked up 209 pings, though only 37 of them were legitimate; all the rest were spam of some sort. And while Movable Type's spam tools are good — not one of those 172 bogus TrackBacks ever made it to the actual site pages — they're also relatively inflexible, and occasional real pings got caught in the Junk filter for arcane reasons. (If it seems like an awful long time elapsed between your ping and its appearance on the pinged item, it's because I don't look in the Junk box all that often.)

On the other end of the spectrum is Diane, who can't get a ping even when she wants one. What used to be a relatively simple process is now become a pain in the neck, and, well, nobody this side of Vlad the Impaler likes neck pain.

Posted at 12:58 PM to Blogorrhea

I totally turned off trackbacks in all my blogs. All they were doing was filling up my database with spam. If people want to link to me they can do so the old-fashioned way.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:41 PM on 18 November 2006