The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 August 2006

Proactive scum

When I switched to Movable Type back in 2002, the system numbered each individual archive, starting with 000001, and assigned a similar series to TrackBacks, though inasmuch as I didn't implement TB until a couple of hundred posts were in place, the numbers for posts and TBs don't match up. None of this presented any particular problem.

Then I popped open the Junk TrackBack folder this morning, and there was a TB to a post I hadn't even published yet. (This one, in fact.) Obviously they were just trying numbers to see what would stick, and of course it didn't actually get onto the site, but this is a definite drawback to the numbering system. Newer versions of MT allow post titles to be worked into URLs, and TB links are named accordingly; I didn't switch over when I installed version 3.2, for the sake of consistency. It would be, I assume, harder for a spammer to anticipate a post title than a post number. (Then again, I've had some fairly predictable post titles over the past four years.)

Posted at 7:32 AM to Blogorrhea , Scams and Spams

(Then again, I've had some fairly predictable post titles over the past four years.)

Eventually you'll have a post titled "260."

Posted by: McGehee at 8:31 AM on 21 August 2006

Yes, do go to title-trackbacking! Spamming aside, that sounds like a really awesome pastime: "Send trackbacks to future Dustbury titles." I could make a site for it, like or something. That would be a lot of fun. I'll start right now, with three guesses of upcoming Dustbury post titles:

1. "I'll walk you home again, caffeine."
2. "Livin' on Tulsa's Dime"
3. "Stop! In the Name of Lovejoy"
4. "Search Engine Queries (905)"

Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 8:36 AM on 21 August 2006

(Sorry, that was four guesses, but I added the fourth as a spur-of-the-moment thing.)

Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 8:37 AM on 21 August 2006