[wp-hackers] Trackback Validator plugin now available.
dougal at gunters.org
Thu Aug 25 18:50:20 GMT 2005
Dan Sandler wrote:
>> Its no doubt that this plugin will eliminate almost all of Trackback
>> SPAM, but then, there will be a lot of false positives as well,
>> because people who generally use Trackback, they don't link to
>> (all)the websites/blogs where they are sending trackbacks. [example
> So, this is an interesting question. Is Trackback-without-link that
> common a use case?
That probably depends on 1) who you ask, and 2) your definition of
> [In my own personal experience, I don't think I've ever TB'd a site
> without sending a URL (thanks to WordPress doing the right thing), and I
> can't remember ever having received a URL-less TB. (But my mileage
> varies, apparently.)]
I've both sent and received legitimate trackbacks without reciprocal
linkage. However, I'd say that it's not a frequent occurence. Most of
the time I'm only trackbacking something that I'm linking to.
> My personal opinion is that "provide a URL if you want to Trackback me"
> is a reasonable limitation to place on the technology in order to curb
> abuse, but if linkless Trackbacks make up more than (say) 25% of all
> valid TBs, I guess it's not so reasonable.
Providing the option to send them to moderation would probably be good.
Personally, I've found that a well-populated set of moderation and
blacklist keys keeps my site pretty clean. Every once in a while I see
spurts of some new type of spam run that makes it through. But those
just become new data for the spam words.
Dougal Campbell <dougal at gunters.org>
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