a thousand papercuts, dipped in lemon juice

This is what I wish for trackback spammers.

For the first fifteen months of this blog’s existence I got no trackback spam at all. Then over the last month or so its been steadily increasing. At first it was just two or three a day. I can de-spam those by hand. For the last couple of weeks its been a regular 17 spams overnight which I deal with first thing in the morning. Tedious, annoying, but workable.

Then this afternoon they got me with about 350 all at once. Cleaning all that up took a lot of time and a lot of bad words.

Trackbacks should be moderated here by MT-blacklist like comment spam is. I’m pretty good at tuning my blacklist filter and it works great for comments. But for reasons I don’t understand MT-Blackist is falling completely on the floor with trackback. This really stinks.

Trackback isn’t all that popular on this site so I’m just going to turn it off.


3 thoughts on “a thousand papercuts, dipped in lemon juice

  1. I had mine turned off from the get-go. Looks like I made the correct choice. I am still getting about 10-20 bogus comments per day, but I guess that’s just the price you pay . . .

  2. I had a similar experience. I only ever got one or two legitimate trackbacks, but then I started getting massive trackback spam until I turned it off completely.


    On the other hand, my home-made CAPTCHA has worked wonders in stopping comment spam.

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