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  • mork

    (@mork)


    I’ve been in a battle with a spammer lately. Got hit one day with 2,000 comments. I’ve since used a plugin to require commenters to enter a string shown in an image.

    Great. Now a spammer (same guy?) is coming at my with trackback-spam.

    He pings the correct URL, and voila, his junk messages appear with comments.

    I’ve gotten rid of trackbacks for now, but I do like having them available.

    Has anyone else had this problem? What can be done to combat/prevent this?

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  • TheRoss

    (@theross)


    dparmet

    (@dparmet)


    I’m getting hit as well. Must be the new thing.

    I’m going to turn off trackbacks until someone figures out a fix….

    boneless

    (@boneless)


    Having the same problems, aint logging fun?
    How can I turn off trackbacks?

    dormousie

    (@dormousie)


    Seconding the request for info on turning off trackbacks on old posts … like many others, I’m getting bombarded now. Thanks for your help!

    Kunjan

    (@kunjan)


    Ok whats the easiest way or the hardest one to stop Trackback spam…. Nothing seems to stop it. 🙁

    Bryan Villarin

    (@btvillarin)


    Happiness Engineer at Automattic


    I’ve set file permissions for wp-trackbacks.php to 000. I’m trying it out right now and monitoring it to see if the trackback spam stops. It can’t hurt, that’s for sure.

    Moderator Matt Mullenweg

    (@matt)


    They can’t use markup or anything in trackbacks, so they’re relying on a few key words as the author name. I’d suggest adding these to your moderation keys.

    boneless

    (@boneless)


    as far as I know moderation keys dont work on trackbacks, the spam im getting contains many words already in the mod keys

    Bryan Villarin

    (@btvillarin)


    Happiness Engineer at Automattic


    In your admin CP, under Options > Discussion, uncheck “Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)”. I’m not sure what else to do for now. I think it’s working?

    EdPham

    (@edpham)


    btvillarin, it only affects posts after the settings have been changed. Not the ones before it.

    Bryan Villarin

    (@btvillarin)


    Happiness Engineer at Automattic


    Thanks Ed – I think I figured it out the hard way. At least I didn’t say I solved it when it really wasn’t! 😉

    EdPham

    (@edpham)


    Hehe 😛

    Anyway, back to the problem…

    Bryan Villarin

    (@btvillarin)


    Happiness Engineer at Automattic


    Bryan Villarin

    (@btvillarin)


    Happiness Engineer at Automattic


    Also, since that option mentioned above would only apply to new posts, what about the old ones? Is there a query I can run in my database to uncheck all previous posts that were allowing pings? Maybe if I do that, I won’t have to moderate all my comments…

    Joe

    (@joe)


    Anyone up for trying a new, completely untested Trackback Spam Stopper hack?

    Trackback Spam Stopper

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