In my settings I specifically set it not to show pingback/trackbacks, but for some reason it was showing them anyway. I also set it to ignore trackbacks generated from my own site, but that had no effect either. The only way I was able to get rid of the trackbacks was by creating an instance, and then changing the settings for that instance so that it didn't show any trackbacks. Doing so finally got rid of them. Is this normal behavior? Are you supposed to use instances for recent comments, because I wasn't quite sure how that was supposed to work. So far it seems to be working ok though once I generated an instance to use and set it up accordingly.