Why are pingbacks and trackbacks treated as comments? (5 posts)

  1. X-Maj
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Is there any benefit whatsoever to lumping pingbacks/trackbacks together with comments? Because there are major disadvantages:

    1) Moderation rules can't be set separately for comments and pingbacks/trackbacks.

    2) Recent Comments widgets become useless when they get overrun by pingback spam. Even legitimate pingbacks are distracting.

    I know that in an idealistic world, everyone would be considerate and trackbacks/pingbacks wouldn't be a huge liability. But that whole system is seriously flawed in the real world.

    There's got to be a solution other than disabling them entirely. Personally, i would like to have an option that marks all new pingbacks/trackbacks as spam.

    Then i can sort through them and approve the few legitimate ones without the bad ones showing up where my visitors can see them before i do.

  2. hpguru
    Posted 5 years ago #

  3. X-Maj
    Posted 5 years ago #

    What about separating them in terms of moderation rules?

    I mean, why isn't it a default option? These problems come up all the time and the person asking usually spends a few hours/days following suggestions, then gives up on trying to find a good solution.

    I've seen plugins that do this sort of thing but i'm hesitant to install anything that was created 5 versions ago.

  4. hpguru
    Posted 5 years ago #

    You need to tweak your theme. Some themes is already tweaked in this.

  5. X-Maj
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you for your help. I'll ask somewhere else.

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