Trackback Spam wave coming?

I popped in the WordPress forums this morning, and skimmed through a thread where someone was asking how to get rid of trackback spam. Since Tom Raftery says there might be a wave coming, I thought I better get some reinforcements.

Enter Mod_Rewrite Trackback Spam Blocker.

Other than that, I’m not using any other plugins like Kitten’s Spaminator (source) or Spam Karma. In here, I’m still using built-in detection methods and holding up well without additional plugins. (Does the Auto Moderate Comments count? 😛 )

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

6 thoughts on “Trackback Spam wave coming?”

  1. I wonder if Mod_Rewrite Trackback Spam Blocker accomplishes a similar thing. Nobody can access the trackback.php file directly, and it’s added to the .htaccess automagically (after resaving the permalink structure). I think I’m trying not to go deeper than what I see in WordPress as much as possible, since everyone might not have the same privileges on their server as we do.

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  2. Sure Bryan,

    however, if you look through your raw server logs, at a time when a referrer spammer accessed your site, you won’t see them accessing the trackback.php or xmlrpc.php file directly, rather, they go to post/trackback/ which is what spamhuntress tries to block in her code.

    Hope this helps,

    Tom

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