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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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I killed trackbacks

I was getting bombarded with fake porno trackbacks, and I couldn’t find a way to get WordPress to shove them in my moderation queue, so I turned them off.

Let me know if you have any problems. I don’t know how to bulk edit existing posts to do this inside WordPress, so I fired up MySQL and manually disabled them via a SQL query. Hopefully, I didn’t break anything.

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  1. Hi Adam!

    I had the exact same problem a while back and ended up swapping WordPress in favor of Serendipity, which has been OK so far… It turned out that the spammers figured out a way to post comment and trackback spam by inserting entries into the database *before* the entries were actually made, so that when I posted an entry, there were immediately dozens of spam comments already in the database attached to the entry. *Very* annoying. Don’t know if that problem has been fixed in more recent versions, but I feel your pain… :)



  2. Ha! I don’t have that problem, fortunately.

    It would be fine if I could force all trackbacks to be moderated. It isn’t that much effort for me to bulk block them manually, but, unlike comments, they appear directly on the page.

    I guess the other solution is to patch WordPress to implement this, but killing trackbacks was a 5 minute fix.

  3. You can get a nice plugin to add Trackback and Pingback moderation here: http://mtdewvirus.com/code/wordpress-plugins/.

  4. You may also want to try out Akismet, the new anti-spam service.

  5. Thanks. Those pointers look good.

    However, at this point, I am wondering if I should wait for WP 2.0 before I continue hacking around? I don’t mind waiting a little bit if it will save me porting time later on.