More Trackback Spam

This is a follow-up to a previous post about trackback spam. I’ve noticed in my server logs that many spammers are still trying furiously to leave trackback spam at the default address. Since that address doesn’t exist, they simply get 404 errors and try again. I already was using a custom error page, and now… Continue reading More Trackback Spam

Trackback Spam

As of its most recent version, b2evolution has a problem with trackback spam. Several b2e users (including Whoo and Graham) have suggested renaming the directory that contains (among other things) the trackback script. In theory, this should eliminate spam from bots but should not effect legitimate commenters and pingers. Here’s a perl script I wrote… Continue reading Trackback Spam

MySQLicious-based Sidebar Item

Walter Cruz told me about MySQLicious, which mirrors your bookmarks in a MySQL database. I think it works much better than my previous sidebar solution, which used Magpie to snarf the RSS feed and built the sidebar item from the RSS feed. Here’s the setup as I’m using it: Setup MySQLicious according… Continue reading MySQLicious-based Sidebar Item

Category list modification (b2e)

Similar to the change I made to the blosxom categorylist plugin, I modified b2evolution’s category list module to only list a category if there are posts in that category. I also inserted a space between the checkbox and the category item. This change goes in the file: {YOUR_BLOG_ROOT_DIRECTORY}/skins/_categories.php Here’s a running tally of the diffs.… Continue reading Category list modification (b2e)

Blog spam

Blog spam is becoming a serious problem. This site has been up for less than a month, and already I’m annoyed by one type of blog spam: referral spam. Another kind is comment spam or trackback spam. Good discussion and some suggestions are on the b2evolution forums here, and my referral spam solution is here. Sidebar Item seems like the greatest thing right now. It’s a social bookmark manager. I’m using the following code right now to include a random set of my bookmarks on this page. Discussion here.

TrackBack Ping Bookmarklet

I’ve made a TrackBack Ping Bookmarklet for Firefox — and mine actually works! Others I’ve seen don’t use the “post” method, which is required by the TrackBack specification. Here’s my TrackBack Ping Bookmarklet. Drag it to your toolbar. Select the URL to which you want to send a TrackBack Ping, then click the Bookmarklet. Fill… Continue reading TrackBack Ping Bookmarklet