March 11, 2007


A few changes:

1) Kip says: --Host-based trackbacking is out; Technorati Trackbacks are in. I have added a Technorati View blog reactions link to my templates. However, I still like host-based trackbacks and continue to support them.

2) If you look at individual posts on Modulator (click on the post title or the Permalink at the end of the post) you will see at the bottom a link to Social bookmark this page. This link utilizes the Socializer service. Please take advantage of this. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get this to work on the main page.

3) I've removed the Top Referrers Blogroll from the top of the right sidebar. When the stats got messed up on my host for 6-7 months last year I stopped updating this blogroll and have not started again since the stats were fixed. No one seems to have noticed and everyone that would have been there is still on a left side bar roll.

4) I'm doing some other blogroll tweaking and will report on this next weekend.

Posted by Steve on March 11, 2007

Just to clarify, it was my hosting service, Powerblogs, that killed self-supported trackbacking, not me. Due to excessive spamming.

Socializer is awesome.

Posted by KipEsquire at March 12, 2007 3:35 AM

I changed blogging platforms to escape trackback spam that was crippling not just my site but the server that was hosting it--it was a near constant flood that approximated a denial of service attack. There were literally hundreds of trackbacks per hour that were getting past my spam catcher.

Changing to the new platform worked for the last few years, but a few months back some sneaky bastard figured out how to bypass the trackback protection.

I've been thinking about doing the Technorati trackback, and now that I see all the cool kids doing it, maybe I'll finally get around to changing out my templates.

Posted by zombyboy at March 12, 2007 7:37 PM

When I started getting really hammered (like Zombyboy describes) with trackback spam last year I turned trackbacks (and comments) off on older posts...pretty much everything more than 2-3 weeks old.

This has reduced the stuff down to 2-10 a day (though the jerks try much harder than that).

Posted by Steve at March 12, 2007 8:03 PM

I think what irritates me most is that the jerks have come close to succeeding in killing off trackbacks, one of the things that initially made blogging attractive -- it helped expand the conversation past what you could easily say in someone else's comment section.

Anyway, plan to tweak my templates this weekend--thanks for putting that cliched bug in my ear.

Posted by zombyboy at March 13, 2007 1:15 PM
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