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In Defense Of Trackbacks.

A terse defense of the trackback feature:

Dean's World is considering taking away the trackback feature from his blog, due to an overload of trackback spam ("over a hundred trackback spams a day").

We would urge him not to do it. Trackbacks are a crucial part of the blogging experience. They allow blogs to communicate in a community-type setting. They make it easy to follow a "conversation" on a topic. It is a very real shame that Powerline, for example, once had trackbacks but now doesn't. It seems like there could be a software solution to the problem.

We would urge all bloggers to keep their trackbacks enabled. If there is an abundance of spam, change the software, but keep the trackbacks.


Outside the Beltway agrees: trackbacks are important.

Also, the main thing that can really be irritating about trackbacks is people who send a trackback ping with no actual link. That's tacky and unclassy and lame. But that's a whole different matter from trackback spam.

Posted by Will Franklin · 8 April 2005 12:29 AM


I haven't seen a prank smashed with such ferocity and swift since me and my buddies tinkered with 2-liter coke bottle bombs in highschool.

Man, was that stupid.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at April 8, 2005 10:12 AM

What blogging engine does he use? I have Wordpress with a few select plugins. Despite up to 2000 attempted comment spams a day, none gets through. I have all trackbacks sent to moderation so trackback spam is dealt with very quickly. "Mass Edit Mode, Invert Checkbox selection, delete all marked, repeat as necessary."

Posted by: Korgmeister at April 10, 2005 10:24 PM

Hey Will,
You know I'm just effing with you with all the trackbacks...I won't be offended if you delete the excess ones! ;-)

For the record, I completely agree - blogs without trackbacks are frustrating, but blogs without comments just plain piss me off. And comment registration (other than Typekey) is a complete pain in the ass. How many UID/passwords should anyone have to keep track of--especially since email addresses do change at times!

Posted by: Beth at April 12, 2005 01:06 PM