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September 24, 2004

Trackback

My "most recent pings" box in MT shows a trackback from a post at another blog yet there is no link to the Flea from that post. How do I remove this obnoxious, forced trackback link from my blog? Unfortunately, the "most recent pings" box shows the link this jerk has created but does not show me where in the 75Mb of Flea files it is to be found... Any help is much appreciated!

More thoughts on trackback etiquette at today's INDC Journal.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 24, 2004 08:46 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.ghostofaflea.com/cgi-bin/mt/trackback-engine.cgi/1662

Comments

And another question from my blog-challenged file... how do I go about preventing this guy from creating more trackback links at my expense?

Cheers.

Posted by: Flea at September 24, 2004 10:57 AM

Rue had this problem. She went to the extreme of copying the post to a text editor, deleting the original post, then recreating the post, then backdating and publishing it.

Of course this would wipe out any comments attached to the post...

Are you getting trackbacks emailed to you like comments? There's a switch in MT to turn this on. The email has a link to the specific post the bastard trackbacked.

I'm stumped on prevention. Maybe a Red Ensign Rapid Response Expeditionary Force would be in order. John of Argggh! could supply the weaponry.

Posted by: Ray at September 24, 2004 01:26 PM

Here is the PingedEntry extension that will give you tags to ID the title and link of a pinged post (as in my list o' recent pings). That should do that.

I think IP banning will block trackbacks. Alternately, I think MTBlacklist will block a trackback from a site that is in its blacklist. I'm not 100% certain of that, though.

Posted by: *** Dave at September 24, 2004 01:28 PM

Ray's thought on the e-mail notifications is a good one, too, though that's more after the fact.

Posted by: *** Dave at September 24, 2004 01:29 PM

Thanks, Ray. I have activated the trackback email notification feature so should be able to catch any future instances. I am easily bloody-minded enough to repost material if that is what it takes to delete trackbacks. And rapid response of some kind seems entirely justified.

Posted by: Flea at September 24, 2004 01:30 PM

And thanks, Dave, for the MT Plugin. I am looking at the linked page now and trying to work out where to insert this useful code...

Posted by: Flea at September 24, 2004 01:40 PM

I trackbacked your 'cruel shoes' on one of my recent posts, so, please don't break that link.

Posted by: Rue at September 24, 2004 02:39 PM