Sam’s Spam

I just got swamped by about 150 bits of trackback spam. Not a problem – I know how to deal with it and I was able to get rid of it all in line of SQL code… and it was also interesting to see that I rank highly enough in common searches to find ‘open’ blogs that I was swamped by so much of it, so quickly.

I’ve been spam-free for months, since I implemented my solution to blog spam, which (as you’ve probably seen) involves answering simple (to a human) questions when you place a comment. But this most recent horde of spam worked by using trackback, a system whereby weblogs tell each other if people write relevant “follow-up” content. And, unlike the comments-spam, which I was able to easily prevent, trackback spam is more difficult, and I’m yet to devise a suitable solution (although I have a clever idea).

I wonder if it was the man interviewed by The Register yesterday who was responsible for this attack?


  1. Bryn Bryn says:

    I suffered the same kind of attack about a month ago. If you come accross a working solution, then let me know. Bloody spammers…


  2. Becky H Becky H says:

    hey dan its your loving sister (becky) i would e-mail you only i am at school and no one has found the time of day to invite me to join g-mail, which yes is the only way i can e-mail from school. laterz

  3. Dan Q Dan Q says:

    You never asked! Send me a text or get somebody else to e-mail me: I need an e-mail address to which to send your invitation.

  4. Statto Statto says:

    I have today been the victim of nasty trackback spam.

    If you get any ideas, do give me a shout!

    In other random interrogation, what is AETMI? I Googled it, and simply got your ‘blog…

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