July 05, 2005

Trackbacks Off Temporarily

I've been forced to disable trackbacks temporarily; the spam has been so bad this past hour that Fluffy the Spam Watchdog couldn't keep up. 71 trackbacks in ten seconds after I turned it on. That uses up all the system's memory and it grinds to a halt.

Oh great, comment spam coming in. Back in a tick.

Okay, it looks like that all got blocked. Take a look at the activity log if you like. I cleared it out about twelve hours ago, so it only has about 4000 entries in it so far.

Posted by Pixy Misa at July 5, 2005 05:37 PM | TrackBack

How do I see the activity log?

Posted by David Boxenhorn at July 5, 2005 09:15 PM

David, go to the main menu (the page where it lists all the blogs you have access to) and right under "Edit your profile" it says "view activity log"...

Posted by Susie at July 6, 2005 01:15 AM

Pixy, would the automatic closing of trackback after say one month deal with this problem?

Posted by Simon at July 6, 2005 02:45 AM

It would help, but I don't know if it would cure it completely.

Posted by Pixy Misa at July 6, 2005 05:33 AM

I have a standing rule:

Any spam that makes it past Pixy's valiant efforts is deleted* instantly and trackbacks and comments to that post are closed.

Never let them get the same post twice.

I'm guessing about 1/3 of my old posts are closed. If it were not for Pixy's heroism in the great spam war, I'm sure I'd have done them all by now.

*with the exception of having saved my first ever spam comment.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at July 7, 2005 12:22 AM
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