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02/06/2005: As if blog comment spam weren't bad enough....

As y'all may know, I'm one of the contributing authors/editors at The Birdwatch, a group blog devoted to baseball in general, and the St. Louis Cardinals in particular.

The Birdwatch is managed using Movable Type, and one of the features of Movable Type is that you can configure it to give you email notification of either comments or trackback pings. Imagine my mortification when I received this in my email inbox:

A new TrackBack ping has been sent to your weblog, on the entry 690
(Evidence that Walt's worth what we pay him, and then some....).

IP Address:
URL: [deleted because I'm not giving the bastard the satisfaction]
Title: magazine subscription
Weblog: magazine subscription

love this site! check out my magazine subscriptions
Oh sweet Jesus save us! Trackback spam! Who'da thunk it?

Actually, the thing that puzzles me is why didn't anyone think of it earlier?

Len on 02.06.05 @ 02:29 PM CST

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on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 5:14 PM CST, Brock Sides said

Signifying Nothing has been getting trackback spam for some time.

Trackback spam is actually easier to implement than comment spam, since there's a standard protocol for trackbacks, but comment spam requires customization for every different kind of software. All they have to do is work out the trackback URLs. If I'm not mistaken, in Movable Type the trackback URLs are the same as the permalinks, which makes it an easy target.

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