Update on trackback and pingback spam

Posted by on March 8, 2013 at 9:19 am.

Even though it was enabled for less than a day…



WP-Blackcheck did an excellent job of eliminating the trackback/pingback spam I receive, don’t you think? It blocked 2,309 trackback spam comments. As you can see, seven spam comments actually made it into my spam folder. However that spam was manually entered by a person. Anti-spam plugins won’t stop a real person from leaving a spammy comment. However since a persons first comments are always moderated on this site, they won’t ever make an appearance on Celebrate Life.

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If I want to check out the Blocked comments this is what I see.

I most likely will test out a few other Plugins that do a similar job and keep the one that I like the most. I could always disable trackbacks completely, but presently I’m unsure if that’s what I want to do.

I hate captcha


For non-trackback spam, I could use Captcha to catch the autospammers… but I think Captcha is annoying! Don’t get me started on the illegible Captcha codes! I really dislike seeing it on sites that I follow! So why in the world would I add it to mine? Nope, not happening. Leaving a comment on a Captcha site, means one more thing I have to fill out just to comment on a persons site! Why oh why do some people want others to jump through extra hoops just to comment? Oh my goodness, don’t they know how annoying that can be?

I must say it’s a huge relief not seeing a whole bunch of spam waiting for me when I log into the admin panel.

Updating my theme

I use paid themes for my business sites, but haven’t gotten around to making the switch with this site, but that’s about to change. I’m really impressed with the FlexSqueeze theme. Sire has mentioned it a lot on his blog and I’ve decided to purchase it at the end of this month which will be about the time that I’ll be setting up a small site for my daughter so she can have a place to show her stop motion videos.

Since Sire has done a great job of promoting FlexSqueeze and he actually uses the product, I’ll purchase it through his affiliate link.




  • Jennifer says:

    You know I LOVE Unicorns! 🙂
    But I know what you mean! I hate those things OMG! I usually have to enter the code at least 3 times before it takes!

    I have a giveaway on my blog today! 🙂
    Jennifer recently posted..Fearless Friday


    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, Yeah unicorns are nice, did you know your site requires you to enter a Captcha type code to comment? 😉 Sometimes the code is illegible so after a few attempts I stop trying to comment.

    Oh I saw the giveaway, should be a nice prize for someone.
    Opal recently posted..A drop in spam…


    Jennifer Reply:

    I thought I took that off of there! Ggggrrrr! So sorry! I think it might be on there if they don’t sign-in or something to blogger/google…I will look into it! I hate those things! Eeeeek!
    Jennifer recently posted..Yes…I’m a little NUTS


    Jennifer Reply:

    I fixed it! At least I think I did! Thanks for letting me know…let me know if it shows up again! 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Awesome @Jennifer, I just commented on your blog and didn’t have to put in a Captcha code, yeah!
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  • Hahaha this “dear captcha” picture in correlation to your text was really funny! 😀

    Yes, I agree that requirements like captcha are really annoying. But sometimes necessary! (Unfortunately)
    I think it depends on what kind of page you are running. If it’s a popular page and you are talking about subjects that inspires people to comment, then a captcha might be a bad idea. Whereas it might be totally okay if you’re running a page that doesn’t really have content that people want to discuss (I mean people might want to read, but not discuss). What du you think?

    Oh, thanks for a nice reading by the way!


    Robert from Germany


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Robert Pulsen, Thanks for stopping by, yeah that picture describes my frustration when I experience illegible Captcha.

    Whereas it might be totally okay if you’re running a page that doesn’t really have content that people want to discuss (I mean people might want to read, but not discuss). What du you think?

    I’d still opt for another plugin since if I’m allowing people to comment I want to make it as easy for the people as possible to comment. I find Captcha annoying, I don’t want a visitor to leave my site because they hard time trying to leave a comment. If I want to restrict comments and make it simply a resource based site, I’d just disable comments.
    Opal recently posted..Compassion


  • suituapui says:

    I SUPER dislike those captcha codes too! “Prove that you’re not a robot” – imagine somebody saying that to your face – so rude! And at times, can’t make out the letters and numbers even. Want people to comment, should make it easier…nor harder. So pissed off, really.
    suituapui recently posted..Driving around…


    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, That’s the thing about the internet, since some are anonymous those type will tend to say or do things they’d never do in real life. I agree with you, if I’m opening a site to comments then I should make it as easy as possible for my readers. Those that make me jump through hoops or try to force me to sign into some site just to comment won’t get a repeat visit from me.
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