The Problem With Pingbacks

John Scalzi

Small housekeeping note: In the last couple of days it’s become clear that “pingbacks” — notifications from other sites that they are linking to posts here — are being used for spam purposes, so I have disabled the ability for pingbacks to be displayed. What does this mean for you, the faithful reader of the site? Almost nothing, as legit pingbacks were very rare in any event. But for those of you who noticed the spammy pingbacks, this is me letting you know they’ve been dealt with.

— JS

8 Comments on “The Problem With Pingbacks”

  1. For Bob Dye above said: Me too.

    I guess the web is something new under the sun, but human nature is not new. Maybe we were always doomed to spam, trolls and social disinformation media.

    Somebody once said the world economically works by incentives, that all else is just preaching. You’re on your own with that one.

  2. Kim Christiansen – Seattle – I develop, optimize, secure and maintain WordPress websites. Knowing that your website is safe, secure, fast and reliable, frees you to focus your energy on running your site instead of worrying about it.
    Kim Christiansen

    Yeah, disabled these for my clients as well. Too much spam and click bait type ping backs.

    WordPress has some cool features that the current security situation on the internet make useless.

    Hope the rest is all good :)

  3. Thank you. Truly, I’m not interested in investing in electronic currency, supporting random pages, or purchasing sure-fire-get-rich-NOW video infomercials for my personal library (act now, get 2-for-1 for an additional processing and shipping fee, which exceeds the cost of the original product).. Currently, I’m enjoying a ping-less Summertime banana-ice cream-whipped cream Burrito. Have a nice week.

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