No More Trackbacks?
Dean Esmay is getting sufficiently tired of trackback spam that he’s considering doing away with the feature altogether. Kathy Kinsley has more or less cured that problem at OTB, although I still get dozens of e-mails to delete that are autogenerated by the spamming attempt.
Dean asks an interesting question: “How many of you out there actually follow trackbacks?”
My guess is that few non-bloggers do, whereas most bloggers do. Certainly, trackbacks are invaluable as a means of networking within the blogosphere and a key way for up-and-coming sites to get noticed. As a reader-blogger, I find myself more irritated with sites that lack trackbacks (or don’t make the trackback URL easy to find) than with sites lacking a comment feature.