Akismet on the State of Web Spam

April 27, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The Akismet blog posts a 9-point summary of their findings over the last 5 years they’ve spent combating web spam. It’s a fascinating peek into the different types of spam out there, which has established itself as a highly organized and thriving business in various parts of the world.

Abe Olandres of YugaTech speculates that the first point on the list about human-posted spam, which is reportedly rampant in Southeast Asia, may very well be coming from the Philippines:

They didn’t really mention the Philippines but we all know that among the countries in South-East Asia, the Philippines is the top English-speaking country.

Another interesting discussion is on trackbacks and pingbacks, which are prone to the most abuse by both spammers and unwitting but legitimate bloggers that it’s not a feature anymore, but a nuisance.

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WordPress 2.9.1

January 5, 2010 | No Comments Yet

A beta and release candidate later, WordPress 2.9.1 is finally out. It addresses several issues including errors with cron, pingbacks, and scheduled posts. The entire list of fixes can be viewed here.

If you still have reservations about moving up to WP 2.9, this release should stabilize the upgrade now.

Download WordPress 2.9.1 or upgrade from within your admin panel. Interesting fact: WP 2.9 has passed one million downloads already!

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WordPress 2.8 sends pings by the hour, not instantly

July 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Update (07/22/09): “The delay in ping will change back to direct ping in WordPress 2.8.3.” As posted here.

Curious discovery from En Sur Karamell: changes have been made in WordPress 2.8 to the way pingbacks are being sent. Instead of immediate, real-time notifications pings are now being batch queued by the hour. The post points to the specific code which does so.

To fix the problem you can always modify the code or use MaxBlogPress Optimizer (requires signing up to the developers mailing list), but the question is if the WP development team should’ve announced this change.

For people who don’t really need the real-time benefit of pingbacks, this shouldn’t matter, and can enjoy the optimization this feature change provides. But most blogs don’t really send that many pings, do they? And the author of the blog post argues that now, more than ever, should we be embracing the Real-Time Web—why should WordPress take one step back?

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