Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Track Back Woes

Basil wrote an article letting people know the purpose and methods of sending track backs. I read through it and tend to agree with everything he writes. If you do not know the purpose of track backs please peruse his article. He does leave out one of the problems that I have been facing lately. It seems that Basil’s Blog is the only one that is accepting my track backs lately for the open track back posts. OTB and Mudville Gazette will not accept my track backs at all. The author of OTB has explained that my track backs are getting caught in a filter that he has set up (he graciously added my link to his open post) and I’m thinking the Mudville Gazette is giving me the same problem.

So my big question: How do I get around this? I’ve looked through my site and the only thing that seems questionable is the comments made by my good friend and soldier B-Cack. Is there an end run around that I can do to help boost my readership and take advantage of these open track back posts that larger blogs have or am I cursed to stay the small blog that I started as (ignore the hit counter more than half of those was off the strength of one post)? Anyone with a half decent answer please leave a possible solution to my problem.


At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Fitch said...

Doc, I feel for you. I need a little more info on what this filter process is about. Then maybe I could come up with a better idea of how to tackle the problem. Is it based on the inclusion of explicit language (B-Cack) or does it blacklist keywords? I can't really help without more info. I know that I've had no trouble trackbacking OTB and Mudville open posts. Perhaps you could edit comments to remove blacklisted words. Maybe it's Haloscan problems. Try using the Wizbang Trackback tool. Click the link at OTB that says "send Trackback" then bookmark the page for future reference. I use it exclusively because it seems more reliable. Sorry, I'm pretty much drawing a blank so far. That's all the ideas I have right now.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger a4g said...

How 'bout that "quote" from a4g on the front page. That's gotta be like a four-alarm fire for spam detectors.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

It might be A4G's quote but it's honestly too funny to erase. I've tried the stand alone. everytime I try to track back it says it's a successs but then it never gets put on the page.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Uber said...

Ya got me, Doc. I've just discovered how to trackback period. Perhaps the method of elimination would help you figure it out. (like *real* Docs do with food allergies) You could try removing this or that (one thing at a time) then attempt the trackback just to see maybe?

Or maybe A4G could post about Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, online gambling sites, and tons of free porn then try the trackback OTB and Mudville. Just for scientifical purposes, of course. haha

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Basil said...

Try using the Wizbang form and note the error message. If it mentions objectionable content, I'd suggest contacting the other site and asking if they mind helping rundown the offending words. If it's something in the post, I'd check to see if you can re-word. If it's something on the site (a4g's quote), you might want to try replacing the letters in the offending words with their ASCII equivalents.

8 = "V"
E = "i"

and so on.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Basil said...


V = "V"
i = "i"

My bad. Got my decimal and hex mixed up.

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Toni said...

I had a problem with Mudville and got one of those questionable content errors. I emailed Mrs. G. and it was more of a spamming type word that I got caught up in, she did something to change the filter and usually my tbs now work. Although there's been a couple times where my tb disappeared after it posted and appeared. Don't know what that was all about and I didn't follow up on it.

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Fitch said...

four alarm fire for spam detectors

Where does a4g come up with this stuff?

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous B-Cack said...

Instead of getting rid of good ole B-Cack, how about adding words to your title like: " Naked Catholic Schoolgirls" or "Alabama Hand Warmer","Rusty Trombone" or maybe even "Cajun Hotstick"? Just a suggestion?


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