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Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#38207 new enhancement

Disable Trackbacks by Default Keep Pingbacks On

Reported by: dshanske's profile dshanske Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: low
Severity: minor Version:
Component: Pings/Trackbacks Keywords: has-ui-feedback has-ux-feedback dev-feedback
Focuses: Cc:


Trackback is a manual technology. Pingback is an automated technology(automatically pings sites linked to in post content).

The question comes from me as the component maintainer and I'm opening this as a place for if the proliferation of Trackback Spam and the manual requirement has made it worth disabling the receipt and/or sending of trackbacks by default while leaving pingbacks enabled.

I continue to be committed to pingback and the concept in general, but I have to ask regarding the interest in trackback. I'm putting out a call for comment in this regard.

The only recent trackback related requests involve expensive queries to send trackbacks(See #36824).

Related #37007.

Change History (8)

#1 @moonomo
8 years ago

+1 to disable Trackback by default while keeping Pingback enabled for new installation.

It would reduce one more step from my tasks list for setting up a new site. :)

#2 @dd32
8 years ago

I think I've seen discussion of this somewhere else, but I'm +1 for disabling Trackbacks by default (and hiding any associated UI)

#3 @dshanske
8 years ago

Related #34420, which asks whether we should improve the security of trackbacks.

#4 follow-up: @karmatosed
8 years ago

  • Keywords has-ui-feedback has-ux-feedback added; ui-feedback ux-feedback removed

+1 for disabling trackbacks by default.

#5 @egyptimhotep
7 years ago

+1 for this

#6 in reply to: ↑ 4 @lukecavanagh
7 years ago

+100 Yep it should be disabled by default.

Replying to karmatosed:

+1 for disabling trackbacks by default.

#7 @lukecavanagh
7 years ago

Just looked in the schema.php and use_trackback was defined as 0, so if it was set there it would be set as 1.

Does anyone know where in core, trackback is defined as on by?

Last edited 7 years ago by lukecavanagh (previous) (diff)

#8 @dshanske
7 years ago

It is regrettably tied up with pingback. Part of my ticket work is to try and separate the two.

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