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Jeremy Cherfas

2018-05-27

1 min read

@phoneboy kindly shared a screenshot of the "webmention" spam he said he had received.

As I suspected, it looks to me like common or garden spam, hence the scare quotes. Of course, I can't be absolutely certain without digging further into the actual URLs, which I'm not about to do, but everything about these comments screams pingbacks or trackbacks. And the solution is obviously Akismet which, to be honest, I am suprised Phoneboy has not already installed and activated.

The day may come when webmention spam is a thing, and people have been thinking about a protocol called Vouch for that eventuality.

Jeremy Cherfas

@vincentlistens I may be missing something subtle here, but if you have a photo as part of your h-card, that works pretty well in an context. Depending on the receiver, it can show up in likes, reposts, webmentions etc.

Jeremy Cherfas

Quick reminder. Virtual Homebrew Website Club to talk about anything IndieWeb-related will start in about 40 minutes, using Mumble. Details at https://indieweb.org/events/2018-05-23-homebrew-website-club

Jeremy Cherfas

People of Europe's timezones!

There will be a [virtual Homebrew Website Club meeting](https://indieweb.org/events/2018-05-23-homebrew-website-club) this evening.

Feel free to drop in and discuss anything IndieWeb.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

2018-05-21

1 min read

A couple of days ago, @phoneboy mentioned the fun he had deleting the spam webmentions he had received on WordPress.

I asked him to document them.

Now Phoneboy replies:

Once I figure out the right settings, I’ll let you know.

And I’m not sure what that means. What right settings? Doesn’t WordPress keep a copy of all comments it receives? It would be really useful to see the contents of those “spam webmentions,” where they came from, what they contained, who sent them, simply because, as I said before, so few of these imagined evils have so far been spotted in the open. Not sure what settings that requires.

Also, the irony of this question has not escaped me:

Also, where did you post this comment? Didn’t see it in micro.blog.

I posted it here. Where else would I post it?

Jeremy Cherfas

@Phoneboy I see you had to delete spam Webmentions. It would be great if you could document some of the details on the wiki. Or at more length on one of your sites. There have been concerns about the spamming potential but few (none?) seen in the wild, so that would be really valuable.

Jeremy Cherfas

2018-05-17-02

1 min read

If you're looking for a really good introduction to the and insights into how it all works, you could do a lot worse than listen to Jeena's podcast with Martijn. They do a tip-top job of explaining for people less knowledgeable than they are, and the audio quality is very acceptable.

Jeremy Cherfas

2018-05-07

1 min read

I think I just need to remind myself and others of the natural progresion of things.

  1. Everything not forbidden is permitted.
  2. Everything not permitted is forbidden.
  3. Everything not forbidden is compulsory

That is all.

Jeremy Cherfas