I’ve always liked trackbacks. A simple way of telling people you’ve linked to them to make backreferences easy and painless for everybody while making related things easier to discover for people who read stuff. I only got a few trackbacks ever and they’ve always tended to be relevant. Which was nice.
But whatever little bit of attention I received (and returned) that way started to go away last year around the time that people started to use del.icio.us en masse. Where you’d simply put a link and any commentary into a blog entry before, you’ll just hit the delicious button in your browser, write a witty line and be gone now. It’s easy, it makes you link to more things for others and even more so for future reference. But it changes the way links are made and commented on a lot.
On the trackback side of things, the world is moving towards spamming now. So should trackback be considered dead now? Dead enough to simply turn it off?
I turned off trackbacks a few months back. Thanks to my CAPTCHA, my comment spam virtually disappeared overnight, but my spammers transitioned over to trackbacks pretty quickly, and I really couldn’t be bothered to get involved in another arms race. As you say, they were useful, but not useful enough to put up with the aggravation.
I turned off comments and trackbacks a long time ago because my host was getting hit pretty hard by spammers and they basically deactivated the movabletype scripts — I received a few spams beforehand, too. I just can’t be bothered with that.
I figure any way a spammer can easily place their content on your page is weakness. And I can see how managing that crap can be tedious.
Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.