Trackback Spam Gateway

It’s over. My referrer experiment is over… at least, in its current form. Today, I roll out firsttube.com referrer gateway version 1.0. That makes it sound fancy, but it’s not. Basically, it’s PHP to prevent trackback spam. Traffic at firsttube.com has grown steadily, for some reason, and the logs reveal

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HAXX0RED

So, I updated firsttube.com to “revision 9” on Friday, and when I went to show someone last night, imagine my surprise when I found the whole thing hosed. The site was missing entire chunks – random, non-sequential directories, missing entirely. I’ll spare you the details: I got hacked. Someone either

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Trackback Spam, Again

Once again, I am dealing with trackback spam, aka referrer spam. Since firsttube.com records the pages that refer hits to us, I’ve had to deal with jerks who issue HTTP requests so that they get a link back. Too bad they don’t realize that every referrer gets a rel=”nofollow” attribute

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Changes to firsttube.com

I am very excited about how portable Small Axe, the engine that powers firsttube.com, has become. I am going to be upgrading the site in the next few weeks. You won’t see a ton of new stuff, but it will be much more powerful and configurable for me. One place

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Meta: New Feature

I’ve added a little detection script to the comments that records your user agent and tries to put nice little icons next to your name. The icons should depict your browser and operating system. Hovering over the browser icon will show the entire user agent. This detection script is at

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Vacation!

We are getting ready to go to Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in the next few hours. We’re really psyched to see our families. When I get back, I’m going to unveil a new mobile interface to firsttube.com built especially for the iPhone based on some work I did for

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