GreaseMonkey and Trackback Spam Removal

Wow. I can’t believe it took me this long to check out GreaseMonkey. This Firefox add-in, which provides the ability to apply little bits of DHTML to pages on your browser on the fly, changes everything.

Case in point: trackback spam on Manila. There’s currently no way short of manually checking every checkbox in a list of trackback spam to get rid of it all. (Hello, carpal tunnel.)

GreaseMonkey to the rescue! Using the CheckRange script, all I have to do is check the checkbox for the first trackback spam entry, then scroll down to the bottom of the window, hold down the Shift key, and click the last checkbox. All the checkboxes get checked—and in my case that’s somewhere over 100 pieces of trackback spam—and another click deletes the whole kaboodle.

What’s cool about this is instead of waiting for Userland to implement my ideas for better spam management in Manila, I can (to an extent) take some matters into my own hands. Vive la Greasemonkey!

(Oh, and the Google search that is helping me identify pockets of trackback spam is pretty useful too.)