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Q1:I've set up my site to allow TrackBack pings for all new entries, but I have a bunch of old entries that I want to enable as well. Is there any easy way to change their TrackBack states all at once?
A1: Unfortunately, no. As you've already seen, enabling the Allow Pings On by Default setting doesn't change the Allow Pings settings of any existing entries. The only way to accept TrackBack pings for those entries, short of monkeying with the database directly, is to go into each entry and activate its Allow Pings check box.
Q2:Back when we were working with the IP ban list in the last hour, I noticed that it said that IP addresses added to the list would be prevented from sending TrackBack pings as well as comments. How can I find out what IP address a particular TrackBack ping came from?
A2: There's no easy way to find that information. The administration interface doesn't provide a separate screen with details about each ping the way it does for comments. If you really want to find the originating IP address for a given ping, you can look in the mt_tbping table of your site's database (if you're using a database). Otherwise, if you can't do that or you're not comfortable doing it, you may be able to go back through your Web server's log files and find the IP address for the POST request because you know the date and time the ping was received.


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