Caught this tidbit from the WordPress news headlines – how to defeat sploggers, blackhat SEOs, and other kinds of content thieves by feeding them their own special RSS feed. If they’re going to use RSS to steal content, feed ’em crap, like, oh, their own WHOIS data or George Carlin’s words you can’t say on television (or whatever).
Good stuff. The code in the article will only work with WordPress, but in theory the concept could be (easily?) extended to other platforms. Also, it won’t work if your feed is being picked up by a service like FeedBurner, so YMMV. Still, any little thing to put some sand in their lube, eh?
19 Jul 06 6:58A PDT Update: Jonathan Bailey, the author of the linked piece, stopped by last night and pointed out that there is code in the article that utilizes the .htaccess file, which would work regardless of your blogging/forum/image gallery/other content-related software. He also pointed out that none of these solutions will work on the free ‘turnkey’ sites such as WordPress.com, Blogspot.com, or any other fully-hosted services that keep the blogs inside pretty secure sandboxes.