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Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Quicky Trackback Attempt

Web has enabled trackbacks on his MT blog just for this test. Thanks, Web! From what I’ve been reading online, this is a significant risk you’re taking. I won’t leave your post exposed while I collect links demonstrating how much better WordPress is at protecting bloggers from comment and backtrack spam – just try Googling “wordpress” and “movable type” together and start reading. Every one I saw was emphatic that WP does a better job.

Of course, my struggles may already be over. I upgraded today to WP 1.5.1.3 from 1.5. More on that later.

Posted by Greg as My Website at 18:27 PST

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Levi Buzolic is a Cool Dude

I guess Levi monitors his comments because he saw my pingback, followed it, and commented on the original post. Thanks Levi! You’re my first commenter outside of friends and family!

I just wanted to clarify that I was confused by his example because I had my WordPress Write Post set to Advanced Controls and he provided a screenshot using Simple Controls. When I changed my settings I saw exactly what he was talking about. With advanced controls, the partial screenshot likes like this:
Write partial screenshot

Levi wrote that “a trackback must be done with the proper trackback URL and you must post that link in the little ‘Trackback’ text box in your Write page.” That’s been one of my concerns all along. Some blogs provide a literal trackback link under the post for you to cut and paste, others, like WordPress, just say “You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.” where “trackback” looks like a link, and I guess you’re supposed to figure out that you right-click on the link and use “Copy Link Location” in Mozilla or whatever it is in other, inferior browsers. Personally, I think the literal string under the post is a better idea – Movable Type shows something like:

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.example.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-tb.cgi/999

which seems a little more user-friendly. I suppose I can hack the WordPress code to do something like that, but I’ll wait until after my next update.

So I guess the trackback link has to be absolutely correct for the receiving blog to accept the ping and place the content as a trackback comment. If I go into Edit mode after I post, I can see the trackback attempts and the URLs they were sent to:
Edit partial screenshot

Most of these look right to me, and since none of them worked, I’m guessing I’m a victim of the known bug in WordPress “Sending trackbacks fails because the header of the POST request seems not to end correctly”. When is the WordPress Codex going to come back up?!

I’ve written specifically about this whole topic of trackbacks and pingbacks so many times now that I’m thinking of making a new subcategory to flag all the posts. While I was searching the WordPress Support Forums, waiting for the Codex to come back up, I saw a recent and fairly-active thread about my other bitch, sending pingbacks to other posts on my own blog. I’m going to have to participate in that discussion, or at least try the plugin one member has provided.

I’m putting in a trackback to Levi’s post again, but I don’t expect it to work. The automatic pingback should, though.

Posted by Greg as My Website at 12:19 PST

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