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Friday, February 20, 2004



Trackback bonanza

As you can see I went ahead and implemented this novelty into the blog - just for the heck of it mostly. But there are some things that need clarifying.

1. For instance, there is a certain redundancy between PermaLink and TrackBack - the only difference is that when somebody refers to your post's ID through a PermaLink URL you will likely never know about it (unless Technorati spiders the offending blog for you).

2. Unlike Movable Type and other trackback-enabled systems, your Haloscan TrackBack has a haloscan.com URL with your haloscan user-name as the only identifier that a certain post ID comes from your particular blog. Under these circumstances it probably makes sense to update your haloscan Settings with a full URL of your blog displayed in the Title field. Referring to the PermaLink URL is still less confusing - since it clearly shows where the post came from.

3. If you want to notify the author of a post that you're bitching about it on your own blog, "the post that you're interested in writing about needs to be TrackBack-enabled" (from MT tb faq). Which means that it's a very selected group of bloggers. So join the club.

4. Since you're not on MT, you have to do the "notify" part manually - by logging in into haloscan's trackback manager and typing in a lot of infos. Is that a drag of what?

In the end, I can safely say that I don't really need to have a trackback feature on this blogspot thing of mine. But figuring out how this works was pretty amusing :)





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