Open Trackback Weekend

I think I am going to switch my open trackback day to the weekend. Probably Friday through Sunday.

Every Weekend I will try to have an Open Trackback article.

From the Open Trackback Alliance FAQ:

The entire concept is to encourage bloggers to showcase their best recent articles on other blogs which may not otherwise recognize or know about their works.

Open Trackback Alliance members have agreed to create an open article at least once a week, which anyone can create a link to their own blog articles…

So link up your best article. Let’s see what you’ve got. 🙂

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Props to Akismet

Akismet has not let a single spam get through. It is worth switching to WordPress just to get this plugin. I’ve been getting quite a bit of sucky spam comments lately. I’m sure this has something to do with my page views going from about 40 per day to over 170 per day.

Spammers, you suck! Losers.

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Open trackback Friday

I’m posting this one on Thursday night and will let it run until Sunday night. My son has tomorrow off of school so we’re going to do something fun.

Every Friday I will try to have an Open Trackback article.

From the Open Trackback Alliance FAQ:

The entire concept is to encourage bloggers to showcase their best recent articles on other blogs which may not otherwise recognize or know about their works.

Open Trackback Alliance members have agreed to create an open article at least once a week, which anyone can create a link to their own blog articles…

So link up your best article. Let’s see what you’ve got. 🙂

The following have linked to this article:

My suggestion to anyone trackbacking to my blog using WordPress 2.x would be to go to your admin panel, under Options -> Discussion uncheck the box that says “Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.)” This is what I have done, it speeds up posting and also stops outgoing pingbacks.

With trackbacks you get a nice summary of the incoming post, with pingbacks you get a what the WordPress development team calls “context” and what I call nonsense. If only I could suppress incoming pingbacks without suppressing incoming trackbacks as well peace would rule the world.

A gift from Mom

Today day my Mom gave me a nice present. She let me upgrade her iMac from OS 9 (with IE/Mac as her default browser) to OS X (with Safari).

Mom and change do not go together very well but she took to OS X quite well. That 400MHz G3 was partying like it was 1999. Yeah, the old Lime Green is kinda old but it’s served her well (it served me well, too, before it was her’s).

Now that she’s using Safari everyone around the world can stop hacking their web pages to work for IE/Mac. I’m pretty sure she was the last person on earth using it.

If anyone out there is actually still using IE/Mac please read this.

Thanks Mom. I’m proud of you.

Open Trackback Friday

I’m posting this one on Thursday night and will let it run until Sunday night. My son has tomorrow off of school so we’re going to do something fun.

Every Friday I will try to have an Open Trackback article.

From the Open Trackback Alliance FAQ:

The entire concept is to encourage bloggers to showcase their best recent articles on other blogs which may not otherwise recognize or know about their works.

Open Trackback Alliance members have agreed to create an open article at least once a week, which anyone can create a link to their own blog articles…

So link up your best article. Let’s see what you’ve got. 🙂

The following have linked to this article:

My suggestion to anyone trackbacking to my blog using WordPress 2.x would be to go to your admin panel, under Options -> Discussion uncheck the box that says “Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.)” This is what I have done, it speeds up posting and also stops outgoing pingbacks.

With trackbacks you get a nice summary of the incoming post, with pingbacks you get a what the WordPress development team calls “context” and what I call nonsense. If only I could suppress incoming pingbacks without suppressing incoming trackbacks as well peace would rule the world.

Camino 1.0 Stable release

Camino is a Mac only browser (that’s the way to stick it to the man). After trying it out is seems much snappier than both Safari and Firefox. It comes with “Web Standards” links in the bookmarks (always a good sign). It handles javascript that Safari chokes on (such as the buttons in WordPress’ Write Post panel and the buttons in all the major forums post pages).

I do believe this is going to become my default browser.

Download it here.

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Updated IKM Standards forums to simple machines

Like many I have grown weary of the constant updates and security holes in phpBB and having to constantly hack the templates to make them comply with W3 standards, I decided to give Simple Machines a try.

I like it.

I like it enough to replace the forum I have on this site. This forum is for the discussion of web standards. All are welcome to join.

Simple Machines uses valid markup and css right out of the box. I’m quite impressed by this as it seems to be a non-issue to the phpBB community.

I’m now working on figuring out the template system on Simple Machines so that I can make some adjustments.

More to follow.

More news on the WordPress trackback issue

In my WordPress Trac Ticket concerning the WordPress teams preference of pingbacks over trackbacks, I went ahead and reopened the ticket with the following complaint.

I’m going to go ahead and disagree with you completely on this. You say “More contextual”, I say “More nonsensical”. It just doesn’t work the way you think it does in practice, maybe in theory but not in actual use of the software. With a trackback you get a purposeful summary (the first few words of the post) with a pingback you get partial sentences and a few words that just happened to surround the link to your blog.

It may “handle international encoding better” but why not make trackbacks do the same?

I can understand how they are more “spam resistant”, I’ll give you that one (one out of four isn’t so hot though). With new spam suppression software available I don’t see this as much of a problem.

“Better link text”? No. Adding the post title to the link doesn’t look as nice as trackbacks Blog name followed by an unlinked post title. The trackback way is much preferred.

It seems that some people are using my fix of switching the code in execute-pings.php so that trackbacks go out first.

<?php
require_once(’../wp-config.php’);
// Do Enclosures
while ($enclosure = $wpdb->get_row(”SELECT * FROM {$wpdb->posts}, {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE {$wpdb->posts}.ID = {$wpdb->postmeta}.post_id AND {$wpdb->postmeta}.meta_key = ‘_encloseme’ LIMIT 1″)) {
$wpdb->query(”DELETE FROM {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE post_id = {$enclosure->ID} AND meta_key = ‘_encloseme’;”);
do_enclose($enclosure->post_content, $enclosure->ID);
}
// Do Trackbacks
$trackbacks = $wpdb->get_results(”SELECT ID FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE CHAR_LENGTH(TRIM(to_ping)) > 7 AND post_status != ‘draft’”);
if ( is_array($trackbacks) ) {
foreach ( $trackbacks as $trackback ) {
do_trackbacks($trackback->ID);
}
}
// Do pingbacks
while ($ping = $wpdb->get_row(”SELECT * FROM {$wpdb->posts}, {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE {$wpdb->posts}.ID = {$wpdb->postmeta}.post_id AND {$wpdb->postmeta}.meta_key = ‘_pingme’ LIMIT 1″)) {
$wpdb->query(”DELETE FROM {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE post_id = {$ping->ID} AND meta_key = ‘_pingme’;”);
pingback($ping->post_content, $ping->ID);
}
?>

Thanks for listening. I’m just politely disagreeing with you and letting you know that I’m not the only one that feels this way about it.

Anyone wanting to try this out can download execute-pings.php here.

You may then test this out by using this post. If you include a trackback and a ping back the trackback will be sent out first ensuring its reception.

This post is considered “Open Trackback” with no time limits.

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Diane’s Stuff (twice) Sorry Diane (I always do that to her).

Open Trackback Day!

Every Friday I will try to have an Open Trackback article.

From the Open Trackback Alliance FAQ:

The entire concept is to encourage bloggers to showcase their best recent articles on other blogs which may not otherwise recognize or know about their works.

Open Trackback Alliance members have agreed to create an open article at least once a week, which anyone can create a link to their own blog articles…

So link up your best article. Let’s see what you’ve got. 🙂

The following have linked to this article:

To the WordPress development team. Here’s proof that pingbacks stink compared to trackbacks (see comments). With trackbacks you get a nice summary of the incoming post, with pingbacks you get a what you call “context” and what I call nonsense. If only I could suppress incoming pingbacks without suppressing incoming trackbacks as well peace would rule the world.

My suggestion to anyone trackbacking to my blog using WordPress 2.x would be to go to your admin panel, under Options -> Discussion uncheck the box that says “Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.)” This is what I have done, it speeds up posting and also stops outgoing pingbacks.

Changes to execute-pings.php

In my disagreement with the powers-that-be of the WordPress creators and coders, I expressed the need for Trackbacks to take precedence over Pingbacks. They marked my trac ticket as WONTFIX so I did it myself.

I simply rearranged the order in which the pings are sent putting trackbacks before pingbacks:
<?php
require_once('../wp-config.php');
// Do Enclosures
while ($enclosure = $wpdb->get_row("SELECT * FROM {$wpdb->posts}, {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE {$wpdb->posts}.ID = {$wpdb->postmeta}.post_id AND {$wpdb->postmeta}.meta_key = '_encloseme' LIMIT 1")) {
$wpdb->query("DELETE FROM {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE post_id = {$enclosure->ID} AND meta_key = '_encloseme';");
do_enclose($enclosure->post_content, $enclosure->ID);
}
// Do Trackbacks
$trackbacks = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT ID FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE CHAR_LENGTH(TRIM(to_ping)) > 7 AND post_status != 'draft'");
if ( is_array($trackbacks) ) {
foreach ( $trackbacks as $trackback ) {
do_trackbacks($trackback->ID);
}
}
// Do pingbacks
while ($ping = $wpdb->get_row("SELECT * FROM {$wpdb->posts}, {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE {$wpdb->posts}.ID = {$wpdb->postmeta}.post_id AND {$wpdb->postmeta}.meta_key = '_pingme' LIMIT 1")) {
$wpdb->query("DELETE FROM {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE post_id = {$ping->ID} AND meta_key = '_pingme';");
pingback($ping->post_content, $ping->ID);
}
?>

It seems to be working and it makes much more sense this way.

You can download the updated file here.

You may then test this out by using this post. If you include a trackback and a ping back the trackback will be sent out first ensuring its reception.

This post is considered “Open Trackback” with no time limits.

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Upgraded to WP 2.0.1

After much complaining and being generally annoying to the WordPress writers and coders I decided to upgrade to 2.0.1

Trackbacks seem to be working but I will have to do some more tests.

Also, word press is flawed in the way that if both a trackback and a pingback goes to the same blog the trackback gets suppressed. I changed execute-pings.php so that trackbacks go out first to see if that will avoid that from happening.

More testing and possibly complaining to come. 😉

Open Trackback Friday

Every Friday I will try to have an Open Trackback article.

From the Open Trackback Alliance FAQ:

The entire concept is to encourage bloggers to showcase their best recent articles on other blogs which may not otherwise recognize or know about their works.

Open Trackback Alliance members have agreed to create an open article at least once a week, which anyone can create a link to their own blog articles…

So link up your best article. Let’s see what you’ve got. 🙂

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