Open trackback problems (sorry)

Thanks to Cao over at Cao’s blog for pointing out that the link to my open trackback post was broken.

I was wondering why I haven’t got any for a long time.

I’m going to have to ping everyone to let them know it’s back up and active.

Please accept my heartfelt apology. 🙂

Mark B.

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Open Trackback Alliance

Please note: Imagine Kitty Magazine is changing direction and is no longer encouraging trackbacks of a political nature. Right wing or left wing, bashing or backing will most likely be denied. The line between the “right” and the “left” is so blurred that it all seems so pointless. You’re not going to change anyone’s mind anyway, so let’s give it a break.

Open Trackback Alliance

Please trackback to this this URL and link to this URL in your article and your trackback will show on the front page of this blog. For now the 10 most recent trackbacks will show but this may change in the future depending how many participate.

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. 🙂

Trackbacked to:
The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns

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. 🙂

The following have linked to this article:

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.

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.

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.

The following have linked to this article:

Linked to:
The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns
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.

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. 🙂

Open Trackback Alliance logo

The following have linked to this article:

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. 🙂

The following have linked to this article:

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. 🙂

The following have linked to this article:

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. 🙂

The following have linked to this article: