Experimenting with Trackbacks

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

I’ve used Movable Type as my blogging software for several years now, but I’ve never taken advantage of Trackbacks before. A few years ago, Trackbacks were being heavily abused by spammers, much like commenting systems have been (in fact, the abuse of Trackbacks was probably partly due to increased protection against comment spam).

I’ve always been curious, but sort of confused about Trackbacks. I mean, understand how they work, but because I’ve never played with the technology before, I must admit that I’m still rather mystified about it.

Considering that the internet is supposed one big interlinking orgy, I’ve decided to finally dip my toes into the world of Trackbacks. Now if you write an entry on your blog that builds off of, or was inspired by, or is in response to something that I wrote, you can use the Trackback URL (instead of the Permalink) and increase your chances that I and my readers will come read your entry.

I do want to point out that this is an experiment and that I don’t have any real experience with Trackbacks, so if I decide they’re not working out, I’ll yank them (but not without trying to make it work first, of course).

UPDATE – Looks like the Trackback URLs begin only recently, so the older entries don’t have the ability to accept Trackbacks. I’m looking into a way to fix this, but the sad reality may be that it’s just too late. In the mean time, I wouldn’t suggest creating any posts that use Trackbacks back to this site, in case I have to manually create Trackback URLs (or do something else that might really mess up the existing URLs).

UPDATE – I now understand what the problem is, and I sort of know how to fix it, but it will probably take a little more time and understanding. I e-mailed someone who went through the same thing previously and found a solution, so hopefully it won’t be long now!

UPDATE – Got it! And I managed it by myself, no less.

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