Micro.blog

kfitz
kfitz

I’m experimenting with Webmentions and Semantic Linkbacks, at Chris Aldrich’s suggestion. Theoretically, if you reply to this post on micro.blog, the reply will aggregate to kfitz.info. Assuming I have things properly configured, which is no small assumption.

kfitz
kfitz

@kfitz Weirdly, it took some editing on the kfitz.info version of this post to get it to appear at micro.blog. But here we are now.

In reply to
kfitz
kfitz

@kfitz Hey, it worked! But comments on the kfitz.info version of the post appear to be closed, and I’m not sure why.

ayjay
ayjay

@kfitz Interesting! I thought about that, but decided that I want to deal with responses only here. Not on blog.ayjay.org, where comments are not enabled, and not on Twitter, which I don’t look at. I’m eager to see whether this becomes a place for conversation.

kfitz
kfitz

@ayjay It makes total sense not to aggregate replies if comments aren’t enabled. I’ve been frustrated since the birth of Twitter/FB that discussion of posts gets carried off into those spaces, making the blog less a space of conversation than it once was.

ayjay
ayjay

@kfitz A very good point. I might re-enable comments — I disabled them because I had to moderate comments on Text Patterns and didn’t want to have to do it in another place.

ayjay
ayjay

@kfitz And when you have a WordPress blog, in my experience, the spam comments are fierce (much worse than on Blogger for some reason).

kfitz
kfitz

@ayjay Yeah, I absolutely would not survive without Akismet, which has apparently blocked 2,068,467 spam comments since I enabled it (567 since I cleared the cache today).

c
c

@kfitz Hooray! Looks like you've got it up and running. Keep in mind that you can allow comments but moderate them all before they appear on your site.

Keep in mind that in addition to comments coming back from micro.blog, you'll also be able to receive reactions from other stand-alone websites that send webmentions.

c
c

@kfitz The setting(s) for this are typically found at kfitz.info/wp-admin/... under "Other comment settings" or with the checkboxes in the "Discussion" meta-box in the administrative UI when editing a particular post. (If necessary, you might have to click on the "Screen Options" tab in the upper right of your dashboard while editing a post to make sure the meta-box for Discussion is checked to make sure it appears in your editor.)

smokey
smokey

@kfitz Did you happen to make the post using the Micro.blog app? There’s a bug, at least in the iOS app (not sure if it’s in the Mac app, too, or not), that sets comments to closed on every post made with it. @colinwalker has written a little WordPress function to work around the bug.

manton
manton

@smokey @kfitz Probably from both platforms because as far as I can tell it's a WordPress bug. I think I have to add a comment preference to Micro.blog as a work-around.

colinwalker
colinwalker

@manton @smokey @kfitz Probably is a WP big as 'comment_status' for each post should equal whatever 'default_comment_status' is set to but doesn’t when the post comes in via XML-RPC.

A toggle that forces it to send comment_status would work.

kfitz
kfitz

@manton @smokey I did post from the Micro.blog app, and I noticed that an Aside posted from the WP backend does have comments enabled. Thanks for this!

academicdave
academicdave

@kfitz did you get this working? right now I am hosting micro.blog at their site, but ability to archive discussions might move me to self hosted wordpress

kfitz
kfitz

@academicdave Mostly! If you look at kfitz.info/3186-2/#comments you’ll see a lot of replies to the original micro.blog post as well as other mentions. I’m also using Brid.gy to pull in replies on Twitter.

kfitz
kfitz

@academicdave The only problem right now is that something is preventing graveyard from rendering in semantic linkbacks. See the blank spaces under Likes, Reposts, etc on kfitz.info/why-not-blog/#comments.

academicdave
academicdave

@kfitz good to know. Might wait on this a bit. Can only handle so much moving of digital assets at a time.

kfitz
kfitz

@academicdave PS: “graveyard” = autocorrect for “gravatars”

dancohen
dancohen

@academicdave I will likely give this a try at some point too, so I am hugely appreciative of @kfitz's pioneering.

academicdave
academicdave

@dancohen I didn't hook this to FB...probably won't. But did to instagram and Twitter. Like the idea of preserving conversations like @kfitz did