Thursday, August 11, 2005

Technical problems today

In response to Steven Taylor's post on the Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging, along with chiding from both Erik Marshall and Paladin, I tried to set up trackbacks on my blog. The truth is, I still have no idea what they do, nor why they would be useful.

So far, so bad. All they've done is muck up my fonts ... and as a textual scholar, my fonts are VERY important to me! Anyway, I'll be dealing with those technical troubles today, so my apologies if the page seems more user-hostile than friendly.


  1. Anonymous10:06 AM

    I don't remember any chiding :)

    Trackbacks are kinda hard to implement and cumbersome to use on blogger, but they rock for inter-blog conversations.

  2. Trackbacks use a special URL. This post has a trackback URL.

    If I respond to your post on my blog, I'd copy the Special Trackback URL into a special field on my blog post (in most blogging systems).

    The trackback url is meant for servers, really.

    Then, when I published/posted my blog entry, MY server sees the trackback URL and it digitally pokes YOUR server, sending along the regular human URL of MY post. Your blog then puts a little note to the effect that I posted a response to your post, with a link.

    Nice idea, maybe, but not so smart on the fact of it--trackbacks are really really easy to exploit for spamming. And they're a nuisance requiring more labor than they're worth.

    Much better to rely on looking at your logs.

  3. It looks like you have the Haloscan comments and the blogger ones side by side and it looks like you have the code possibly in the wrong place.

    BTW--are you going to be at convocation on Monday?

  4. Steven,

    The Monday convocation is mandatory, right? I guess I'll be there.