More on trackback and Domino 'blogs

The discussion has continued unabated over at Notestips, with the topics ranging from security (trackback spoofing and spamming) through open source to Domino 'blogging templates, and so forth. Mike writes:

…all I hope is that those linking actually have something extra to say, but that's probably just idealistic wishful thinking on my part, again.

Well, maybe ;-). To me, 'blogging goes one of two ways, often within the same site. I would suggest that for the most part, people treat 'blogs as some kind of journal, be that based around a specific area (most of the Domino and Java 'blogs for example) or on a more personal basis. The other facet of 'blogging is simply collating links that the author has found of interest, and presenting them to their readership. Both styles have a validity; the best example of the latter, to my mind, is Erik Thauvin's site.

I find myself doing both, but tend to agree with Mike that if one is going to use the trackback facility offered by a site, that's because you want to somehow continue the discussion, rather than just link to it. Make sense?

Now, security and trackback. It sounds as though Mike has a good handle on shoring up his code as much as is possible.

Ultimately, any site that takes input from external sources — be they reader comments, referrer logs, pingback or trackback calls — lays itself open to abuse. But so what? OK, we don't want <script> tags blowing everything up, but by the same token, as I've said before I think the benefits of these technologies far outweigh the downside. Thoughts?


  1. imo, i think trackback engenders community, and that is what blogs are all about. well its a neat side effect anyway, and if no communal thing happens as a result of your blogging then you are just talking to yourself.

    like minded people end up communicating in ways that sometimes are a bit deeper than you find in other web tools like forums. responses aren't as immediate, but can be deeper in a sense (i think) because blog authors tend to care a lot more about what ends up on the front page of their blog than they do about the content of a particular post.

    i think maybe trackback is one of those things that can be a bit oblique though, usually when you click that trackback link the content IS a bit off topic. but still, if a connection is formed between two like-minded people, who cares? ultimately something really cool happens that can lead to some satisfying conversation.

    well, that's my two cents for what its worth. i just think the whole thing is fascinating.


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