Odd Webmention Behaviour

Posted on Saturday, 10th August 2019 8:07 AM EDT

I see a bit of odd behaviour with Webmentions, Semantic Linkbacks and WordPress comments. There are five responses in this thread which started with a post from my blog that that was syndicated to micro.blog. Three of the responses show up under the original blog post. However, two show up under my Webmentions collection page.

I am not using the WordPress Webmention for Comments plugin.

It also seems that it's no longer possible to change the Webmention type via Semantic Linkbacks.


It's not odd behaviour after all.

Added limited support for accepting replies from external sites that do not have a Micro.blog account. Previously, Micro.blog would discard replies that could not be associated with an existing user. Now, these replies will be included in a thread using the domain name for the author. (Brid.gy replies from Twitter are not supported yet.) Manton Reece

5 thoughts on “Odd Webmention Behaviour”

  1. Hi, Khurt, I appreciate your comments on my posts and encourage you to continue using the WordPress comment feature as it is implemented for this posting. I have tried in the past to work through the comment protocol you adopted and found it too time consuming.

      1. I read the link with interest, Khurt, and researched the potential for my page. To use plug-ins I need to upgrade to a "Business" plan. This is 2.76 times the cost of by current plan, so I will pass at this time. Technically, it is an interesting concept, as a business proposition it has minimal traction as the potential for using webmentions to expand readership eludes me. Cheers!!

        1. Understood. I have been self-hosting WordPress for over a decade, so I have seen that it takes time for technologies to become mainstream, but I am also a technologist who is constantly learning. I want control over my platform. My current hosting provider provides the platform as a service starting as low as $5/month. FYI, newer platforms such as Micro.blog, support IndieWeb technologies (the actual specs) by default.

          As for business case for using them, Chris Aldrich worked with his local newspaper to "IndieWebify" their website: https://boffosocko.com/2018/05/29/indieweb-ifying-coloradoboulevard-net/. He explains the business benefit to the newspaper.

          For myself, I sometimes link my image posts to my Instagram posts. When people comment or like an image, the comments and likes appear on my website on the post I linked from. Example here: https://islandinthenet.com/historic-hightstown/

          As long as you are logged into WordPress.com you can leave a comment on my website.

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