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.

Update:

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

Lurking, Twitter, The Commons, and Private Posts by Chris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)

But as I think about these read posts, lurking, and being more civil on the internet, I have a new itch for some functionality I’d like to add to my website. I very frequently use my website as a digital commonplace book to collect links of things I’ve read, watched, and listened to. I’ll collect quotes, highlights, and even my own marginalia. As I mentioned above, my read posts sometimes have comments, and quite often those comments are really meant just for me and not for the author of the original post. In many cases, when my comments may be too egregious, sensitive, or perhaps even insulting to the original author, I’ll make these posts private so that only I can see them on my site. Of course when they’re private, no notifications are sent to the site at the other end of the line.

Sometimes I would like to be able to send a read notification to the site, but also keep my commentary privately to myself. This allows me to have my notes on the piece and be highly critical without dragging down the original author or piece who I may not know well or the audience of that same piece which I haven’t properly lurked (in the positive community-based sense indicated above) to be as intelligently and sensitively commenting as I would otherwise like. Thus I’d like to build in some functionality so that I can publicly indicate I’ve read a piece (and send a notification), but also so that I can keep the commentary on my read private to either myself or a smaller audience.

I would like this sort of functionality to mark an article as read without sending any commentary to the originating link. I’m not concerned with privacy. Quite frankly, I’m of the opinion that if I want something to remain private, I don’t put it online. Some control will fail or I’ll make an error in a setting and the content will be exposed or my controls will be breached.

In other words, I don’t trust the WordPress CMS to keep private posts, private.

What’s in my head stays in my head.

Terhune Orchards, Family, Tractor
I Brought Back Commenting On My Site by Jacky Alciné (jacky.wtf)

As part of my mission to get my website to align with my digital identity, I’ve opted to make use of Isso to handle commenting. I’ve enabled it for every blog post and to each of the FAQ pages. This way, I can see that feedback and fold it back into the site a lot easier. I’m a bit fortunate since I have my own infrastructure, I can just spin up this service easily.

Concerned with some of the language in the EU GDPR, I removed commenting from my WordPress site but retained Webmentions. A newer webmention spec allows for deletion and or modification of webmentions which I feel aligns with the GDPR. I considered using Disqus for commenting I am loath to outsource my comments to a silo. Isso may be a solution that allows me to retain control while also allow commenters control over their comments.