Tag: Webmentions

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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…

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3 August 2018 @ 14:45

Adding Webmentions to Jekyll by Jordan MerrickJordan Merrick (jordanmerrick.com)

I've added some basic support for webmentions to my Jekyll-powered site using webmention.io and this Jekyll plugin. If any of my posts are mentioned elsewhere and my site receives a webmention, it's displayed below the post content.

This seems so convoluted. Run Jekyll (or another static site generator) because dynamic platforms like WordPress are slow and bloated. But ... now the website can't support comments or Webmentions. So hook the site into a silo like Disqus or Webmention.io. But wait now your website is dependent on a third-party. Doesn't it seem like…

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Enabling Better Communication on the Internet

Webmentions: Enabling Better Communication on the Internet by Chris Aldrich

Over 1 million Webmentions will have been sent across the internet since the specification was made a full Recommendation by the W3C—the standards body that guides the direction of the web—in early January 2017. That number is rising rapidly, and in the last few weeks, I’ve seen a growing volume of chatter on social media and the blogosphere about these new “mentions” and the people implementing them.

Chris Aldrich wrote an introduction to Webmentions on ALA.

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Webmention Deletes

Untitled | David Shanske by David ShanskeDavid Shanske (David Shanske)

Any site that receives webmentions should respect any request to remove their display or purge the information. But webmention itself allows for this. If you send another webmention, it will update. So, if you take down the page, send another webmention and it will purge the comment. There’s even a form built into the Webmention plugin for that.

David, the GDPR is why I have a web application firewall blocking all web traffic originating in the EU. I am researching ways to either remove all commenting except for Webmentions or using another comment system, like Isso, that give the commenter control. ueberseemaedchen ,I spent some time this weekend testing Webmention deletes and I’m…

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https://colinwalker.blog/12-05-2018-0736/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

My original use case was to be able to link to a conversation on micro.blog without the post automatically being treated as a reply but there could be other occasions when you don't want to send a mention for whatever reason.

I implemented nomentions on my WordPress website this morning. Thank you!

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Webmentions and Privacy and GDPR

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Untitled | David Shanske by David ShanskeDavid Shanske (David Shanske)

And being as I’m as regular contributor, there are a few ideas I’ve floating that I think are a good start, and invite you to contribute more.

  • Add text to the Webmention form that explains how to use it to delete a mention. Since the form can be used without supporting webmentions on your own site, this is something that should be made clear.
  • Add Setting to not display avatar/photo
  • Add ability to edit mentions, to correct inaccurate data.
  • Add setting to store more/less data.
  • Add privacy policy to plugin for those who install it and add text/link to webmention form.
  • Explain how to request a takedown of information.
  • Periodically poll/refresh sources.
  • Allow a different level of processing for ‘native’ webmentions vs backfeed run through a service like Bridgy.

David, I think that Sebastian Greger (and perhaps some of the GDPR) is really concerned about anonymity; not privacy. But I think you have responded reasonably. I don’t think one can expect privacy when acting publicly. Imagine if newspapers had to get permission to quote something I said publicly (especially something controversial)? Or a radio…

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