Comments on 2018-12-17 What killed the blogs?

Here! Here!

It is nice that you have comments enabled, but I affirm your approach of writing blog posts in response to others. Time to write one up.

Jeremy Friesen 2018-12-17 13:50 UTC


I remember someone talking about something called Pingback...

Never used it my self :)

Kristofer Bratt 2018-12-17 17:13 UTC


Yeah, a long time ago I used it, too. Then I figured that simple referrer tracking works just as well. These days suppressing referrers is actually a measure people take to protect their privacy but while there are still enough people doing it, that’s what this blog uses to find links pointing here. (Wikipedia calls it Refback.)

There are some at the bottom of every page, if any, and they are also collected on all referrers, reachable via the Administration link at the bottom.

As you can see, it’s “polluted” but the blog rolls. But I want these links, too! So that’s how it goes. That’s simply one of the Refback drawbacks.

– Alex Schroeder 2018-12-17 21:33 UTC


And my response and follow-up is in place https://takeonrules.com/2018/12/17/reflecting-on-migrating-from-wordpress/

Jeremy Friesen 2018-12-17 23:58 UTC


I’m really glad you said this because I know you understand the technology.

I’ve been trying to comment but they just get eaten up...especially blogger. I thought I was doing something wrong.

Michael Julius 2018-12-18 04:07 UTC


All these comments I wrote. Lost. Like tears in rain.

– Alex Schroeder 2018-12-18 07:14 UTC


Blogspot is notorious. As far as I understand it, Blogspot is the same as Blogger is the same as Google. And unfortunately, Blogspot is very popular. Take a look at the OSR RPG Planet, for example. It lists 98 blogs as of right now – and it has 63 matches for blogspot!

– Alex Schroeder 2019-01-01 13:58 UTC


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