MT tips for beginners 7

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Glossary Entry 6 (This is a biggie that I still struggle with.)
Feedback - Comments & Trackbacks:
A crucial element of many blogs is the interaction they provide with the community. Movable Type provides functionality for two types of feedback:
Comments: Comments are replies by your blog’s readers to the entries that you create. Each entry can be individually configured to accept comments through a comment form typically found on each entry’s individual archive page. The comments are also typically displayed on this page.
TrackBack is a protocol used primarily to provide “remote commenting and notification” functionality for weblogs. For example, TrackBack allows a blogger to comment on an entry on their own blog and have an excerpt of the reply and link back to it sent to the original blog via a “TrackBack ping”. Once received, it can be displayed alongside the comments and other TrackBack pings on the original entry to create a distributed conversation. Each entry can be individually configured to accept TrackBack pings and Movable Type can be configured to automatically send pings to blog entries that you reference in your own.

Whether it’s one of your blog readers commenting on an entry which you posted or another blogger doing so on their own site via TrackBack, community feedback is one of the most compelling and interesting facets of blogging because its breaks down the wall between publisher and reader.

Commenter Authentication
As traffic on your weblog increases, some users will emerge as trusted commenters: those who become known to you and make appropriate and relevant contributions to the conversation. Occasionally, however, a commenter will abuse a weblog’s comments either by posting inflammatory and antisocial commentary or by spamming. One of the most effective safeguards against unwanted comments is commenter authentication. Authentication of commenters ties each comment to a verifiable private account (i.e. pseudonymous identity) whereby the commenters can be managed. With authentication in place, you can designate certain commenters as trusted and others as banned. Giving trusted status allows the system to handle them differently, publishing their comments immediately, while other commenters are queued for moderation. Besides the goodwill this designation generates, it can save you time and effort in moderating and publishing queued comments.* see pages 67-78 in the manual for details on managing commenters.

(Definition from Wikipedia)
"The word Trackback is used colloquially for any kind of Linkback. A Trackback is one of three types of Linkbacks, methods for Web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking to, or referring to their articles. Some weblog software, such as Movable Type, support automatic pingbacks where all the links in a published article can be pinged when the article is published.

A Trackback is simply an acknowledgment. This acknowledgment is sent via a network signal (ping) from Site A (originator) to Site B (receptor). The receptor often publishes a link back to the originator indicating its worthiness. Trackback requires both Site A and Site B to be Trackback enabled in order to establish this communication. Trackback does not require for Site A to physically link to Site B.

Trackbacks are used primarily to facilitate communication between blogs: if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, an entry found at another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, then the commenting blogger can notify the other blog with a "TrackBack ping"; the receiving blog will typically display summaries of, and links to, all the commenting entries below the original entry. This allows for conversations spanning several blogs that readers can easily follow. Blogging software that supports the TrackBack protocol displays a "TrackBack URL" along with every entry.

Some individuals or companies have abused the TrackBack feature to insert spam links on some blogs (sping). This is similar to comment spam but avoids some of the safeguards designed to stop the latter practice. As a result, TrackBack spam filters similar to those implemented against comment spam now exist in many weblog publishing systems. Many blogs have stopped using trackbacks because dealing with spam became too burdensome."

TrackBack pings are managed precisely like comments in Movable Type in that they have a listing screen, an editing screen, can be moderated, published, deleted and searched. If you have a grasp on managing comments from the "comments" section, you should feel comfortable managing TrackBacks.

I got most of these terms from the Six Apart Documentation and a few from Wikipedia.


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