Webmentions on B2evolution’s Todo List

Just a quick bit of good news: per Francois Planque,  B2evolution maintainer, in a commentwebmentions support is on the todo list at B2evolution.  No time frame but good to know.

This makes my migration path to B2evo clearer for one project so it really helps.

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5 responses on “Webmentions on B2evolution’s Todo List”

  1. Hi Brad,
    I had a quick look at webmentions today (as time permits) and I think I understand there are several levels of complexity/feature richness with webmentions, especially:
    – Mentions may be “replies” but also “likes”, “reposts” and other things. Do you use all of these of only “replies”? (which is basically what trackback was doing)
    – Webmentions are supposed to be automatic at the time you make a post but I see you have a “manual mention” / “ping me” form after the comment form. Which way is the preferred way nowadays?

    Something else: these technologies are huge spam magnets. Do you agree all received webmentions should be put it the review queue and not auto-published by default?

    Thanks for helping frame this feature.

    1. Hi Francois,

      there are several levels of complexity/feature richness with webmentions, especially:

      I went looking for a post with replies here on the blog that would give you a good example of webmentions in action. If you look at this post and scroll down to the comments, you will see all the comments were posted by webmention – they posted their replies on their own blogs and those replies showed up on my original post, like some sort of Super Trackback. So, literally it is one blog talking to another. Below the comment threads are Face Icons which show things like Likes, mentions, perhaps Retweets from Twitter etc. These are governed by Post Kinds. That thread is a good example of what the Indieweb can do.

      – Webmentions are supposed to be automatic at the time you make a post but I see you have a “manual mention” / “ping me” form after the comment form. Which way is the preferred way nowadays?

      The “manual mention” and “ping me”, I believe are inserted by the Indieweb WordPress Plugins. They are for bloggers who do not have webmentions on their own blogs. I don’t think anyone has ever used them on my blog. The preferred method is for both blogs to have webmentions installed and communicate automatically.

      Do you agree all received webmentions should be put it the review queue and not auto-published by default?

      Yes. That is my practice. All webmentions are scanned by Akismet, but even so I review all webmentions, conventional comments, etc. before they appear live. So far, I have not had any spam via webmention. Besides Akismet, I have also had great luck with Antispam Bee, that might be something you would want to look into. I agree, I would default to review queue.

      I hope I answered your questions. The Indieweb.org wiki is a tremendous resource. They also have several chat rooms for more technical help and they are very willing to help.

  2. Thanks Brad. We’ll work on a preliminary implementation, which should not be too hard as b2evolution already has pingback support which is very similar. Then we’ll start sending and receiving webmentions on some sites and refine the implementation based on that experience.

    I did look around on the Indieweb.org wiki but it is not always easy to find the needed info. For example https://indieweb.org/likes doesn’t say how you *send* a like.

    1. Francois, There may be more information at the W3C site. I’m afraid I’m not much help with the more technical stuff, but you might give the Indieweb chat folks a try, they can point you to more resources.

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