Weblogs à  l'école [fr]

Les weblogs à  l’école. Vous êtes parent, enseignant? Vous en connaissez des exemples? Partagez-les ici!

[en] A call to information and opinions on weblogging in schools. In particular, would you post photographs of the weblog owners on the blog, or their full name?

Cette année scolaire (ouille, le rentrée approche) va être pour moi l’occasion de travailler avec des élèves sur un projet de weblogs (un weblog par élève ou petit groupe, a priori).

Avez-vous fait une expérience semblable? Avez-vous des liens sur le sujet? Est-ce que votre école publie sur le web les photos des élèves qui y écrivent et leur nom? Qu’en pensez-vous?

Que vous soyez enseignants ou parents (ou même, autre!), votre avis sur la question m’interesse. Il y a Mario, il y a les élèves de St.-Joseph, il y a SchoolBlogs… mais encore?

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Rencontre régulière de blogueurs romands [fr]

Je propose une rencontre romande de weblogueurs, tous les 1er mercredis du mois, à  Lausanne. Prochaine rencontre le 1er septembre, venez nombreux!

[en] I suggest a regular meet-up for bloggers in the French-speaking part of Switzerland (and others, if they are around), the first Wednesday of each month in Lausanne. Next meet-up on September 1st!

Bon, ça fait un moment que ça me démange, la dernière LBN a eu lieu il y a bien longtemps, et suite à  un petit sondage avec quelques autres blogueurs “romands ou habitant la romandie“, je me lance.

Sur le modèle de Paris Carnet ou des rencontres YULBlog, je propose qu’on se retrouve:

  • Le premier mercredivendredi de chaque mois, dès 19h (20h?)
  • A Café Romand à  la Place St-François à  Lausanne (c’est bien central — oui, on en a débattu hier soir, et les autres n’étaient pas lausannois!)

Ouvert à  tous, bien entendu, blogueurs résidants ou de passage, sans contraintes de régularité, etc. Faudra juste qu’on organise de vagues “pré-inscriptions” sur une page wiki ou dans les commentaires pour que je puisse réserver.

Reste à  trouver un nom. Jérôme nous a avoué ne s’être jamais senti vraiment concerné par les Lemanic Bloggers Night. J’ouvre donc ici un concours pour trouver un nom sympa, potable, explicite mais néanmoins rigolo pour ces rencontres. A celui ou celle dont on retiendra la proposition, on offrira gracieusement bières et croûtes au fromage (ou autre) lors de la prochaine rencontre (plus toute la gloire qui va avec).

La prochaine rencontre ne sera donc pas demain (ça fait un peu court!) mais le 1er3 septembre. Vous pouvez déjà  vous pré-inscrire dans les commentaires, en attendant qu’on se décide sur une page de wiki…

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Weblog de Bernard Rappaz [fr]

Très bon billet de Bernard Rappaz de la Télévision Suisse Romande sur son (tout frais) weblog: le journaliste face au blog.

[en] Bernard Rappaz is a journalist at the Télévision Suisse Romande (Swiss French-speaking TV). His weblog opens on a very nice post about journalists and weblogging.

Mieux vaut tard que jamais, je viens de prendre la peine de lire l’excellente entrée en matière de Bernard Rappaz sur son weblog. J’aime quand “ça sent l’intelligence”!

En voilà  donc un qui vient de trouver sa place dans mon aggrégateur. Monsieur Rappaz, vous pouvez vous considérer comme lu 🙂

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U-Blog, Six Apart, and Their Angry Bloggers [en]

This very long post is, for the first time in English, a pretty complete account of what has been going on with U-blog and Loïc Le Meur in the French blogosphere for some time now. With the acquisition of Ublog by Six Apart, these problems are bound to take another dimension for the English-speaking blogosphere.

[fr] Ce très long billet expose en anglais l'histoire de U-blog et des problèmes s'y rapportant. J'ai déjà écrit à ce sujet en français (lire également les commentaires) -- pour une fois que la "barrière linguistique" empêche les anglophones de savoir certaines choses, plutôt que le contraire!

So, why on earth are U-bloggers so angry?

I’m often concerned that the language divide makes non-English-speaking people miss out on a whole lot of interesting stuff. These past few days, I’ve been concerned that the language divide may be preventing English-speaking people from knowing about certain things. U-bloggers are angry, and they also have the sympathy of others in the franco-blogosphere, but all that is happening in French.

How aware is Six Apart that they have a bunch of angry french customers, who were encouraged to sign up for a paying version before the end of last year under promise of new features, which weren’t developed and seemingly never will? Edit 06.01.05: see note.

Let’s rewind a bit, shall we? I always think that history explains a lot. Many of the dates here are taken from Laurent’s short history of the franco-blogosphere, a work in progress. Other information comes from my regular trips around the blogosphere and my conversations with people — in particularly, here, with Stéphane, the creator of the U-blog weblogging platform. This is the story to the best of my knowledge. If there are any factual mistakes, I’ll be glad to correct them.

In November 2002, Stéphane Le Solliec starts working on a blogging platform he calls Meta-blog. A few months later, in December, U-blog (the new name for the platform) already has a few hundreds of users.

The interface is good, U-blog is pretty zippy, and it has a great community. Also, it’s French. Setting aside any primal xenophobia or anti-americanism, a great product designed in your language by a fellow countryman is not the same thing as another great product translated and adapted from English. (Ask somebody who lives in a country where most of the important stuff is “imported” from the German-speaking part…) And let’s face it, one does like to support a local product, whether one is French, Swiss, or American. I actually considered U-blog the best hosted solution for French-speakers, at some point, and recommended it to a few friends, who started weblogs. Joueb.com is a native French weblogging platform which has been around for far longer than U-blog, but for some reason it isn’t quite as popular.

About a year later, Stéphane is thinking about abandoning the platform. He’s doing it on his free time, he has a baby, and U-blog takes up a lot of time. He stalls development, and stops allowing the creation of new free blogs. (It will again be possible to create free blogs a few weeks later.) Existing free blogs remain in place, but lose visibility (pinging and home page) compared to paying blogs. (Paying U-blog customers pay 1€ per month.)

Around that time, Loïc, whose interest in weblogs has been sparked by meeting Joi at the World Economic Forum, and who has unsuccessfully approached the founder of Joueb.com, Stéphane Gigandet (yes! another Stéphane!), gets in touch with Stéphane Le Solliec in September (2003). As a result, he acquires the platform and user-base, and founds the company Ublog.com. Loïc really wants Stéphane to stay on board, and he does, before leaving a couple of months later (company-life isn’t really his cup of tea).

Loïc does a great job getting the French press (and later, politicians) interested in weblogs. He calls up journalists, educates them, and before long Loïc, fondateur de Ublog regularly appears in articles about weblogging. Inevitably, he starts appearing as “the guy who introduced weblogs in France”, and the expression “founder of Ublog” entertains a confusion between the blogging platform and the company (“founder” being at times replaced by “creator”). Loïc founded the company, but he in no way created the blogging platform U-blog.

You can imagine that the U-bloggers, who already weren’t very excited about having been “bought” (particularly by a guy who had the bad taste to start blogging in English), didn’t really like seeing Loïc shine so bright and Stéphane slowly fade into oblivion. Some long-standing French-speaking webloggers external to U-blog will start keeping a suspicious eye on this newcomer that so many are talking about, and who seems to be (God forbid!) making weblogs into a business (complete with press pack).

End October, when Stéphane announces the changes at Ublog following the association with Loïc, the following structure is presented (as an aside, the fact that this page seems to have been taken down doesn’t make Ublog look good. If it’s a mistake, they should put it back up again):

Free U-blog
The basic offer, with an advertising banner.
U-blog Plus
The paying offer, with a few more bells and whistles than the free one (ping, home page listing) and lots of exciting new features (for 4€ per month instead of the actual 1€)
U-blog Pro
More advanced, with own domain name, multi-author, etc… to be defined

In a smart move, existing U-bloggers were given the chance to sign up for the second offer for 1€ instead of 4€ for the coming year, starting January 1st (date at which the new tariff would become active). It sounded attractive, and quite a few went for it. The future seemed bright, with promise of dynamic future development, despite the complaints about the increase in pricing (but which did not impact existing users that much).

During the next months, some new features are introduced. More are announced.

In March, Six Apart and Ublog SA sign an exclusive representation agreement in Europe. An announcement is made in the U-blog newsletter. April 29th, TypePad arrives on U-blog. The official Ublog weblog will publish another four or five brief posts related to TypePad before going quiet.

One can wonder: what sense does it make for a blogging platform like U-blog to sign an agreement with another, similar, hosted blogging platform like TypePad? Was the U-blog platform not good enough? Will development be stalled on the “old” platform, will it be abandoned? Overall, U-bloggers are worried and unhappy (I could add more, but those are two good starting-points and seem to sum it up pretty well). They are now offered three possibilities (as often, what is said in the comments is much more interesting than the post itself):

Free U-blog
The basic offer, same as before.
U-blog Plus
The paying offer for those who already have it, same as before, but no new features.
TypePad
A more advanced platform, where the active development will take place. Approx. 15€, but discount prices for current U-bloggers.

In short, all new development efforts seem to be going towards TypePad, and U-blog Plus will stop evolving, unlike what had been promised end of October. Reactions are aggressive (we all know that end-users are not kind when they complain). When U-bloggers ask about the new features that had been promised to those of them with paying accounts, they are told that the features are on TypePad. Loïc, who has already ruffled a few feathers by demanding that a popular blogger remove a post about him, under threat of lawsuit, does not distinguish himself in the area of good customer relations. (In particular, his comment regarding the contents of Aurora’s weblog (bondage and S&M), in the middle of a thread about U-blog and TypePad, didn’t look very good.) U-bloggers (particularly the paying ones) feel a bit cheated.

There is no question for me that Loïc is being given a harder time than he deserves, but it is pretty clear that he is not doing a very good job communicating with his unhappy customers.

TypePad.fr does not seem to be a howling success. I have heard complaints of people who find it slow (slower than U-blog, in particular) and not intuitive. Jean-Luc Raymond, the blogger who runs MediaTIC, publishes a critical post about TypePad.fr. Now, JLR isn’t the blogger I respect the most. He doesn’t always verify his sources, and has been known to remove embarrassing comments and posts with little ceremony. However, if his article on TypePad is over the top (as I suspect it might), it would in my opinion deserve more precise refutation than this dismissive comment of Loïc’s.

So, what is going on today? Basically, a continuation of what was already going wrong. Now that Six Apart has bought Ublog, the U-blog platform and communitydefinitely seem doomed.

No official announcement of the transaction has been made on the U-blog site (as I mentioned, the official “corporate” weblog is dead). Loïc’s answer to my post raising the point is that U-bloggers who want information can contact him on his blog. Worse, in my opinion, Loïc withheld the announcement on his blog until it was published by the media. So in the franco-blogosphere, we learnt about it through the press rather than through Loïc’s weblog (the de facto official source of information for U-blog, as the company site has not been communicating anything these last months).

Aurora goes to war, and other U-bloggers are following suit. One can disapprove of their virulence, but calling them “Aurora’s fan-club” (in the comments to my post) does not get anybody anywhere, and mocking Aurora’s sexual preferences in response to her criticisms is distasteful, and unbecoming of the Director for Europe, Africa and the Middle-East and Executive VP of Six Apart.

Loïc may have a squeaky-clean image in the anglo-blogosphere, but it is far from being the case in the franco-blogosphere, particularly when you start digging around in comment threads. I find it especially disturbing that there seems to be a discrepancy in attitude between Loïc’s discourse on his weblog and his comments on other people’s weblogs.

I personally do not think Loïc is a bad person, or has bad intentions. He’s interested in “the business side of weblogs” (and in that we differ), and that of course will make him unsympathetic to some, but I do believe he is genuinely interested in what he’s doing. However, I think he does not understand his customers very well, and does not communicate with them well either. His ambition as a businessman, excited by the challenge of managing an American company, leader in its domain, does at times seem to overshadow his concern about his end-users well-being.

This has been a long post. If you’ve read it, thank you. If you’ve just skimmed it, let me briefly come back on my main points:

  • U-bloggers have been promised features for their pay-version, which will not come.
  • The acquisition of Ublog by Six Apart seems to point to a near death of the old blogging platform, and more dramatically for its users, of the very strong community built around it. (Typepad doesn’t really have this “community” thing to it.)
  • Ublog (and now, Six Apart Europe) is demonstrating pretty poor communication with its unhappy users

Update, 24.07.04: a brief update after some comments I’ve received about this article.

  • I have now learnt that Six Apart did know about the problems at Ublog (since before the acquisition).
  • Although I considered it a possibility that they might not know, my main motivation for writing this article was that there was more to the Ublog story than what the English blogosphere in general was getting.
  • Of course, not all U-bloggers are unhappy. We’re talking about a bunch of very vocal and very angry people, not about the whole community. But in my opinion, the fact they are a minority does not mean they should not be taken seriously.

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Easier TopicExchange Trackbacks for WordPress [en]

A WordPress hack which makes it quicker to add TopicExchange channels to trackback, and makes them visible (like categories) in the weblog. (Sorry for the duplicate postings, trying to fix it.)

[fr] Ce 'hack' pour WordPress permet d'ajouter facilement des trackbacks vers les canaux de TopicExchange, et liste sur le weblog les canaux concernés pour chaque billet.

Here is a solution to make it a little quicker to trackback TopicExchange channels with WordPress, and make those channels visible in your weblog.

I love TopicExchange. When I asked Suw what they had talked about during BlogWalk, she mentioned trackbacks. I asked if anything had been discussed about trackback etiquette. For example, I’m often tempted to trackback people who have written posts related to mine, but which I haven’t linked to. Well, the consensus is that this is not what trackback is for. Trackback is really for making a “backlink”. TopicExchange is the answer to the “related posts” issue.

I’ve been using TopicExchange a lot during the last weeks, but nobody has noticed it, apart from those people who already use TopicExchange as a source of information. As Seb Paquet notes, TopicExchange needs to be made more viral. It needs visibility. What follows is my interpretation of “making ITE easier to use, and more visible.”

This WordPress hack creates an extra field in the posting form where ITE channel ID’s (e.g. “wordpress”, “multilingual_blogging”) can be entered (I was tired of typing the whole trackback URL’s all the time). It then stores these channel ID’s as post meta data (in the postmeta table), so that it can retrieve them and display links to the corresponding channels along with the post, just as is usually done with categories.

First of all, add the following code to my-hacks.php. Then, edit post.php (in your wp-admin directory) and add this code where indicated (the comment at the top of the file explains where to insert the code).

Also in post.php, after the line add_meta($post_ID);, insert the following code:

// add topic exchange channels
	if(isset($_POST['ite-topic']))
	{
		$_POST['metakeyselect'] = 'ite_topic';
		foreach($topics as $topic)
		{
    		$_POST['metavalue'] = $topic;
    		add_meta($post_ID);
    	}
    }

In edit-form.php, add this code to create an extra input field for ITE trackbacks:

$form_ite = '<p><label for="ite-topic"><strong>Trackback</strong> TopicExchange:</label>
(Separate multiple channel ID's with spaces.)<br />
<input type="text" name="ite-topic" style="width: 360px" id="ite-topic"
tabindex="8" /></p>';
	$form_trackback.=$form_ite;

It goes near the top of the file, after the line which defines $form_trackback (do a search for that and you’ll find it).

Finally, in your index.php template, you can use <?php the_ite_channels(); ?> to display a paragraph containing a comma-separated list of channels trackbacked for each post. If you want to change the formatting, play around with the function definition in my-hacks.php.

If, like me, you have old posts with trackbacks to TopicExchange, and you would also like these to appear on your posts, use this patch from inside wp-admin. The patch will tell you what meta data it is adding — just load it once in your browser and check the result in your weblog. (Don’t load it twice — it’s supposed to be able to check the existing channels in the database to avoid duplicate entries, but I haven’t got it to work. Read instructions and debug notes at the top of the patch file.)

In future, it will also be possible to use the TopicExchange API to return the “nice title” for the channels listed — so we sould have “Multilingual blogging” instead of “multilingual_blogging”. (I’ve asked, it will behas been added to the API.)

Good luck with this if you try it, and as always, comments most welcome!

Note: as far as I have tested, the code seems to work now.

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Six Apart rachète U-blog [fr]

Six Apart achète la société Ublog. Dommage que Ublog n’ait pas fait part de l’annonce directement à  ses utilisateurs.

[en] Six Apart bought Ublog, as you know. I think it's really a pity that no official announcement was made to the users of the U-blog platform. Loïc Le Meur even refrained from blogging the announcement before the press had published it, which I find pretty poor practice for a weblog evangelist, even if he is a businessman. If I were a U-blogger, other than wonder what the future of the weblogging platform U-blog will be, now that the company belongs to the owners of TypePad, I would have the impression the company doesn't really give a damn about its end-users.

Je voulais faire un long billet, classe, fouillé, pertinent, journalistique et complet. Après des heures de remuage de boue, de lecture de billets et de commentaires présents ou passés qui n’ont fait qu’accroitre mon agacement, je renonce à  mon projet initial pour tenter de faire quelque chose d’un peu plus sobre. J’ai une longue liste de liens que je pourrais un jour utiliser pour un billet d’historienne-commentatrice de la blogosphère, mais ce n’est pas pour aujourd’hui.

Bon, Ublog SA devient Six Apart Europe. Loïc est un bon businessman, je n’ai aucun doute là -dessus. Il sait utiliser les médias, il a des connexions, et il semble enthousiaste au sujet du weblogging. Il est maintenant Executive Vice-President de Six Apart.

Chez U-blog, soit on proteste, avec un peu trop de virulence à  mon goût, soit on se tait — peut-être parce que (comme Stéphane, créateur de la plateforme U-blog, à  qui j’ai parlé cet après-midi) ils ignorent tout de la transaction?

Ailleurs, de façon très générale, le message est “félicitations à  Loïc et Six Apart.” (Quant à  Laurent, je n’arrive pas trop à  savoir ce qu’il en pense, mais c’est peut-être voulu…)

Moi, je voudrais plutôt déplorer le fait que Loïc, apôtre du weblogging, semble faire preuve de plus de respect pour les médias que pour ses propres utilisateurs: à  ce jour, aucune annonce officielle sur le portail U-blog, ni sur le blog officiel, délaissé d’ailleurs depuis le 7 mai. Chez Six Apart, la nouvelle est bien annoncée et se trouve reprise sur le blog officiel de la société.

Personnellement, je trouve que ça fait un peu chenit. Si j’étais une utilisatrice U-blog, j’aurais l’impression de ne pas compter pour grand-chose.

Si vous désirez explorer, l’article sur iFeedYou vous donne quelques bons points de départ.

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Sloppy Vienna Update [en]

A few random facts about the last two days in Vienna.

This will be short and incomplete because I am just about to go straight asleep in front of the screen. I spent the last two days roaming around with Horst, Suw and Philipp.

  • “Einbahn” means “one-way”, and not “subway” — those signs got me going round in circles on Friday
  • ate good food
  • froze watching “Citizen Kane” at the Vienna open air cinema last night
  • regretted not attending BlogWalk after all
  • Horst is at least as much into Bollywood as I am!
  • lots of thoughts of things to post about languages and weblogs
  • black Switcher jacket lost and found (thanks to the anonymous soul who picked it up)
  • bad lasagna on the riverbank
  • girl-talk during the football match
  • not enough sleep, so much to read, so much to write, so much to talk

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Delicious! A Great Bookmarks Manager [en]

Delicious is an online bookmark manager. It makes it very easy to add and categorize bookmarks, as well as share them with other users. You can also extract your bookmarks from delicious and integrate them in your blog to create a linklog. When I say ‘easy’, I really mean it!

Now, why on earth didn’t I start using delicious ages ago, when I first stumbled upon it? Maybe it didn’t look pretty enough, and didn’t flaunt its features loudly enough for me?

A couple of days ago I paid delicious another visit. See, somebody on #joiito mentioned my Keeping the Flat Clean post, and I suddenly found there was a bunch of people from delicious visiting that article. I thought: “My, people are actually using this thing!” and signed up for an account.

So… what does delicious do? It allows you to easily add pages you visit to your bookmarks, using intelligent bookmarklets (two clicks and no typing to add a link if you want to be minimalist). This is already easier than what I have to do to add links to my LinkBall.

You can categorize your bookmarks very easily by typing words in the “tag” field of the bookmarklet. No need to define categories — delicious takes care of it all for you. You can then view your bookmarks by category or (and this is where it gets interesting) all the bookmarks marked with a same tag. Each bookmark in your list is one-click editable, and each bookmark in somebody else’s list is one-click copyable. For each link, you can also view a list of all the users who have bookmarked it.

Does it stop there? No. All the bookmark lists (by user or by tag) are available in RSS and can be subscribed to within delicious. As a user, you have an Inbox which aggregates the feeds you have subscribed to. You may subscribe to a “user feed” or a “tag (category) feed”. On top of that, bookmark lists are available in plain html, and many users have contributed various hacks which can help you integrate your bookmarks with your weblog. (Update 02.06.04: one thing you shouldn’t do, though, is simply include that HTML feed with a PHP include or an iframe, as this will cause the delicious server to be hit each time somebody views your page.)

If you aren’t a user of delicious yet, you need to go and register right now.

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Trackback? Qu’est-ce que c’est? [en]

Une petite explication du trackback pour les néophytes. Un trackback, c’est un moyen automatique de mettre un commentaire sur le billet de quelqu’un d’autre, pour dire qu’on a écrit un billet qui en parle. Facile!

Bon, alors, ces fichus trackbacks qu’on voit partout et dont tout le monde parle et qu’on a toujours pas compris, c’est quoi à  la fin? A la demande générale (les lémaniques concernés se reconnaîtront), une petite explication bien basique comme je les aime.

Imaginez que j’écris un billet qui vous inspire réflexion, au point que vous fassiez un billet en rapport sur votre propre weblog, au lieu de bêtement laisser chez moi un commentaire que vos lecteurs à  vous risquent bien de ne jamais voir. Vous faites un lien vers mon billet pour donner le contexte. Mais depuis chez moi, aucun moyen de savoir que vous avez écrit une réaction très pertinente à  ce que j’avais pondu!

La méthode classique, c’est de laisser quand même un commentaire chez moi, disant “hé, j’ai écrit un truc à  propos de ce que tu racontes ici, voilà  le lien”, et hop, le tour est joué. Seulement, à  la longue, ça devient un peu lassant de faire ça, et on voudrait bien un machin automatique qui le fasse à  notre place: le trackback.

Vous l’aurez donc à  présent compris, le trackback, c’est un bidule qui vous permet de mettre automatiquement (sans vous lever de votre bureau) un commentaire chez moi qui dit “hé, j’ai écrit un truc en rapport, venez voir!”

OK, bon, mais comment ça marche? Ce qu’il faut savoir d’abord, c’est qu’en principe, c’est votre “machine à  trackback” qui va parler avec ma “machine à  trackback”, et ils vont régler tout ça entre eux. La “machine à  trackback”, elle est en général intégrée à  l’outil de blogging qu’on utilise: Movable Type bien sûr, ou bien encore DotClear et WordPress, sans oublier les solutions “hébergées” TypePad et U-blog. Depuis peu, le système de commentaires HaloScan inclut également les trackbacks. Et depuis belle lurette, Primitive, tout en français, vous permet d’ajouter des trackbacks n’importe où.

Votre “machine à  trackback” va envoyer un message à  la mienne (un “ping”) en indiquant le nom de votre weblog et son adresse, le permalien de votre billet, et un extrait de ce que vous avez écrit. Il envoie ce message à  une certaine adresse (le fameux “TrackBack URL for this entry” que vous avez surement déjà  croisé dans la blogosphère), qui est en fait celle de ma “machine à  trackback”, agrémenté du numéro de mon billet. Mais tout ça, vous n’avez pas besoin de le savoir ni de le comprendre, vu que nos “machines à  trackback” s’en occupent très bien toutes seules.

Bon alors, comment on fait, concrètement? On admettra que vous avez déjà  une “machine à  trackback” installée. (Si vous voulez en installer une, ça c’est les règles avancées, et ce n’est malheureusement pas couvert par ce petit billet.)

La première chose à  faire, donc, c’est de cliquer sur le lien “commentaires” de mon billet pour dénicher l’adresse de trackback à  utiliser. (Pour ce billet, c’est http://, vous l’avez trouvée?)

Ensuite, il faut dire à  votre “machine à  trackback” d’envoyer le ping à  la mienne. Avec Movable Type, par exemple, cela signifie simplement que lorsque vous publiez votre billet, vous devez coller mon adresse de trackback dans le champ “URLs to Ping”. C’est tout. Le trackback apparaîtra comme un commentaire associé à  ce billet, avec un lien vers votre propre billet. Essayez!

Une chose intéressante est que les parties “envoyer” et “recevoir” de la “machine à  trackback” sont indépendantes. On peut tout à  fait envoyer des trackbacks sur d’autres sites sans pour autant les avoir activés sur le sien. Les sites utilisant Primitive, par exemple, fournissent un formulaire permettant d’envoyer un trackback. Ce formulaire peut en fait être utilisé pour envoyer des trackbacks, même si vous ne possédez pas votre propre “machine à  trackbacks”.

En guise de conclusion, un sujet de réflexion: quand envoyer un trackback? Uniquement lorsque j’ai fait un billet qui lie un autre billet, ou bien déjà  quand j’en fais un qui a un lien avec d’autres billets? Par exemple, j’ai écrit un petit compte-rendu de la troisième LBN, comme l’ont fait d’autres, mais je n’ai pas mentionné les adresses de leurs comptes-rendus dans mon billet (certains n’étaient pas écrits).

To trackback or not to trackback? That is the question.

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