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Receiving blog replies from anywhere on the Web

Throughout the years, The relationship between the blogger and the reader has always been mostly one-sided: the author publishes a new post and it gets consumed by the readers, but it's very hard for a discussion around the post to arise, some people have a comment section, but I've always found that solution to be very flaky, to say the least:

  1. As a reader: I don't want to make an account on every blog I read because I'll end up with hundreds of accounts I'll rarely use it's also pretty cumbersome to keep up with a conversation on a blog that I don't consult often
  2. As a writer: It can get pretty hard (and even expensive if you're self-hosting) to keep track of comments and filter out the spam, anyone who runs a WordPress site knows this struggle

So what could be the solution?

✶ Enter Webmentions and ✶

How Does this work ?

Web Mentions is a feature of the IndieWeb that allows bloggers to communicate directly through their respective blogs, I could write a post and send it to my friend as a webmention, that he can do whatever he wants with, some people prefer to keep them to themselves, others display them at the end of every article as a new kind of comment system. that being said, most people who'd want to discuss your post probably won't have a blog to send the webmention from, that's where comes in is a service that connects to your various social media account and collects replies to your posts that link back to articles on your site, and then sends those as webmentions to your site.

In Short, I could share one of my posts on twitter, and the discussion that happens under that tweet will be displayed in the replies section under the correspondent post on my site

with this setup, I was able to provide my readers with a pretty cool platform-agnostic way of discussing my posts with minimal hassle on both ends.

here is how it looks like on my website, as you can see some of those comments came from Reddit, while others came from Twitter and Mastodon

What the replies section on my website looks like

How do I try it out ?

Currently, you can get your comment shown under this very post by doing one of these things:

if you do one of these things you're comment should appear in the replies section below, keep in mind that it may take 30 minutes to an hour for your comment to show up (that's due to the nature of how works)

The one thing I feel is missing is hacker news, but that's being worked on currently

So that's pretty much it, this setup has its problems, for instance, moderation is lacking and it can take some time for a comment to show up but I like it so for the time being I'll continue using it!

if enough people are interested in the technical details of setting this up, than I'll write a post about it, but other than that I'll see you in the next one

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I wrote a post about a similar topic…

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@spacebuffer An interesting idea, thanks!

Lobsters from

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Sausageo from

Neat! I like that it provides a link back to the source comment

Bobe'bot from

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@dpecos That's true but I honestly like you're approach better, I've now realized that dealing with reddit and twitter toxicity is much harder than I thought

@spacebuffer looks like your approach covers other sources rather just Mastodon. It’s a proper WebMention system.My approach is just displaying a toot and its replies at the bottom of a post.

cs_irl from

Hello from reddit!

How to handle discussion threads in this setup?

Pretty cool! But one of the biggest reasons I don't have comments on my site is because dealing with the shitty toxicity from reddit, twitter, and hacker news is already mentally exhausting enough. Even if I did moderation I'd still have to read the shitty comments to approve them or not.

otto4242 from

Somebody reinvents trackbacks and pingbacks. Must be between leap years.

Just to prove that it works from twitter too!…

@mattodon Great!

Matthias from

@spacebuffer nice. I'm looking for such a solution as well. I may try what you did.