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  1. Sorry for the confusion Chris. What I meant about ‘adding content’ is in regards to h-cards. I tried using your invisible code:
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    To bake in categories into my post. I also like the idea of adding a h-summary to each post on my main blog.
    I am assuming that some of this is best done through the theme, that is what I am unsure about.
    For example, when you comment it includes things like syndicated links. Is that the theme or something you do manually?
    Hope that makes sense.
    P.S. Your comment did not come through in the thread. My webmentions playing up once again …

  2. I really liked Colin Walker’s point:

    Until Indieweb support is baked into core WordPress isn’t going to be the answer but there seems to be a reluctance to go this route.

    Needing to manually ping other sites is not going to achieve that.
    I collected some thoughts and reflections on my own tribulations here. I am just confused why the mentions are not even coming through to my spam? What is even more confusing is when I tried to manually add your comment to my ‘Co-claiming’ post, it gave me an error. Who knows what is going on. Maybe the error log has something, not sure.

  3. Alas, I have no good suggestions. I avoid using emojis for the reason Eric Curts stated. If we can’t be assured of displaying the emojis properly, how can we be assured that the visually impaired can “read” what’s presented?

  4. No worries. I’m pretty sure I saw you see it in the IRC chat, but wanted to make sure it actually worked.
    I also have a feeling that 90% of sending that reply was as a test of something I tweaked on my side. 😉

  5. I was sort of wondering where the Norbert Weiner reference in your permalink came from…

    What you’re referring to are Twitter Cards which use custom (invisible) metadata from your website’s header section. Your site that doesn’t display them just isn’t giving any data to Twitter to parse to include it in the tweet. For most WordPress sites the metadata is typically coming from one of many plugins. Most commonly it’s either All In One SEO or Yoast though there are JM Twitter Cards and a slew of others. (Ideally you’d use just one at a time to cut down on potential duplication or even conflicts.) I’ve been using All in One SEO to handle this (and other things) and it typically uses some smart defaults (post title and either the excerpt of the first few lines of the post’s body as well as the featured image) if I don’t go in and change them manually. Within the “social” tab of the plugin’s meta box it allows me to manually change a few parts of the Twitter card including the title, the synopsis, and whether the card uses a small image or a larger one. Some plugins also let you do video and other Twitter card types.

    To get things working you should check the details for your plugin of choice. It typically requires you doing a simple white-listing of your site with Twitter to register that your site knows how to handle specific card types before they work properly. If you need it there’s lots of documentation on Twitter as well as a validator tool to test things out.

    Hopefully this, a bit of reading, and some experimentation will get you the results you’re looking for. Otherwise feel free to ask.

    I don’t remember where I documented it, but I’ve been known to use the extra data in Twitter cards to visually extend the 140/280 character limits Twitter imposes. For bookmarks, reads, and other short link type posts, I’ll often use the “body” of the Twitter card to add my own two cents to what I read in the syndicated copy on Twitter rather than adding it in the main body of the Tweet. Sometimes I’ll use it to add additional context. Often I’ll also use an external image (or the one parsed and included via the Post Kinds plugin) to decorate a Twitter card while my site doesn’t explicitly show an image in my version of the post. For some research related sites I often bookmark, I’ll save a small logo sized image in my images folder for use so that I can quickly use it and not need to bother with custom images on each post [example]. Depending on the plugin, you can typically upload a default photo to use if you don’t explicitly set one. In my case, it’s that image of Norbert Weiner at the chalkboard, though occasionally I’ll change it for fun. I suspect you might use some clever Lego image?

    As a fun example of how various silos create and use their own metadata standards, Kevin Marks wrote a post about Decaying Silos as dead malls for which he carefully marked up the page so that when you share the post on various platforms, you get customized, appropriate, and funny previews of each of them specific to each silo.

  6. RSVPed Attending Virtual Homebrew Website Club Meetup on July 25, 2018

    Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends who want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project…

    Everyone of every level is welcome to participate! Don’t have a domain yet? Come along and someone can help you get started and provide resources for creating the site you’ve always wanted.

    This virtual HWC meeting is for site builders who either can’t make a regular in-person meeting or don’t yet have critical mass to host one in their area. It will be hosted on Google Hangouts.

    Time: July 25, 2018 7:30 pm PDT to July 25, 2018 9:00 pm PDT
    Location: Google Hangouts (link to Hangout TBD)

    I hope the following can come and join me:
    David Shanske
    gRegor Morrill
    Greg McVerry
    William Ian O’Byrne
    Clint Lalonde
    Aaron Davis
    Doug Beal
    Cathie LeBlanc
    John Johnson
    Taylor Jaydin
    Kathleen Fitzpatrick
    Alan Jacobs
    Dan Cohen
    Asher Silberman
    Micah Cambre
    Michael Kirk
    Scott Gruber
    Chris Bolas
    Michael Bishop
    Khürt Williams
    Eddie Hinkle
    Aaron Parecki
    I’ve never done it before, and I’ve never received one myself, but I’m going to send some invitations (via webmention) to folks to join me. I’m curious how the original post will handle it and what Semantic Linkbacks will do and what it will display. Semantic Linkbacks is set up to display RSVP:Invitations, but I’m not sure what will happen. So this post will serve as a test and we’ll see! Is anyone else supporting invitations (sending or displaying)? In the future I could see supporting an Event Invitations page similar to my Mentions page which displays all the events I’ve been invited to.
    Incidentally I’m noticing that there’s also an issue in the latest update that RSVP’s on prior event posts aren’t facepiling like they should/used to.

    Syndicated copies to: WordPress icon

  7. Kin Lane as the API Evangelist also puts forward a similar argument:
    Nobody, but us low-level delusional developers believe in API interoperability. The executives don’t give a shit about it. Unless it supports the latest myth-information campaign. In the long run, nobody wants their APIs to work together, we all just want EVERYONE to use OUR APIs!

  8. Yes, also the comment arrived here looking good, mine get sent including the quote (which you didn’t have on your post as it is a note kind). I am also wondering how your comment got here? I can see any link to my site in the comments. I wonder if this oen will appear on your site? I am going to look at the Buttons fork, but might look at something local too.

  9. Something like that.
    Since the comment section of WordPress sites with Webmention set up will send them automatically to any link in the reply, you just need links to all the upstream things to be automatically added to your replies. It would be nice if the plugin would do this automatically for any links on the page as well, but for now you’d have to do it manually.

  10. You could probably add it as a site specific plugin, or potentially throw the line into your functions.php file, you’d just need to have it load before the Post Kinds plugin code. (Otherwise the Post Kinds code sets it as false and then it would be ignored.) As mentioned at the bottom of that post, I personally have it hiding at the end of my wp-config.php, so it’s one of the first things declared.

  11. Hi Aaron,
    I’ve updated the gist to go straight to the clipboard without interaction. Saves a few keystrokes. Only briefly tested;-)

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