Replied to An Indieweb Podcast: Episode 7: The Reverse Salmention by David ShanskeDavid Shanske (David Shanske)

In this last episode before Chris Aldrich and I head to the Indieweb Summit in Portland, Oregon, he and I discuss my continual messing up of people’s Indieweb experience, little things I’ve hidden in plugins, web-signin vs IndieAuth, etc.

David and Chris, I love the idea of a Q&A section. Here then are my submissions:

  • What is the difference between a pingbacks/trackbacks and webmentions?
  • What is the difference between using a child theme for modifications and an additional plugin, such as the one you mentioned in regards to post kinds?
  • You often mention that various microformats are ‘experimental’, who decides that and how do they stop being so?

Not sure if my questions make sense or offer any value to anybody else, but they are some of the things that have really stuck out to me while listening.

Replied to Update on #IndieWeb WordPress UX Research (
For the past two months I have started the data collection to help understand the IndieWeb user base and how we can help onboarding people through WordPress.
Sorry, I have been meaning to get back to you in regards to your research. Happy to help out with any surveys or anything, just not sure about the logistics.
Replied to Defining the IndieWeb by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)

The IndieWeb can be many different things. It is:

  • a website;
  • an independent network of websites;
  • an idea;
  • a concept;
  • a set of broad-based web standards;
  • a set of principles;
  • a philosophy;
  • a group of people;
  • a support network;
  • an organization;
  • an inclusive community;
  • a movement;
  • a Utopian dream of what the decentralized, open Internet could be.

In some sense it is all of these things and many more.

In the end though, the real question is:

What do you want the IndieWeb to be?

I have had a go at defining or at least mapping out what the IndieWeb is before here and here. However, you have taken it to the next step.

I liked Greg McVerry’s recent rewrite of the principles, as much for the intent as for what he captures. Maybe that could be a possibility for people? Like WordPress did with GDPR, provide a default starting point and revise it to represent your own flavour?

I am reminded of my many debates and discussions around the notion of ‘digital literacies‘, that what matters is the process. That is why I really liked your closing provocation:

What do you want the IndieWeb to be?

This comes back to your point about building a better web:

I’m not looking for just a “hipster-web”, but a new and demonstrably better web.

RSVPed Interested in Attending
The eighth annual gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists, to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.
I won’t be there in person, but I am sure I will catch up on the content produced as I have before. I therefore bought a ticket in principle.
Liked Notes from Virtual Homebrew Website Club: Blogging 101 edition (
Well Cathy and I did not have any students looking for Blogging 101 help so we spent the hour in an #IndieWeb support group. Cathie Leblanc: #indieweb @cathielebland: I am focusing on content right now. When I go on contract I will be general education coordinator. The exciting thing about #indieweb...
Bookmarked Allowing arbitrary HTML in the Summary/Quote field in the Post Kinds Plugin by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
Now you can have richer reply contexts on your posts in WordPress
Chris Aldrich continues to document his changes associated WordPress and the #IndieWeb.
Replied to Lending a Hand (
Looking for an way to start contributing to the @WordPress #IndieWeb community? No coding or theme editing necessary? We need help testing and recording different syndication tools for a few themes. Basically publishing a bunch of test posts under a variety of conditions and recording what happens in a gDoc. Great way to give back or get involved in this community.
Let me know how I can help Greg. I always find it hard to contribute and give back. In part based on time, but also feeling that I am at a different level.
Replied to 👓 Turning off Facebook for Bridgy | by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
Read Turning off Facebook for Bridgy by Ryan Barrett Ryan Barrett ( I announced recently that Bridgy Publish for Facebook would shut down soon. Facebook’s moves to restrict its API to improve privacy and security are laudable, and arguably ... This is so disappointing. Facebook is lite...
Now all we need is a tool to easily take a Facebook archive and back it up in our own space. I recently deleted all my posts and messages in FB, I just wish I could integrate it with my Read Write Collect site.