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October 29, 2003
Brian seeks a little education about multiple trackbacks

This is only a little question, not a plea for a two day course at no cost. Simply, if I do a posting with a link in it to another Movable Type blog (Samizdata, say), but then revise it a couple of times after it's already been put up on my site (as I have just done), does the linkee (Samizdata) receive three separate "trackback" messages? It sometimes does happen that Samizdata will apparently get four trackbacks, but on inspection three of them will turn out to be the same trackback. Have I just described how that happens, or is some other mechanism involved to create that pseudo-impressive effect?

However it happens, it's not good, I say.

My problem is that I find it hard to really proof-read unless the thing is already published for real, and, theoretically at least, already being looked at by The World. Something then happens inside my brain to make me really notice mistakes, the way I don't when it's only in draft. (Something to do with it being in a different format?) My defect, I'm sure. Must I learn better habits?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:55 AM
Category: Blogging

I have had the same problems. I feel like an idiot when I trackback somebody 3 times upon making corrections to punctuation and grammar. One solution is that on editing already posted entries, I don't "preview" it again. Simply make the changes and hit "save". This seems to prevent duplicate trackbacks.

As so why MT isn't smart enough to recognize that you've already trackbacked something so don't do it again - I don't know.

Comment by: Jonathan Wilde on October 30, 2003 09:17 PM

I think a lot depends on which version of MT you are running as it doesn't seem to be a problem for TB.

If you don't want to upgrade then there is another solution. This is to delete the trackback string thingy in the trackback box at the bottom of the edit screen.

Of course, this requires you to remember that you put it there in the first place.

Comment by: Patrick Crozier on November 4, 2003 12:35 AM
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