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Stupid thought: we have always had trackbacks/pingbacks (and then disabled them, ’cause spam/for security reasons).

And although they’re generally not that useful (there’s no “support” for replies, likes, etc.) most WordPress themes support microformats1 just fine.

We _were_ 80% there. (Okay, more like 75%.)

“WordPress+IndieWeb as the OS of the Open Social Web” zylstra.org/blog/2022/09/wordp

The real improvement is microformats2 (actual post types, yay!) and the Webmention and Semantic Linkbacks plugins (and the like), so that these site-to-site interactions, which themselves aren’t very new, can be displayed much better/clearer.

Rather than implement that last 20%, or 25%, we killed pingbacks and moved our conversations to a single, closed-off site. And created a *huge* moderation problem. The “spam” (trolling, disinformation, and such) is still there, but we ourselves cannot control it (and Twitter can’t either).

Either way, adding microformats2 to *themes* is *incredibly easy*—mf1 are already in nearly every theme!—and WP.org (through the default themes) and Automattic/ThemeShaper *should* take the lead.

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